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Our Schools, Cut Off From the Web

Our Schools, Cut Off From the Web | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Educational achievement, a healthy population, political participation and economic opportunity depend in significant ways on how we structure and manage our spreading digital frontier.
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Commenting on Obama's declaration of high-speed Internet "in nearly every public school" in the context of President Clinton saying virtually the same thing in 1996, Luis Ubinas makes some astute observations on our progress. AND notes that the key is the library & librarian. True. No matter how well-connected & speedy the Internet is, there is still a dire need for someone in the school to TEACH KIDS HOW TO USE IT PROPERLY.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 17, 2013 6:53 PM

So there is a digital divide.

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, July 5, 2013 11:43 AM
A digital divide AND an instructional divide. When libraries are left unfunded for years at a time and librarians are fired, laid off, or shoved back into the classroom then valuable information literacy instruction is lost to countless students.

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What To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again

What To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again 
by Terry Heick
At the end of every school year, you lose dozens of relationships that changed you.
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Get out the hanky...

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12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
LEGO Bricks are toys. They’re items that students willingly seek out to play with and get excited to receive as gifts under the Christmas tree. That’s one of the things that make them so useful to teachers.
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Start hitting those summer yard sales to collect LEGO Bricks on the cheap and then get ready for some cool uses when school starts back!

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How to Turn Digital Games Into a Fun Physical Learning Experience at School

How to Turn Digital Games Into a Fun Physical Learning Experience at School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In order to take learning to the next level, there’s an experiment in Pittsburgh that brings game designers closer to the educators who want games for learning.
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I love the description of the grammar game. We all know that learning that takes place when we're engaged, active, and in the moment is learning that is stickier than what we get when we're passive and inactive. This is transformative learning!

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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”
Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives.
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Every librarian needs to read this blog post - it is the soul-searing affirmation of why we do what we do. Because there is no nobler profession than that of the person who makes sure everyone has access to stories...

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 16, 9:50 PM

'Must read' article on the underestimated power of story to transcend and transform lives. (Includes 'soundcloud' of Neil Gaiman's lecture, with  transcript highlights).

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 19, 8:41 AM

Brilliant!

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 24, 11:20 AM

Good article. It is possible to have management actions delivered to last?

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Collaborative & Creative Online Learning | Tech Learning

Collaborative & Creative Online Learning | Tech Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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A great blog post from Tech & Learning with links to activities to share with your students or teacher-learners.

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Audio Projects for Digital Learners: 30+ Resources | Teacher Reboot Camp

Audio Projects for Digital Learners: 30+ Resources | Teacher Reboot Camp | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Audio Projects for Digital Learners: 30+ Resources http://t.co/PRYZOC3eZf #edtech #tlchat #makerspaces #makered
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Sometimes The 'Tough Teen' Is Quietly Writing Stories

Sometimes The 'Tough Teen' Is Quietly Writing Stories | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Young adult fiction writer Matt de la Peña didn't finish reading a novel until he was in college. In his Mexican-American family, men who read books were seen as "soft." But he discovered his passion in literature, which he now shares with his young readers and family.
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Powerful article by Matt de la Pena that will help us see the "disrupters" in a different light. Share!

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7 steps toward a successful presentation

7 steps toward a successful presentation | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In my capacities as executive coach and professional development provider, I regularly prepare presentations for live and Web audiences.
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While this blog post is really geared towards the sales pitch presentation, it's worth reading if you're ever in the position of delivering professional development, too. A simple approach but one that could make the difference between a good session and a great one.

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Why Students Should Read

Why Students Should Read | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Why Students Should Read
by Terry Heick
Lately, there’s something about reading that’s bothering me.
I’ve written about it before, but never quite said what I was trying to say because I’m not sure what I mean to say.
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I can't praise Terry Heick's article highly enough. Keep this with you because you will refer back to it over and over again. It's that powerful.

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Holus Is A Tabletop Device That Turns Digital Media Into A 3D Hologram

Holus Is A Tabletop Device That Turns Digital Media Into A 3D Hologram | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 Launched on Kickstarter this morning, Holus is a tabletop device that converts digital content into a 3D hologram. Created by H+ Technologies out of Vancouver, the campaign has nearly doubled its goal of $40,000 in its first 2 hours.
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An interesting step in the technological progression to 3D tools for examining things like Stonehenge, Mt. Everest, etc. I won't be stepping up to buy this but I am very interested in seeing what comes next!

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Google Brings New Street View Imagery To 40 Remote Islands And Underwater Locations

 Google launched a new batch of regular and underwater Street View imagery today that lets you swim with humpback whales off the Cook Islands, dive with parrot fish off the coast of Bali, or walk on a beach in American Samoa.
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Interesting - should be fun for students to tune in and get an actual, real-time picture of what's going on in a particular place in the ocean.

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The 10 Most Popular TED Ed Videos for Students

The 10 Most Popular TED Ed Videos for Students | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
June 3, 2015
One of the wonderful video resources we have been recommending for teachers and students is TED Ed video library on YouTube. This library features a wide variety of educational videos...
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I want to watch every single one of them - great for answering those nagging questions that might pique an interest. 

