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Awesome Visual on The Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids

Awesome Visual on The Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Below is a graphic I come across while wading through my feeds today. The visual emphasizes the importance of read-alouds  in early literacy learning. It also features a set of interesting facts...
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This is something we librarians have known all along but thiis graphic will be a great additiona to the school library wall - or even a common area where parents will see it on a daily basis. I think this could also be used to drive home the importance of reading aloud in the upper grades, too.

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Why The Digital Humanities Matter

Why The Digital Humanities Matter | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Those of us who live in the humanities wing of the academic mansion constantly hear people telling us that we are “in crisis.” In June 2013, the Wall Street Journal featured the article “Humanities Fall From Favor.” Four days later, the Chronicle...
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This passage struck me: "We desperately need a discipline whose sole purpose is to investigate, experiment, and create meanings for this new electronic world of information. That is the role of the digital humanities today." 

Am I being too simplistic when I say that libraries and librarians already provide this discipline? Maybe I'm reading this wrong but I am struck by what this writer calls Digital Humanities and where this concept is in relation to libraries.

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Apply by June 1 for YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week Grants

Apply by June 1 for YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week Grants | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are seeking innovative and literacy-focused Teen Read Week™ programming proposals.
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Don't let this deadline pass you by if you want to apply for funding!

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, April 15, 1:17 PM

Looking for a funding source for a special program in your school library? See if you qualify for this literacy program.

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Gmail Now Lets You Insert Photos Automatically Backed Up From Your Smartphone Via Google+

Gmail Now Lets You Insert Photos Automatically Backed Up From Your Smartphone Via Google+ | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 I may not use Google+ all that often for social interaction, but its Auto Backup service for photos is incredibly handy, and now it’s even handier thanks to a new Gmail feature introduced today.
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A new feature for Google+ users that will be incredibly handy...

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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.
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We should REALLY be paying attention to this, folks. I realize that one should not put all faith in a single study but when even one study shows that reading comprehension DROPPED when using electronic books it is something of which we should take notice. Even more telling is the young readers skipping "text altogether, engaging instead with the books' interactive visual features." Don't get me wrong - I see a place for electronic resources but schools putting all their eggs into this basket are going to (IMHO) come to regret the decision.

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
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While I scooped this article when it first appeared in October of 2013, I think it bears repeating. Neil Gaiman speaks so eloquently about the importance of libraries. You could mine this article for excellent sound bites to use every time somebody says, "Why do we need libraries? We have the Internet!" Share with your school community and keep it in your back pocket when you have to justify yourself to the budget people (and you know you will...)

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 4, 1:49 PM

This is a great article with no easy way to summarize. Reading and daydreaming lead to creativity does not do it justice.

Christine Jansen's curator insight, April 4, 2:26 PM

Not only do I love his writing, but I also love that he is such an advocate for libraries!

Bisou Ross's curator insight, April 10, 10:51 AM

When books in all their forms stay  number one among plenty of funny newly created media and entertaining as well as learning tools and gadgets !

 

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Scratch with Barrow & Van Meter - Google+

Scratch with Barrow & Van Meter - Google+ | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Andy Plemmons is always thinking ahead of the curve and innovating with his students at Barrow Elementary. If you missed this Google+ Hangout session, come see the archived event.

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IFTTT Gets An iPad App, Curated Recipe Collections And Native Notifications

IFTTT Gets An iPad App, Curated Recipe Collections And Native Notifications | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Today, the Internet glue service IFTTT gets an iPad app to complement its offerings on the iPhone and the web. You can also now use native push notifications in your recipes, and collections of recipes have gotten much more exposure.
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Love this app! Check it out!

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Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy Reading Havens with Inventive Design in Your Library

Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy Reading Havens with Inventive Design in Your Library | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Reading caves at the Madison (WI) Central Library, designed by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle Architecture.
Photograph for SLJ by Narayan Mahon
Why is it that people “curl up” with books?
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I could look at these all day... Some great ideas (both large and small) to consider for creating little nooks for your library patrons. Enjoy!

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Awesome Explanation on The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Sources for Students

Awesome Explanation on The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Sources for Students | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
April 3, 2014
Knowing the difference between primary and secondary sources is  essential for students working on research projects. In the video below, LeFever from Commoncraft explains this...
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Leave it to Commoncraft to come up with a simple and useful explanation on the difference between primary and secondary sources. Share this with your students when they come in for that next research assignment.

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These Adorable Penguins Can Show You How Skype Is Trying To Revolutionize ... - Business Insider

These Adorable Penguins Can Show You How Skype Is Trying To Revolutionize ... - Business Insider | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
These Adorable Penguins Can Show You How Skype Is Trying To Revolutionize ...
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Since Skype launched its education initiative, Skype in the Classroom, nearly three years ago, the community has really taken off.
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Wondered about Skype in the Classroom? Check out this video that shows the power of leading kids directly to their subject. This is Primary Sourcing at its finest (and who doesn't love penguins?)

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Refreshing methods of introducing poetry to students - Innovate My School

Refreshing methods of introducing poetry to students - Innovate My School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Great poetry can be the kind of art that stays with you forever, be it Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney or Daffodils by William Wordsworth. However, given the old-school nature of poetry means that a lot of students will need a great introduction from a teacher. James Harlan discusses some cool ideas for getting students into the artform.
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These are some ideas you could use for poetry month! Enjoy!

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Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives

Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
NBA superstar Dwyane Wade and NYT bestselling author James Patterson join forces for their second webcast about literacy released April 24.
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Check this out, library peeps! Should be a good show to tune into on April 24th. 

