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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, 2014 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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Media Literacy: The POTUS Primary Debates

Media Literacy: The POTUS Primary Debates | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Plans for Republican and Democratic primary debates are well underway. Media literacy expert Frank W. Baker is ready with guidelines for engaging students in classroom research and discussion.
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Frank Baker always delivers and this is no exception. Be ready when teachers come to you needing classroom materials to support classroom learning for the upcoming debates.

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15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator (EdSurge News)

15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator (EdSurge News) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As an Instructional Technology Facilitator, I have the immense privilege of seeing my school from a pretty unique perspective. I taught Social Studies for five years, and I’ll be honest: my purview of the educational landscape rarely extended beyond my own classroom (and when it did, it only ever me
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I'm guessing most of us have new people in our buildings so why not share these helpful hints? 

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Linda Elliott's curator insight, August 2, 10:11 AM

Great way for me to focus teacher professional learning on campus

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12 Suggestions for Teaching Coding | Tech Learning

12 Suggestions for Teaching Coding | Tech Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Thinking about dipping your toes into coding? Guest blogger Michelle Vance lays out some very simple suggestions with links to get your started!

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Thinking about dipping your toes into coding? Guest blogger Michelle Vance lays out some very simple suggestions with links to get your started!

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Thinking about dipping your toes into coding? Guest blogger Michelle Vance lays out some very simple suggestions with links to get your started!

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Thinking about dipping your toes into coding? Guest blogger Michelle Vance lays out some very simple suggestions with links to get your started!

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The Teacher’s Guide To Open Educational Resources

The Teacher’s Guide To Open Educational Resources | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard about Open Educational Resources and maybe even used some in your classroom. But the world of OERs is growing constantly, with more quality resources available every day.
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This is a great article to share with your classroom teachers. It not only explains what an OER is but gives some examples, referencing Creative Commons, Project Gutenberg and others. 

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Powerful Iconic Images Can Educate & Inform

Powerful Iconic Images Can Educate & Inform | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Iconic images from popular culture can raise consciousness about issues, many of them tied to health and gender awareness, writes media literacy consultant Frank W. Baker.
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Very interesting article about using pop culture visual images to teach media and visual literacy. While some communities may want to adjust the images/subjects themselves, Frank Baker provides an excellent point about using pop culture to teach media/visual literacy.

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Comic books a hook to help kids with literacy skills at UM camp

Comic books a hook to help kids with literacy skills at UM camp | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Metro, a telepathic superhero, quickly defeats a mutant rat so he can get back to his favorite food, pizza, in a freshly released, limited-edition one-page comic.
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I've long been a proponent of graphic novels/comic books to boost literacy skills - especially among the boys that came to my middle school barely able to read a Biscuit book. The visual literacy helps decode words and increases reading levels. This would be a great idea to replicate in YOUR library during the school year with a willing reading teacher!

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My smartphone is making me dumb

My smartphone is making me dumb | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When collegestudents were given smartphones for the first time, they thought the devices would help them learn. After a year, they had concluded just the opposite.
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Well, this is no surprise. To me, it illustrates what is often missing in district BYOT/BYOD policies and rush to purchase technology: if you don't consider content, instruction, and collaborative planning then you're just concentrating on tools and not learning.

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One in five U.S. schoolchildren are living below federal poverty line

One in five U.S. schoolchildren are living below federal poverty line | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
New federal data from U.S. Education Department shows an uptick in childhood poverty among all groups
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I'm not at all surprised to find that the Southern states had the highest rate of poverty for children 5-17 - 23%. January report states that a majority of U.S. public school students are eliglble for free/reduced lunch. Do you think anyone making education policy is going to account for that over "getting rid of bad teachers?" No, I don't think so either...

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Reasons and Research – Why Schools Need Collaborative Learning Spaces — Emerging Education Technologies

Reasons and Research – Why Schools Need Collaborative Learning Spaces — Emerging Education Technologies | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Creative Commons license image source There are Many Reasons Why Flexible, Active Learning Classrooms Should be Widely Adopted We’ve converted a few classrooms to more collaborative spaces over the last few years at The College of Westchester, and faculty reaction
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Excellent blog post complete with link to Learning Spaces eBook available for free download!

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Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 6:33 PM

Learning commons

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What To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again

What To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again 
by Terry Heick
At the end of every school year, you lose dozens of relationships that changed you.
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Get out the hanky...

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eugenia katsigri's curator insight, August 2, 9:58 AM

Get out the hanky...

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12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
LEGO Bricks are toys. They’re items that students willingly seek out to play with and get excited to receive as gifts under the Christmas tree. That’s one of the things that make them so useful to teachers.
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Start hitting those summer yard sales to collect LEGO Bricks on the cheap and then get ready for some cool uses when school starts back!

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Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 6:34 PM

Makerspace ideas

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How to Turn Digital Games Into a Fun Physical Learning Experience at School

How to Turn Digital Games Into a Fun Physical Learning Experience at School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In order to take learning to the next level, there’s an experiment in Pittsburgh that brings game designers closer to the educators who want games for learning.
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I love the description of the grammar game. We all know that learning that takes place when we're engaged, active, and in the moment is learning that is stickier than what we get when we're passive and inactive. This is transformative learning!

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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”
Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives.
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Every librarian needs to read this blog post - it is the soul-searing affirmation of why we do what we do. Because there is no nobler profession than that of the person who makes sure everyone has access to stories...

