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FCC Won’t Appeal Net Neutrality Ruling, Seeks Diplomatic Way To Keep Internet Open

FCC Won’t Appeal Net Neutrality Ruling, Seeks Diplomatic Way To Keep Internet Open | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on how to keep the Internet open and accessible to all. The agency’s outreach is in response to a recent U.S.
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This is a call to action of which libraries and librarians should take notice. 

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Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead

Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When you have the ear of an administrator, use your time well. Here’s how.
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This is short and to the point but well worth your time to read. From my Lilead Fellow David Blattner!
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The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement

The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Learning how to think about thinking can help students develop strategies for solving problems and understand tasks at hand.
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Wow... this article is one to which I will refer back often. And, as those of you who read my posts already know, I immediately put this in the context of the school library. If the school is the "mind" then the school library is its metacognitive process. The library is where the transfer of competencies occurs - especially in those libraries where makerspaces have moved in to allow students to think about their thinking as they solve problems. If, as this article states, "transfer is the ultimate goal of all education" then the library is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes it all fit together. Read this article then think about how YOUR library supports the competencies that learners need to succeed. And then make sure your administration and your teachers know how you do it, too. Enjoy!
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.
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As is so often the case, this article speaks to teachers and classrooms but the implications for school libraries can't be ignored. Some of the traits outlined here are natural components of a quality school library program: constantly sharing best practices, changing things up, and modeling the usefulness of what you teach. That said, being a transformational librarian is essential to remaining a relevant part of the educational landscape. If there's a non-effective math teacher in the school, no one says, "Let's just get rid of math!" But insert "librarian" in that same scenario and you end up with paraprofessionals or volunteers running a circulation program in a room full of outdated resources. How are YOU transformational? And... how do you sustain it?
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Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As districts across the country purchase technology at a feverish pace, they must ensure they have a solid implementation plan.
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This is an excellent article to get you thinking about how technology is being integrated in your school. Whether your district is 1:1 or BYOT or some hybrid of the two, the overarching question is: what is the pedagogical purpose of the technology? How does it improve student outcomes? How do we leverage the technology for critical thinking, higher order thinking, and higher levels of achievement and/or learning? My favorite line in the article is this one: "As educators we need to place a great deal of emphasis on creating artifacts to demonstrate conceptual mastery in one-on-one and BYOD environments." What are YOU using as your artifact(s)? How do you SHOW that technology has been integrated with a "pedagogy first" process? 
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Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom

Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Use design thinking (brainstorming, prototyping, testing, building, and reflecting) to co-create your classroom environment with the students who will be learning in it.
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As is often the case, this article is written by a classroom teacher about her classroom experience but there are some powerful things being said that correlates to librarians and libraries. What if you changed up your orientation and had students help you organize/design the space? What would that look like in a library? How would students accessorize your shelves or the walls or other displays? Design-thinking strategies can be an excellent way to give students a voice in their learning space, help them with teamwork, and get them to think about how they learn. How can YOU use design-thinking in your library?
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New Collaboration Eases Path to ESSA Implementation

New Collaboration Eases Path to ESSA Implementation | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary are doing pro-bono consulting to state level school library stakeholders for ESSA implementation planning

 
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This is a golden opportunity with a very small open window. Get connected with your state library association (GLMA in Georgia) and find out how YOU can be a part of ensuring strong school library programs as noted in ESSA. Look, don't think someone else is going to do this for you. I remember well when Georgia libraries lost their expenditure controls there were folks that wrung their hands wondering how it happened when, in fact, the media blitz begging for people to add their voice to the call for library funding was largely unanswered by the very people the new law affected. If you believe in the power of library to transform students' educational experiences then you need to be a part of this process. This is our moment.
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Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log

Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When you read for pleasure do you record the date and pages read on a worksheet? How does this activity make reading more enjoyable? On this relaxing afternoon, sharing a hammock and a lov
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I love the ideas shared in this article! For librarians, if you haven't already thought of some of these, it would be a great conversation starter with a teacher getting ready to start a class novel or assign that reading log. How can the library support moving away from reading logs? How can the library support these alternatives to the reading log? Here's to a world where reading logs disappear!
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Using Space To Influence Thinking -

Using Space To Influence Thinking - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
#learningspaces #learning #thinking #education #innovation @TeachThought https://t.co/20AVlRmrqL
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If you're thinking about how the design and configuration of your library influences learning, this is the article you want to read. No, it's not talking about libraries specifically but it is talking about how the space follows function. There is a messy area for lab work, a thinking area for research, and a performance area for presenting information to classmates and facilitators (teachers). There is so much more to the article than that so take a look and see how it applies to what YOU want to do with your library space and how YOU can create learning zones that impact student learning!
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Ideas for good Library design & children's spaces
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Data: U.S. Publishers Report $28 Billion in Revenue During 2015; Downloaded Audio Sales Grow, eBooks Decline | LJ INFOdocket

