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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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Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started

Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers who use an inquiry based approach can provide techniques that help students learn the questions to ask that may spark a natural interest.
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This is a nicely done article that explains why inquiry in the classroom is a good idea and then goes on to show how to get started complete with suggested instructional technology tools to help students withe the process. I love how the author makes the point about asking the "right question" as an indicator of understanding (formative assessment). Enjoy!
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 19, 12:26 AM
Asking the right question is the key! 
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What's Hot: 9 Major Ed Tech Trends for 2017 -- THE Journal

What's Hot: 9 Major Ed Tech Trends for 2017 -- THE Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Education technologies are, by their nature, capricious. So it makes sense to consider what could drive innovation among classrooms for the new year. Our panel of K-12 experts weighs in.
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K-12 experts weigh in on the hot topics for Ed Tech and there are some things that stand out for any school librarian looking for ways to be a more integral part of the instructional day. Maker spaces are in the list and libraries have been leaders in this regard. My own opinion: connect maker space activities to the next hot topic, Next Generation Science Standards, and you're well on your way! Open educational resources (OER), coding, and student privacy are also in the list. This is where school librarians live - how will YOU become essential with these Ed Tech trends?
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Remaking the K12 classroom

Remaking the K12 classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Albemarle County, Virginia—A snake bit Pam Moran in front of her class on her first day of teaching 40 years ago. Moran, now a superintendent in Virginia, had no one to blame but herself on that fateful day in 1975.
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I love this entire article but I especially love reading about the tranformation of the "sleepy" high school library into a vibrant, active learning hub. Pam Moran spoke at the SLJ Leadership Summit and it is a pleasure to find out more about her work! Enjoy! 
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Bill to Ease Path for Repeal of Obama-Era Education Regulations Advances

Bill to Ease Path for Repeal of Obama-Era Education Regulations Advances | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, the House passed the Midnight Rule Relief Act, which would amend the Congressional Review Act, the second such House GOP vote in two months.
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Did we celebrate too soon?
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The School Library as Safe Space | edu@scholastic

The School Library as Safe Space | edu@scholastic | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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This is a wonderful blog post to start you off in 2017. I have always believed the library should be a safe space for all students and making it so builds positive feelings about libraries. Win-win. I love how Anita Cellucci (SLJ Librarian of the Year finalist) talks about the library as a model of a positive community interaction. How have YOU created a safe space in your library?
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The Science of Effective Learning Spaces

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A neuroscientist explains how factors such as light and seating arrangements can affect students’ cognitive performance.
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If you're someone that likes to start with the "why" this article will get you well on your way to reimagining your learning spaces. I love that author Melina Uncapher talks about the scientific research behind learning spaces and why it's important to think differently about the way they are designed. Of course, if you have a library with no outside windows or other barriers, you will have to be creative in coming up with a work-around. BUT - if you have a reluctant administrator or one that wants to know why you should bother with updating/changing your space, this is a good place to start. Enjoy!
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Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News

Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Given social media’s popularity as a news source, writes With social media a prime news source it’s critical to equip students with the analytical skills to
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With the proliferation of "news" being shared on social media AND the rising numbers of people getting said "news" from their social media sites, it is more important than ever to teach our students how to critically analyze sources. This is an excellent article by @FBaker with tips and strategies to use in our post-truth world.
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20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan -

20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan https://t.co/Ckl6q9wlUw vía @teachthought
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This is another thought-provoking article from our friends at TeachThought. Having just talked about the importance of using essential questions for self-assessment, this article really spoke to where my focus is these days. How many of us actually have a fully fleshed-out digital literacy plan? If you don't, these are some fantastic questions to start with. If you do, these are great questions to apply to your program to make sure you're on the right path and using the right tools to help you on your way. This one is worth printing and keeping - better yet, share it with your content teachers and  your administrators to start a conversation!
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Thoughtful questions to consider when designing our digital literacy plan...
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Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | Mackin TYSL

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | Mackin TYSL | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A Mackin Educational Resources initiative which has gathered a fully engaged assemblage of professionals who will actively be supporting the role of the librarian as the library and the librarians focus transitions to meet the educational...
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Excellent article by Katrina Schwartz for anyone interested in the Maker Space phenomenon! From space design to getting started to resulting student creations - this one is worth the read!
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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, November 1, 2016 8:25 AM
Great insight into starting a MakerSpace. As someone who began one in middle school and attempting to do so at elementary level, this is spot on.
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Student Voice in Your Learning Space: Here’s How (And Why)

