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STEAM, a Pinterest Board

STEAM, a Pinterest Board | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
SLJ’s STEAM-themed page on Pinterest. We’re all for hands-on learning, and libraries, both school and public, are uniquely suited to host activities around STEAM, a concept incorporating arts into STEM (science, technology, and math) that’s gaining...
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Looks like a great spot to keep bookmarked for revisiting often! Great ideas creatively presented.

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Valinda Carroll's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:55 PM

While not specifically about art conservation, STEAM can include art conservation topics. I am excited about the recent STEAM initiatives at RISD and other places where they are trying to show the need for art in the curriculum.

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Are You a Tour Guide Teacher or Co-Explorer?

Are You a Tour Guide Teacher or Co-Explorer? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Consultant Gravity Goldberg says teachers can be co-explorers, not just tour guides, and create opportunities for students to find their own way. Sample unit!
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I love Gravity Goldberg's analogy of teaching to that of a tour guide or co-explorer. (I love her name, too, but that's another story!). She very clearly outlines the requirements and the consequences of being a tour guide teacher and how that is sometimes what is needed. Then she goes on to talk about what it's like to be a co-explorer with our students along with the requirements and consequences of that plan of action. I see librarians straddling both roles. We want our students to really know the "lay of the land" but then we want them to be independent selectors of their reading materials. Sometimes we need to be the guide and sometimes we need to sit back and let them explore. How do we help our classroom colleagues do the same?
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Advocacy Begins with Each of Us: #Leg2SchLibrary Part II | Knowledge Quest

Advocacy Begins with Each of Us: #Leg2SchLibrary Part II | Knowledge Quest | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When I served as president of our Virginia school librarians’ association, the theme for my presidential year was “Advocacy Begins with You!” However, as I have reflected over the past decade or so, I’ve revised that slightly to emphasize that... Read More ›
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Take a look at this timely article by AASL president Audrey Church! The lucky school librarians going to GLMA Summer Institute will get to hear this powerful call for advocacy in person as Audrey will be providing the opening keynote. Enjoy!
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Teaching Strategies to Detect Fake News

Teaching Strategies to Detect Fake News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
An overview of teaching strategies, lesson plans, resources, and ideas you might find valuable as you teach your students about the dangers of fake news and the means to counteract it.
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Nice collection of teaching tools for the fake news phenomenon - this is a great set to keep in your back pocket, librarians!
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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.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
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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AASL's Busy and Wonderful Year: PW Talks with Audrey Church

AASL's Busy and Wonderful Year: PW Talks with Audrey Church | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The outgoing president of the American Association of School Librarians discusses standout moments from her time in office and what may lie ahead for AASL members.
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Georgia librarians were treated to a visit by Audrey during our annual conference, Summer Institute. She was delightful - giving us inside info about AASL (and inspiring some attendees to join!) and hosting a session on advocacy that our participants found very informative and practical. I hope that her visit to Georgia was a fitting send off for a wonderful AASL President!
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The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool

The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What Kind Of World Are We Preparing Students For? The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool
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In my humble opinion, this is a must-read for librarians, instructional technology teachers, and anyone else heavily invested in edtech. This is my take-away from this article: "Students need to be prepared for the real word–the one that they live in each day and will build lives and careers in. The digital world has become a part of the real world, but has not replaced it. The future isn’t digital, it’s real and tangible and all around us, and digital technology is only a part of that whole. Students need to be prepared to make good choices and have built the skills that they need to succeed outside of computer-generated content."
Well said, indeed.
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School Librarian Collaborates with Classroom Teacher to Boost Ebook Circulation

School Librarian Collaborates with Classroom Teacher to Boost Ebook Circulation | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In Georgia, a new digital book club boosted ebook circulation—and got fifth graders talking about classic literature.
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If you're looking for ways boost your eBook circulation, take a look at this article by Georgia librarian Linda Martin!
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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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