Data: U.S. Publishers Report $28 Billion in Revenue During 2015; Downloaded Audio Sales Grow, eBooks Decline | LJ INFOdocket | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
From the Association of American Publishers (AAP): The U.S.
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Okay, if your eyes don't glaze over as you read the layers of facts and figures, one thing might just pop out at you: Adult book revenue is up and YA/Children's book revenues are down. But here's the REAL eye-opener: eBooks peaked in 2013 and have been declining ever since. I wonder how that private school that removed all of its print materials is doing...
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Part 1: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Connecting Project Based Learning (PBL)

Part 1: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Connecting Project Based Learning (PBL) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Welcome to a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success.  Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a…
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This is part 1 of a planned series on STEM, STEAM, and Makers. There is a promised "over 100 resources" that will be explained and revealed over the course of this series. Media Specialists will find it well worth the time to read this series and be prepared to support these efforts. There is an intimate connection that can be made between PBL and Inquiry Based Learning that media specialists' can lead. There is an option to subscribe to the posts through RSS and it would be a good idea to sign up. What new ideas will YOU get from this series?
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Susannah Wood's curator insight, July 13, 2:49 PM
Not specific to gifted education, but I am a big fan and practitioner of PBLs - 2nd year school counseling students you will see this in the spring of 2017!
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How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers using open educational resources to teach are finding new rewards in the #GoOpen movement.
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Did you know that Georgia is one of the #GoOpen states? Do you know what OER is? This article will get you up to speed and, in my humble opinion, highlight the vital importance of a certified library media specialist as the leader in curation of these resources. When the LMS is plugged into curriculum, understands teachers' needs, and follows the rules of resource evaluation s/he can provide a wealth of FREE online resources to support personalized learning, blended learning, Project Based Learning, Inquiry Learning - well, you get the picture. GLMA is working to make sure that school library professionals have a say in how Georgia will apply ESSA and #GoOpen in schools. Make sure you know what's at stake and what YOU can bring to the table!
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Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Through use of classroom space, intentional course design and scheduling, and building "brand" identity, teachers can create a startup culture of empowerment and innovation for their students.
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While this article is focused on the classroom teacher, it is an excellent piece for school librarians, too! This statement really caught my eye: "Schools and educators who choose a startup culture can essentially place a renewed focus on the role of the learner by empowering students to find authentic and meaningful problems and to search for solutions through design activities and iteration." Doesn't that sound like the school library media specialist to you? Be the teacher leader in your school and incorporate design thinking and a startup culture at YOUR school this year!
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For Students 2016

For Students 2016 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
ISTE Standards for Students 2016. It's all about the learning and the learner!
https://t.co/OKGHzAyLfD
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Delivered tp ISTE attendees in a lovely poster format - now here it is online. Great stuff!
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What the Heck is Inquiry-Based Learning?

What the Heck is Inquiry-Based Learning? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.
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We have all heard that Inquiry-Based Learning is a way to ignite curiosity, improve engagement, and generating excitement about learning. But...how do we do it? Is it as simple as asking the right questions or is there more to it? This article gives you some concrete steps to creating an Inquiry Based classroom - and, let's face it, the library is the ORIGINAL Inquiry-Based classroom, right? How do YOU model curiosity? What driving questions can YOU come up with?
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Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign

Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Rethink classroom and campus spaces, recycle and upcycle materials, tap student ingenuity, attract charitable donors -- and remake and revitalize your school without breaking the bank.
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So often when I talk to librarians about updating their spaces the first barrier that enters the conversation is MONEY. With a little creative thinking, a DIY attitude, and some ingenuity, you can redesign your library space using the ideas in this article.So, go ahead and channel MacGyver and reimagine YOUR library!
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How to Take Digital Citizenship Schoolwide During the 2016 17 School Year (EdSurge News)

How to Take Digital Citizenship Schoolwide During the 2016 17 School Year (EdSurge News) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Since our students are using technology to play, learn, and communicate while at home and at school, they should be learning how to use that technology responsibly.
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Great ideas here for a Digital Citizenship framework for your school. Share this article with your teachers and then make sure they know this is YOUR domain of expertise and offer up a collaborative partnership for delivery! Enjoy!
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How to Bring Digital Literacy to Your Library

How to Bring Digital Literacy to Your Library | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Over the last few years the library world has been buzzing about programming in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and coding, the new digital literacy. For many librarians like mysel…
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This is short and sweet but full of great examples for bringing STEM/STEAM activities into your library! I have often heard librarians lament about not being able to bring in math teachers to the collaborative process or not really knowing how to support math curriculum in the library. Check out this article and then go visit those planning meetings!
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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking -

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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The post 25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking appeared first on TeachThought.
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This is a resource you'll want to bookmark for future reference. With all the talk about critical thinking as part of the 4 Cs and how important it is in the development of a well-rounded student, how often do we really apply the principals to instructional planning? Isn't it just a whole lot easier to assign cut-and-paste research projects? Isn't it more effective to use scripted lessons for instructional delivery so everyone gets the same message? Isn't it better for grading to come up with a worksheet or multiple-choice test to remove subjectivity from the grading process? Well, maybe for the adults in the building but I would say "no" for the students. It might take some convincing, though, so have these resources handy when you're planning with your classroom teachers or delivering PD to your school. BTW: I love the opening quote about what it means to "think critically." Maybe that's been the issue all along...
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How Can Schools Prioritize For The Best Ways Kids Learn?