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 16, 9:50 PM

'Must read' article on the underestimated power of story to transcend and transform lives. (Includes 'soundcloud' of Neil Gaiman's lecture, with  transcript highlights).

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 19, 8:41 AM

Brilliant!

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 24, 11:20 AM

Good article. It is possible to have management actions delivered to last?

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Expanding Our Approach to Reading Strategies

Expanding Our Approach to Reading Strategies | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A reading strategy should include actionable steps that students can follow as they learn to master and apply a skill.
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Excellent article about reading strategies that librarians would do well to read. As the school librarians' role expands into teaching there is a natural inclination to start with reading. This article will take you a long ways towards being able to speak the language with your classroom teachers to secure your seat at the table.

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Why Self-Publishing May Be the Best Writing Lesson Ever

Why Self-Publishing May Be the Best Writing Lesson Ever | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Brian South is an English teacher in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb 30 miles west of Chicago. He is also the faculty advisor of the literary magazine at Naperville North.
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This is a great project for a classroom teacher and library media specialist to plan together. Could it, perhaps, become a repository of self-published books in the school library collection? Author parties? So many ways to collaborate...

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Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools

Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools 
by Terry Heick
Libraries are brilliant because books are brilliant.
So how we organize those books is no small matter—and deserves additional scrutiny as technology changes things.
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Great article for helping you put together your "elevator speech" about why libraries are important and how they impact schools!

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LET Team's curator insight, July 30, 5:21 PM

Great article for helping you put together your "elevator speech" about why libraries are important and how they impact schools!

Peter Alsbjer's curator insight, July 31, 8:56 AM

Great article for helping you put together your "elevator speech" about why libraries are important and how they impact schools!

Elissa's curator insight, July 31, 10:17 PM

Great article for helping you put together your "elevator speech" about why libraries are important and how they impact schools!

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BEST OF SCHOOLCIO | Tech Learning

BEST OF SCHOOLCIO | Tech Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Quick and easy foray into design thinking - if you're looking at updating your space in any way, this would be a great introduction into the 5-step process of design thinking.

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Science and Math Teachers Earn $10,000 Awards From President Obama

Science and Math Teachers Earn $10,000 Awards From President Obama | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
President Obama named the newest winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching last week, adding over 100 educators to those who have previously won the honor.
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How about throwing some of those funds towards some dynamic librarians? I mean, where does he think those Science and Math teachers get their resources? Who is making sure those STEM classes are supported with digital content? Hmmmmm...

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How about throwing some of those funds towards some dynamic librarians? I mean, where does he think those Science and Math teachers get their resources? Who is making sure those STEM classes are supported with digital content? Hmmmmm...

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Why the Sky Enchants Us: Our Longing for Transcendence and How Myths Elevate Human Life

Why the Sky Enchants Us: Our Longing for Transcendence and How Myths Elevate Human Life | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
“Human beings have always been mythmakers… We are meaning-seeking creatures.”
“We have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it,” Kurt Vonnegut said in a forgotten 1974 interview.
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I love this beautiful piece because of how it elevates the whole idea of myth-making and storytelling. I have always told my stories that the human brain is wired for story - that is the basis of our motivations and viewpoints. This piece will be welcome mind-candy for those with the soul of a librarian.

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Google Offers A Free 4 Weeks Virtual Science Camp for Kids

Google Offers A Free 4 Weeks Virtual Science Camp for Kids | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
July 7, 2015
Google Camp is a new project from Google to provide kids with an opportunity to experiment with and learn through project-based science activities. This virtual camp is provided for free...
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Starts July 13 - spread the word to the kids (and adults who wish they could go to camp, too!)

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Starts July 13 - spread the word to the kids (and adults who wish they could go to camp, too!)

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ISTE 2015: New Trends in Ed Tech Professional Development

ISTE 2015: New Trends in Ed Tech Professional Development | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Well, they got my title incorrect but the "New Trends in Ed Tech Professional Development" has yours truly talking about PD in a learning management system and the cycle of learning-sharing-learning. Enjoy!

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Association for Educational Communication & Technology

Association for Educational Communication & Technology | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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It's an honor to be among this amazing group of educators for 2015 AECT TECH Saturday in Indianapolis, IN this November. Just $60 gets you this entire day of active learning plus lunch! Come by and let's meet in person!

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Part 1: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

Part 1: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post and the summer of 2015… at least in the USA. I have a real treat for you in the coming weeks. I will be sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox!...
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Marisa Martinez's curator insight, June 24, 4:37 PM

Summer 40 education websites for your patrons.

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Design Principles for Participatory Politics

Design Principles for Participatory Politics | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Design Principles for Participatory Politics http://t.co/ux1KwT7mRB
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

Wow! 10 principles outlined that will have educators thinking about how it applies to the classroom. I know I'm going to have to read it several times to get the full force of Dr. Jenkins' post but it's worth it if only to read about the various projects and social media campaigns he uses to illustrate the principle. 

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Teacher Challenged for Reading “King & King” Resigns

Teacher Challenged for Reading “King & King” Resigns | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Omar Currie. Omar Currie, a third-grade teacher in Efland, NC, who came under fire for reading the picture book King & King (Tricycle Press, 2003) to his third grade class in April, resigned from his position at Efland-Cheeks (NC) Elementary School...
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I hope he finds another position and continues to be an educator. This is a reminder for anyone who thinks censorship and intolerance are things of the past...

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