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Easily Organize your Dropbox Files with This Awesome iPad App

Easily Organize your Dropbox Files with This Awesome iPad App | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
If you are like me then Dropbox is one of the tools you use on everyday basis. The cloud-based facilities it provides are too valuable to be missed and barring Google Drive, no other web tool...
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Boxie is the app described in this article and it looks like a welcome addition to those who use Dropbox to keep all their files easily accessible. This is a good one to share with teachers who may be new to Dropbox and are looking for ways to better organize it.

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What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Screenshot/High Tech High The term "project-based learning" gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they're learnin
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Interesting article that shows the difference between "project-based learning" and "project-oriented learning." Good to know...

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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A school library blossoms from a quiet reading and research space to a full-scale "Learning Commons."
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So many great ideas to take from this...

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 21, 9:57 AM

Now this is a great idea! 

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AASL @ ALA Annual Conference | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

AASL @ ALA Annual Conference | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
AASL meetings, programs and special events at the ALA Annual Conference.
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Check out the AASL events at ALA San Francisco!

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4 Great Educational iPad Apps Are Free Today

4 Great Educational iPad Apps Are Free Today | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
April 16, 2015
In today's post we are sharing with you some  excellent iPad apps that have gone free today. You might be already familiar with them for we have reviewed them here several times...
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Grab them up for free and play away!

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
by Terry Heick
Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.
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I love the Learning Taxonomy pie chart and I love the chart from The Right Question Institute. Good librarians have known for years (forever?) that the right question can mean the difference between helping and frustrating a patron - let's make sure students know how to focus their questions, too! Share this with your teachers.

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A-Writer's curator insight, April 16, 4:24 AM

http://www.a-writer.com/

Character Minutes's curator insight, April 16, 9:50 PM

Video demonstration of a question seminar with student.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians (L.A. Teachers Too!)

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians (L.A. Teachers Too!) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Via Karen Bonanno, Lourense Das, Dennis T OConnor, Tina Rettler-Pagel, KB...Konnected, Tom Perran
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Another wonderful post for media specialists!

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Tom Perran's curator insight, April 11, 10:05 PM
Great site for tech resources for the classroom!
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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom
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Awesome blog post from Te@chthought writers.

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Only Few Know about These Good Classroom Tools

Only Few Know about These Good Classroom Tools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
April 13, 2015
Looking for a utility you can deploy and use at the district, school, or classroom levels? Here are a set of useful tools that can use to make your lives, and the lives of other...
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Short and sweet - this article is right on target with tools to help you in the library and help your teachers in their classrooms!

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4 Google Drive Tools Teachers Should Have

4 Google Drive Tools Teachers Should Have | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
April 12, 2015
In today's post we are sharing with you four important Chrome apps to enhance your  productivity on Google Drive. We have already reviewed each of these apps in separate posts in...
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Quick read with great tips!

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Zaption: Interactive Instructional Videos

Zaption: Interactive Instructional Videos | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
  If you are not familiar with Zaption, it is a free service that allows you to make videos interactive. These do not have to be videos you have created, they can be videos from YouTube even. ...
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This looks like a very interesting tool at the author gives some great ideas for using it in the classroom.

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Jennifer McDonald's curator insight, April 7, 11:26 PM

Zaption allows the teacher to insert text on the video, to draw or annotate on the video or to insert thought provoking questions.


This could be huge!!! Especially in flipped classrooms or where you want the students to see an experiment and think about why and how things are happening as they see them! 

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 18, 9:17 AM

This has some great applications and implications - the author does a great job explaining the features and usefulness in various settings.  Makes this an exciting proposition!

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Cope earns Media Specialist of the Year for 2015 - Cherokee Ledger

Cope earns Media Specialist of the Year for 2015 - Cherokee Ledger | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Woodstock Middle School Media Specialist Wendy Cope is always on the move, whether she is searching for the perfect classroom teacher resource, exploring new technology for the media center or matching up a student with the perfect novel.
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Wow! Congratulations Wendy - she's presenting at GLMA Summer Institute 2015, too!

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IdeaLab | AASL National Conference

IdeaLab | AASL National Conference | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Send in your proposal for this "best practice event showcasing collaborative projects" to be held at the AASL National Conference on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

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McDonough school employee wins media specialist of the year - NeighborNewspapers.com

McDonough school employee wins media specialist of the year - NeighborNewspapers.com | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Kristen Garner of Eagle’s Landing Middle School in McDonough was recently named the Henry County School System media specialist of the year during a surprise visit by county administrators and the media specialist of the year selection committee.
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Congratulations to Kristen Garner of Eagle's Landing Middle School. She's Henry County Georgia Media Specialist of the Year!