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Maralee Parker's curator insight, June 5, 9:48 AM

end of year?

RebeccaMoore's curator insight, June 7, 8:40 PM

This video resource offers several topics that may interest students and inspire them in their fields of study.

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Part 1: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

Part 1: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post and the summer of 2015… at least in the USA. I have a real treat for you in the coming weeks. I will be sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox!...
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Marisa Martinez's curator insight, June 24, 4:37 PM

Summer 40 education websites for your patrons.

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Design Principles for Participatory Politics

Design Principles for Participatory Politics | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Design Principles for Participatory Politics http://t.co/ux1KwT7mRB
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Wow! 10 principles outlined that will have educators thinking about how it applies to the classroom. I know I'm going to have to read it several times to get the full force of Dr. Jenkins' post but it's worth it if only to read about the various projects and social media campaigns he uses to illustrate the principle. 

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Teacher Challenged for Reading “King & King” Resigns

Teacher Challenged for Reading “King & King” Resigns | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Omar Currie. Omar Currie, a third-grade teacher in Efland, NC, who came under fire for reading the picture book King & King (Tricycle Press, 2003) to his third grade class in April, resigned from his position at Efland-Cheeks (NC) Elementary School...
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I hope he finds another position and continues to be an educator. This is a reminder for anyone who thinks censorship and intolerance are things of the past...

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Make a Chair that's Also a Bookshelf — Furniture | Make:

Make a Chair that's Also a Bookshelf — Furniture | Make: | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
No matter where you turn in this bookshelf chair, you'll always have a book at hand, because this chair has shelving for 18' of books.
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Get the complete directions and put this one in your library! Great way to use weeded books, too!

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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning.
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Published back in March and I don't know how it flew under my radar. If you're just getting started with blended learning or interested in tweaking your established classroom, this blog post will give you some great tips and ideas.

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Ruth Charles's curator insight, June 16, 8:20 PM

An interesting read for teachers considering Blended Learning as an option for their classrooms.

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After Three Years In Development, Mobli Unveils Real-Time Image Search Engine EyeIn

After Three Years In Development, Mobli Unveils Real-Time Image Search Engine EyeIn | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 Mobli, the photo- and video-based social network, launched three years ago, but it has just uncovered its flagship product, a real-time image search engine called EyeIn.
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Here's another opportunity to uncover web content. Preview before sharing with students to make sure results align with your community standards.

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ISTE Honors School Librarians as Tech Leaders

ISTE Honors School Librarians as Tech Leaders | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Cathy Knutson Two librarians earned a nod from their peers as tech trailblazers in their schools—winning recognition from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) members as part of its 2015 Professional Learning Network (PLN)...
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I'd love to see more librarians recognized by the Ed Tech world for the vast contributions they've made to 21st century learners in K-12. Hopefully, these librarians represent just the beginning!

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Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)

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How appropriate, then, that the AASL National Conference will be held there in November!

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International Children's Digital Library Offers Tons of Free eBooks for Kids

International Children's Digital Library Offers Tons of Free eBooks for Kids | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
June 11, 2015
International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is an iPad app that offers a plethora of free books specifically selected for kids and young learners. The app is a fruit of the...
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And who doesn't want a large quantity of free eBooks for their students?

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, June 13, 2:02 PM

Great place!

Sally Tilley's curator insight, June 14, 6:43 PM

Thank you for sharing!

 

Una healy's curator insight, June 15, 6:12 AM

fantastic, will definitely be checking this app out #viclibstud2015 #lovetechnology #iwantmyipadback

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Preschoolers and Praise: Messages That Can Help Kids Grow

Preschoolers and Praise: Messages That Can Help Kids Grow | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
By Deborah Farmer Kris
A three-year-old dressed in a superhero cape collapses in a corner and yells, “I can’t put on my shoes! I can’t!” A four-year-old proudly sets the table “all by myself,” only to fall apart when a glass of water tips over.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

This is information that should be handed to every parent at the point of registering them for kindergarten... well, really, new parents should get it as they leave the medical facility, IMHO

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Laurie Chiu-Mar's curator insight, June 11, 6:33 PM

This reminds me of this poem... 

Children Learn What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.


If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live

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The Big Green Book: Robert Graves and Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Vintage Children’s Book About the Magic of Reading

The Big Green Book: Robert Graves and Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Vintage Children’s Book About the Magic of Reading | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A subversive celebration of how books transform us.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

Lovely blog post about young Maurice Sendak illustrating a book that has long been overshadowed by the more wildly successful "Where the Wild Things Are." That the book is about the magic of reading makes it even more alluring - wouldn't it be fun to find a copy and compare the illustrator's growth over time? Enjoy!

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Tumblr Debuts Its Own GIF Search Engine

 Tumblr this morning is rolling out a new feature designed to take advantage of the extensive collection of GIFs hosted on its service: a GIF search engine.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

While I can't speak to the copyright issues this may bring up, this could prove useful in the library world when students need images for projects.

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