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational...
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This one statement, IMHO, is a powerful one that explains so much: "Adults who feel hard-pressed to predict or control their own destinies, and who feel confused about the “big issues of life,” Abbott notes, are less willing to give children the time and space they need to shape their own futures."

Is it any wonder there has been a distinct rise in "helicopter" parenting? Why children today are over-scheduled and stressed? Why the number of children and teens diagnosed with depression or who cut themselves or who are medicated so they can deal with school has grown almost exponentially? A sobering read (but we already knew that...)

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The Definition Of Combination Learning

The Definition Of Combination Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Definition Of Combination Learning Combination Learning is a new teaching and learning strategy for the 21st century. The definition of Combination Learning is learning through the flexible combination of two or more learning components.
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Interesting article, interesting concept. 

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I don't know that the fact of combining "means + topic + public/ assessment tools" is that new, but what is interesting is the variety of computer based tools that can be used to creative assignments with the learners.

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Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch

Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
This year’s Collaborative Summer Reading theme is STEM-related. STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) is making its way into library programs via makerspaces, Hour of Code, Teen Tech Week, and digital creation programs.
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Creating a summer reading program? Read this for great ideas!

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3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning

3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Promoting A Culture Of Learning In Your Classroom by Terry Heick Learning is a culture. It starts there—with the students first as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends there—with students using...
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Love this...it seems so simple but it takes a real shift in teaching strategies to make it work. This is why I love MakerSpaces, Flipped Classroom models, and libraries as information creation spaces. 

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To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
That distant rumble? It’s just me, tearing down the silos that plague the library world. Pick up a sledgehammer and help.
As current chair of the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee.
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Very much worth reading, library friends. Chris nails it in this thoughtful and thought-provoking piece. As an ALA At-Large Counselor I hear him loud and clear. I wonder who else might be listening?

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Teachers' Visual Guide to Using Google Calendar

Teachers' Visual Guide to Using Google Calendar | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
April , 2014
Google Calendar is one of the best free web tools I have been using for few years now. As a teacher, you can use Google Calendar for a wide variety of purposes. You can for instance...
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This is a very well done tutorial on using Google calendars for teachers.

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Thousands of Free High Resolution Maps for Teachers to Use and Download

Thousands of Free High Resolution Maps for Teachers to Use and Download | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
April 4, 2014
New York Public Library has recently announced the release of more than 20.000 cartographic works and maps as high resolution downloads. NYPL is distributing these maps under a ...
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This is great for sharing with your Social Studies teachers. Those of you with poster printers will be happy to know that these are high res downloads so you should be able to blow them up for classroom display. Enjoy!

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Happy Cheese Weasel Day!

Happy Cheese Weasel Day! | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Today is April 3rd, Cheese Weasel Day, and it’s time to celebrate those in your life who fix your computer on the daily.
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Have you thanked your Tech Support person today? April 3rd is the day - read all about the Cheese Weasel then watch the music video to put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

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Announcing SLJ’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You?

Announcing SLJ’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
SLJ’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award
School Library Journal is launching the 2014 School Library of the Year Award sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing.
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Well...? Could it be you? Self-nominate or nominate someone you know is making the world a better place through his/her library. Good luck!

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5 Ways To Do EdTech On A Shoestring Budget

5 Ways To Do EdTech On A Shoestring Budget | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
If teachers ran the government, we wouldn’t have a national debt. Teachers are frugal. Very frugal. I’m not saying I reuse dental floss or anything, but the lengths I’ve gone to save money are amazing.
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Practical, useful suggestions including BYOD, TEDx, streaming, and more. I especially love the first line of the article: "If teachers ran the government, we wouldn't have a national debt. Teachers are frugal." Indeed.

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ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal That Recommends Elimination of IMLS

ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal That Recommends Elimination of IMLS | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
From the American Library Association: In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting...
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Barbara Stripling is so eloquent and pointed in her response. I simply do not understand the thought process behind Rep. Ryan's budget and his complete UNFUNDING of IMLS. The only thing that makes sense is that he is one of those "in charge" that is absolutely terrified of an informed citizenry.

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The 5 Elements Students Should Look For When Evaluating Web Content

The 5 Elements Students Should Look For When Evaluating Web Content | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
March , 2014
In a section in her wonderful book "Understanding The Social Lives of Networked Teens" Danah Boyd talked extensively about the concept of digital natives and argued that this...
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If you've been paying attention at all, you've know for years that "digital natives" are not necessarily information literate. As Danah Boyd notes in her book, "Just because teens are comfortable using social media to hang out does not mean that they’re fluent in or with technology. Many teens are not nearly as digitally adept as the often-used assumption that they are “digital natives” would suggest."

So check out this blog post that explains the CRAAP test to share with tweens and teens.

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Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, April 2, 8:28 AM

Nice clear video, not sure about acrony of CRAAP for ES, but MS and higher-similar to RADCAB, 

Character Minutes's curator insight, April 3, 1:15 PM

Good advice and easily understood!

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ProQuest Celebrates America's Libraries with Free Resources and Video Contest - PR Newswire (press release)

ProQuest Celebrates America's Libraries with Free Resources and Video Contest - PR Newswire (press release) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
ProQuest Celebrates America's Libraries with Free Resources and Video Contest PR Newswire (press release) ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ProQuest, an information firm central to research, joins libraries in schools, campuses and...
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Free resources available for National Library Week with some extensions as much as 30 days. Take advantage!

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