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Washington Library Media Association Releases Op-Ed: “Look in School Libraries for Graduation Rates”

Washington Library Media Association Releases Op-Ed: “Look in School Libraries for Graduation Rates” | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Two Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) presidents, future and current, have written an op-ed article urging the public to take WLMA’s new impact study, connecting student achievement with teacher librarians, very seriously.
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Link to the full report can be found in this article.

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Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech | Tech Learning

Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech | Tech Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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But... we all knew that, right?

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Paul Simmons's curator insight, April 20, 5:55 AM

Schools are making mistakes for overlooking the skills and knowledge that librarians have about technology. When actually they are often at the forefront of technology. 

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Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship

Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The horror stories of young people not grasping the reach and influence of the content they put online are familiar to all of us.
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Excellent article to share with teachers AND parents. 

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Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A comic book rendering of Dawn K. Wing, a media and reader services librarian in New York.
I discovered the power of graphic novels as a language-learning tool while teaching English in Japan in 2006.
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Great article talking about how graphic novels can help your ELLs - most of which also translates to helping low readers who don't necessarily have the language issue. The author also includes information for helping kids (or you) create original comics!

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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates
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I love this statement: If anything, the internet has added to the range of services libraries provide and in turn this has also increased the variety of roles available to librarians.

While we in the profession know that to be true, it is difficult to make that known to the casual user (or the school administrator or state legislators). This would be an excellent article to keep on hand when that person comes in and comments on how nice it is to have a job where you can read all day...

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Anita Vance's curator insight, April 16, 5:56 PM

Great sharing of the detailed work we do for every person we help.  Thank you!

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Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 13 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 13 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and more.
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I love this thoughtful post on courage and finding worthy role models through books and reading. I believe that the library is the last place in public school where a child is free to explore his or her passions and interests without regards to being tested or judged. The list of books discussed will provide librarians with a worthy set to have on hand for students. 

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Questions to Promote Reflective Digital Citizenship in Students - Looking Up

Questions to Promote Reflective Digital Citizenship in Students - Looking Up | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In my post “Beyond Private and Public in Social Media” I called for an approach to teaching students about digital citizenship that does more than try to mitigate risk: “Students need adults who will guide and support them as they navigate the complexities of relationships and online sharing. They need adults who can help them find answers and …
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This would be a great article to use when planning your introduction to digital citizenship programming. 

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30 Innovative Ways to Use Twitter In the Classroom

30 Innovative Ways to Use Twitter In the Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Do you use Twitter in your classroom as part of your lesson plans? If not, don’t worry—you’re not alone.
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Great list of suggestions and ideas - keep in mind the minimum age requirements for a Twitter account!

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The Benefits of Adaptive Learning Technology

The Benefits of Adaptive Learning Technology | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Adaptive learning has long been a part of education. The basic concept is simple: Coursework should be adapted to meet the individual needs of each student.
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Libraries have always been adaptive...

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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My favorite line from this article: Libraries are reinventing themselves as content becomes more accessible online and their role becomes less about housing tomes and more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge.


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5 Big Ways Education Will Change By 2020

5 Big Ways Education Will Change By 2020 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In the next five years, we'll start to rethink a lot about education, from what's in school lunches to what a college degree really means.
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I couldn't help but read this article through the lenses of my "library glasses." Where do we fit in as educators in the edtech world? Why do we need libraries if students can access our resources remotely? The key is in point #2: the success of tech will still rely on skilled teachers. That's us. The skilled, professionally trained and certified school library media specialist. The tool is nothing without curated content.

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Eugenia Papaioannou's curator insight, April 4, 7:34 AM

Definitely, a lot of changes will take place in the next years in education. Are we, the educators, ready to update our role? What about gender equity in schools? 

Annie M Herbert's curator insight, April 5, 7:48 PM

Might be good for the upcoming debate.

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8 Creative Ways to Get Reluctant Readers to Read

8 Creative Ways to Get Reluctant Readers to Read | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
According to a study led by Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center, about 23% of 1005 participants (randomly called via landline and cell phone) had not read a book in the past year, including ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks.
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I love where this author makes the comment about perhaps "bland textbooks" may have associated boredom with reading (paraphrasing). There is no better argument for a well-funded, professionally staff library where informational texts can be carefully curated to cover any curriculum in a way that's engaging and ENCOURAGES reading! 

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Sumayya Qudrat's curator insight, April 9, 12:32 AM

reluctant readers