Student Voice in Your Learning Space: Here’s How (And Why) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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With all the talk about personalized learning and redesigning spaces, this article is a breath of fresh, energizing air. Why? Because the author talks about how important it is to involve the learners in the design decisions. Also because, as the author states, "The students, conditioned to comply since kindergarten, are asked for their opinion (usually for the first time.) They transform into animated and descriptive collaborators." How about THAT? How have you involved your students in the design and structure of your library? Try the process outlined in this article with your own "designers" - after all, the space is for them isn't it? Enjoy!
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Everyone Is A Novice With Technology -

Everyone Is A Novice With Technology - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
I am a novice with technology! Are you? #growthmindset #continuallearning https://t.co/rVEMeRcZBz
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This is one of those articles that you'll want to spend a little time with. As things change so rapidly it is refreshing to see someone acknowledge that you can no longer truly be an expert - it changes too quickly. To me, this is something to keep in mind as you're trying to pull someone along the spectrum to integrated use of technology. It is never a good plan to make someone feel less competent or to somehow belittle them for not being further along - because tomorrow you may be the one being pulled by someone much further along than you, right? My favorite line in the whole article is this: Technology isn’t a thing or a way, but a context. 
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Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.

Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats. | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Twenty-nine books on ALA’s top 10 challenged books lists from 2001–2015 have diverse content.
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This article by Emily Knox is very enlightening and I truly wish I'd been surprised by her findings. This article goes hand-in-hand with the SLJ report on self-censoring that is going on in libraries who serve children. Very thought-provoking and ideas well worth reflecting upon as we develop our collections. 
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6 Must Read Books On The Science of Learning

6 Must Read Books On The Science of Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Learning is a complex cognitive phenomena that has been and is still the central theme of a wide variety of scientific studies. Th
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What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @BIEpbl: What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning https://t.co/JVIDzukLPq #EdChat #PBLchat #PBL https://t.co/5RtEVTAVQD
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I love the opening line of this blog post that says (paraphrasing) PBL is easy but PBL done well is a lot more difficult. The author goes on to give examples of schools that ARE doing it well and how they're doing it. The list includes active links to the schools (or systems) so you can click through and see what's going on there. This is well worth a read!
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5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos

5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effectiv
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We talk about critical thinking when designing curriculum for our students but do we make sure we are, ourselves, engaged in it? This very interesting TEDTalk by Samantha Agoos will provide 5 tips that you just may think about for self-application!
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Future Ready Libraries Change Lives

Future Ready Libraries Change Lives | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A school library blog about library collaborations, new technology, and student voice. We share about how we are working with our learning community.
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If you are not sure what a Future Ready library is or what it looks like, this is an excellent article to get you started. Stony Evans breaks down the principles of the Future Ready framework and gives examples of what it could look like in your library. He also talks about OER (open educational resources) and how that fits into the school library ecosystem. Check this one out!
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How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School

How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague.
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While the term is thrown around quite a bit in education these days, I think there are many people who aren't quite sure what "design thinking" really is. This article will provide a foundation that, much like design thinking itself, will leave some open-ended questions in your mind. It is an interesting concept and it generates lots of excitement (and engagement with students when properly delivered) and this article will have you thinking of ways to use it in YOUR classroom or library!
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We Can't Assume Students Know How to Choose

We Can't Assume Students Know How to Choose | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Every child knows how to like something, but they don't always know how to make it applicable to learning. Sometimes they don't see the connections and that's where we have to help. The more transparent we can make the learning process, the better students will be able to choose when you ask them "What do you want to learn?"
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If you've ever tried to personalize a research project in your library you know this is true: you ask students to select something in which they're interested and you get a group of blank stares. It seems like endless rounds of "reference interviews" might get you into a student's head - and it might not. This is a worthwhile article to read for those of you trying to incorporate more student choice into curriculum. We must think carefully about how to guide children back to their natural curiosity that was lost when they entered the school building back in kindergarten. 
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Joanna McNally's curator insight, December 13, 2016 4:46 AM
True! Identifying, narrowing, or broadening a topic were a challenge for many seniors during a PBL social justice issues assignment recently. This is a career/college life skill students need to practice.
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8 Things To Look For In Today's Classroom -