How Can Schools Prioritize For The Best Ways Kids Learn? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Educator and consultant Will Richardson says it's time to change our internal working models about what education should be and focus around the question: "How
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This article is wonderful and asks us to think about what we're REALLY doing in education today. Yes, we know how kids learn but are we providing the best possible facilitation of that process? If we're honest, the answer is "no." School is designed to work for the adults in the building but don't necessarily provide the kind of environment where curiosity and play drive learning. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that, while we have a long way to go, libraries can be key to this kind of learning environment. If we've stepped out from behind the circulation desk we know that providing resources for a student to explore their passions, personalizing learning by giving students choices, and being a guide towards information (rather than simply delivering information) then we've already created the kind of environment discussed in this article. What else can you do to provide a model for a more student-centered school? How can you lead from the library? It's time to stop thinking that technology is going to be the game changer. WE are the game-changers! Enjoy.
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Library Media Tech Talk: Four Ways To Lead From The School Library

Library Media Tech Talk: Four Ways To Lead From The School Library | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
4 ways to lead from the school library: https://t.co/VVnjO0zOql #txlchat #edchat #StonyStories
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This won't be new information for seasoned librarians but if you're new to the field OR new to a school this year, it's definitely worth a read. The basics of building relationships, an attitude of service, collaboration, and listening to your community are covered here. This is a good one to get you thinking about how to start this school year off on a positive note and to LEAD from your Library! Enjoy!
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Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning

Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Makerspaces can democratize learning, create a culture of participation, allow for teaching with visual cues, offer thematic planning opportunities, and facilitate differentiated instruction.
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Every library media specialist thinking about creating (or improving) a makerspace in their library/learning commons should read this article. I love the way the author breaks down how the program creates equity, low barriers of entry, and the democratization of learning. Every child, every day - with careful planning every student in your school, regardless of language ability, learning ability, reading ability, or any "other-ness" can participate and find success in open-ended problem solving. This is the article you will want in your head when talking to an administrator for getting started. This is the article you want in your head when talking to teachers about allowing visitation. This is a MUST read!
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Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go!

Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go! | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go! You’ve seen the Facebook posts. You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard about it in conversation, and you may have seen groups of teens an
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You'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard anything about the Pokemon Go! phenomenon. You can be sure that when kids head back to school it will be a hot topic, too! So what's the buzz all about? What is this thing, anyway? Thanks to @galaxybookjockey you'll be "in the know" in no time. Now, if you'll excuse me I'm looking for Squirtle...
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You'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard anything about the Pokemon Go! phenomenon. You can be sure that when kids head back to school it will be a hot topic, too! So what's the buzz all about? What is this thing, anyway? Thanks to @galaxybookjockey you'll be "in the know" in no time. Now, if you'll excuse me I'm looking for Squirtle...
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Data Crunching Proved This School Library Program Was Crucial

Data Crunching Proved This School Library Program Was Crucial | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Two determined Nebraska librarians came up with a road map to making strategic decisions based on their school district’s data.
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This article gives a step-by-step accounting of how a group of librarians reached their goal of accessing the data - and then crunching the numbers - to give data-driven proof that their programs were impacting student achievement. Like it or not, we live in an age of big data and if you have the numbers to back up your claims you will get more respect. Don't sit back wringing your hands if you don't have access to the data numbers you need to follow these Nebraska librarians' path! Someone in your school has access - get their help! Go to that math teacher in your school that will help you run the numbers for valuable results. Don't complain that your admin doesn't know how you impact students if you aren't willing to go the extra mile to prove it in terms that they understand. Speak THEIR language and they will hear you! Enjoy!
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5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing -

5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @DavidGeurin: 5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing https://t.co/xhKMOwd9Af #edtech #3Dprinting https://t.co/PuflZ…
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This article is short but to the point. If you are thinking of getting a 3D printer in your library makerspace, think about what problems that purchase will solve. We don't want to be buying things because they're the latest-greatest but because the equipment will somehow improve student achievement. We also don't want to make the mistake of buying a tool and then arranging curriculum around it when it is much more appropriate to do it the other way around! Ask yourself these 5 questions - if you're looking for admin support, having the answers at the ready will go a long way towards approval! Enjoy.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 12, 1:44 PM

Let me shock you - I'm not sold on 3D printing.

Is it the equivalent of the 10K Interactive Whiteboard of 2003?

 

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Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
An important new study of Pennsylvania's schools shows that students in schools with full-time librarians score substantially higher on reading and writing tests than their counterparts in schools that lack librarians.
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These findings are consistent with previous studies. I'm not sure why we keep having to prove our value but, well, we do. If you are in a school system that doesn't place a high value on school librarians why not do a little mini-study on your own? Compare scores in schools with a full time certified librarian with those that don't have one. But remember to look deeper than just overall scores: pay attention to ELLs and students with disabilities or economic disadvantage. THAT's where you might see where the services of a professionally certified librarian makes the difference! If you don't have access to this data, ask for it. You must be your own most vocal advocate. Have fun!
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