8 Things To Look For In Today's Classroom - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
8 Things To Look For In Today’s Classroom https://t.co/K5l8ngM4bJ via @TeachThought #education #edchat https://t.co/uNmnVgYJz2
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This article from TeachThought writers takes post by George Couros, visualizes it, and then gives some concrete suggestions for what it might look like. Libraries have always functioned on Voice and Choice for students but how would you incorporate self-assessment and time for reflection into your program? What would it look like in a media center? Would it even be different? Check this one out!
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How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy

How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Generation Global helps students build empathy for those in different cultures by engaging in dialogue about their experiences. The goal is to make the exotic
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Cross-cultural dialogue. Critical thinking. Empathy. Here are three things that have been sorely missed in our national conversation these past few months so the article title caught my eye. This is an excellent point of collaboration between the classroom teacher and the school librarian. Especially if there are different "zones" within the library that have been set up for large group, small group, and individual learning. The school library can also work with the classroom teacher to design instructional activities that include books from many different perspectives that can help our students think outside of their own communities and be challenged with a broader world view. While this particular article is focused on the Generation Global program, the fundamentals could be used as a basis for your own design in your own school. Enjoy!
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How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading

How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Parents have several tools to enable kids to develop a love of reading books, including not being controlling over what kids read.
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I read this article closely and, if my count is correct, the word "librarian" is only mentioned once. Don't take that to mean this isn't well-written and worth your time to read! The suggestions are solid and the author brings up some excellent points about reading and how we can support readers. I firmly believe that if we truly want to shift this trend then we need to address the issue of disappearing librarians and underfunded libraries.
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Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers are finding that when they explicitly teach deep reading strategies geared to digital media, students can access and comprehend complex texts.
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This would be a great article to share with your classroom teachers who worry that reading in the digital world does not engage deep learning. There are those (and I am one) who say it is important to TEACH a child to read in print and then move on to digital later. This article might argue with that point; instead it talks about how to teach students to read digitally - and it is different. The thing to remember here is that digital reading is here to stay. Unless we find ourselves in a post-apocalyptic world without electricity and devices I think we can agree that reading digitally is just going to become more ubiquitous. That said, it is the TEACHING that is important - not the format or the device. As the author states: "to be a good teacher who uses technology, a person must first be a good teacher. Technology won’t repair those gaps." And that is the truth.
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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, October 18, 2016 9:14 AM
Thoughtfully reading digital print is crucial to our ever increasing digital world as is reading print. This is an excellent article on the value on teaching how to read deeper with digital text.
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Everything Teachers Need to Flip Their Classrooms

Everything Teachers Need to Flip Their Classrooms | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Flipped learning or Flipped classroom or is a methodology, an approach to learning in which technology is employed to reverse th
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I love the table that gives you categories and their corresponding resources. This would be a great site to bring up when you visit a teacher's planning meeting to help teachers get started - or improve - their flipped classroom models. At the end of the table is a list of video tutorials that will help newbies get started with the flipped model. For some, this is old news but if you're bringing teachers along and you have some that are not yet comfortable with this instructional method, this is a great starting point!
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Self-Censorship | School Library Journal

Self-Censorship | School Library Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
More than nine out of ten elementary and middle school librarians have not bought a book recently because of the potential for controversy. That’s just one finding from SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which addresses self-censorship and updates our landmark 2008 self-censorship survey. An invitation to participate in the 2016 study was emailed to a random sampling of school librarians serving all K–12, and respondents were assured that their answers would remain anonymous. 573 U.S.–based school librarians participated.
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Since I mentioned SLJ in my last post it seemed appropriate to share the link to the article. I think Emily Knox's article and this one need to be read (and reflected upon) together. 
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Helping the Reluctant Reader

Helping the Reluctant Reader | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.
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This is a must-read for school librarians of any grade level. The suggestion - provide large print books - is so simple that I'm sure it is one that is largely (no pun intended) overlooked. I have long believed that the distraction of the digital "page" is a detriment to emerging readers and, according to this article, my suspicions have been borne out by research. The author notes that "for long-form content, brain researchers and a 2014 survey study indicate that those who read printed books have better content retention and empathy levels than those who do so on a screen." This is important information when collaborating with your early grade teachers, of course, but also when you're trying to reach those middle and high school non-readers. The article includes links to resources for further reading - read it.
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