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2015’s EdTech Trends in Review

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a fantastic time to look back on the big trends of 2015.

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I'm a sucker for all those year-end "best of" lists that start coming out about now. This one is from Monica Burns' "Class Tech Tips" blog. Happy reading!

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A Conversation with the 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

A Conversation with the 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Tuesday, January 5th, 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PTJoin us for a live webcast featuring the five finalists for the 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.

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Even if you can't make the actual live conversation, registering for the event will get you the link to the archived copy. This should be great!

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Year in Architecture 2015: Working in Harmony

Year in Architecture 2015: Working in Harmony | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The 123 triumphant academic and public library construction projects that we're highlighting are large and small, dear and frugal, cautiously attentive to historic character and wildly beyond what some consider
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So many great ideas for your library can come from this article. You don't have to have $65million to create an open, well-lit, beautiful library space. Use these images to spark your imagination!

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10 Strategies To Make Learning Feel More Like A Game -

10 Strategies To Make Learning Feel More Like A Game - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

10 Strategies To Make Learning Feel More Like A Game by TeachThought Staff We’ve talked about gamification quite a bit, which is different than game-based learning, if you’ll recall. (The definition of...

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And it starts with "create student designers." What would happen if we had our students' input when creating curricular units? What would they add? What would they take away? I'm guessing the first thing they'd lose is the worksheet and/or the written test - which goes to #10 in this list - badges and rewards. If you think of this as instructional design instead of "gamification" how does that change things?

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Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools

Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

In part five of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett highlights the tools and systems that drive the excitement and invention in his middle school makerspace.

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Those who know me know that I'm a huge proponent of maker spaces in libraries. This article spoke so clearly about why. My biggest take-away? This statement: "A true makerspace is defined not by what's in it but rather by what comes out of it: projects, experiences, artifacts, and learning. The tools are just a means to an end." YES! It's not a shopping list of tools but a shift in thinking. It could be as simple as taking apart discarded technology or crafting something beautiful out of weeded books. Check out this article!

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How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life

How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

A teacher ignited her students' interest in math by introducing maker projects that apply practical hands-on math.

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Who says that the library can't collaborate with the Math Department? Here is a wonderful example of this partnership that could be replicated in your media center!

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Four Inventive Games That Show Us the Future of Learning

Four Inventive Games That Show Us the Future of Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Independent artists who design video games and apps are getting into the educational space and reimagining games that can help students learn.

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Interested in gamifying? Check out these very interesting offerings from indie game designers that may be sitting just outside the ed-tech circles.

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Nikki Giovanni’s Wonderful Poems Celebrating Libraries and Librarians

Nikki Giovanni’s Wonderful Poems Celebrating Libraries and Librarians | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

"(You never know what troubled little girl needs a book)"

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This is just for you, librarians and champions of free, open access to resources and information! Thank you, Ms. Giovanni. I felt like a hero after reading the poems...

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The Best Science Books of 2015

The Best Science Books of 2015 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

From Earth's largest-hearted creature to the interconnectedness of the universe, by way of Einstein and artificial intelligence.

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To piggyback on the "Best Art Books" here's a list of "Best Science Books." To quote Tim Gunn, weed your 500s "very thoughfully!" This will give you a great list to start on your new purchases!

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It's time to read!

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The Best Art Books of 2015

The Best Art Books of 2015 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Urban dogs, underworld dragons, the unseen Peanuts, and every living person in New York.

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Whether you're looking for a nice holiday gift or a selection of books to satisfy the art lovers in your library, you can't go wrong with this list of books from BrainPickings. Enjoy!

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Books-to-Games: Transforming Classic Novels Into Role Playing Adventures | MindShift | KQED News

Books-to-Games: Transforming Classic Novels Into Role Playing Adventures | MindShift | KQED News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

Very cool idea to share with teachers. This would be a great activity to do with ELA classes for a whole-group novel or for lit circle members. Enjoy!

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The Only Thing You Need To Be A 21st Century Teacher

The Only Thing You Need To Be A 21st Century Teacher | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Only Thing You Need To Be A 21st Century Teacher by Terry Heick Contrary to what you’ve probably read, you don’t have to be engaging to be a great...
The post The Only Thing You Need To Be A 21st Century Teacher appeared first on TeachThought.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

I love the premise of this article and the idea that more professional learning is available to today's teachers than ever before. I would only add that a key member of that professional learning network be the school library media specialist. If YOU as the teacher are not going to be super tech-savvy or up on the latest trends, the best thing you can do is connect with the LMS to partner with you. Share this with your teachers who may be feeling like they're not doing enough or can never reach the pinnacle of what they think good teaching is all about.

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Petras Kiminius's curator insight, December 10, 2015 5:11 AM

Leadership is one of behaviours in great life :)

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Stanford's Cantor Arts Center Offers Free Access to Over 45.000 of its High Quality Art Images

Stanford's Cantor Arts Center  Offers Free Access to Over 45.000 of its High Quality Art Images | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Another great option for images to share with teachers!

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Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences

Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences

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I'll be thinking about this for quite a while. I have always believed that school should not be constricted by curriculum maps, one-size-fits-all content delivery, or even artificially constructed grades in which one fits because of chronological age. But that thinking always ran afoul of conventional wisdom that students needed "a guaranteed and viable curriculum." (Marzano). This article asks us why - what would happen if we took the maker space idea to the next level where students are not only constructing but connecting and creating their own learning experiences? It certainly won't fly in the age of test scores for validation but it is just as certainly worth thinking about as we move forward. Enjoy.

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Top 10 Graphic Novels 2015

Top 10 Graphic Novels 2015 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Selected by the Good Comics for Kids bloggers, these graphic novels published in 2015 are the cream of the crop.

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

Yep, another "best of" post - this time it's graphic novels and brought to you by School Library Journal! Enjoy!

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Norman Rockwell’s Rare Illustrations for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Norman Rockwell’s Rare Illustrations for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Two of the greatest commentators on culture and sociological observers of American life, together.

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This is a treat! I don't believe I've ever seen these images in the context of the book but it feel as if Rockwell captured the spirit of Mark Twain and his scrappy characters in a truly unique and beautiful way. I wonder what would happen if one of these first edition copies found its way to the Antiques Roadshow?

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The Best Children’s Books of 2015

The Best Children’s Books of 2015 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

From power-hungry sheep to power-hungry tigers, by way of ghosts, E.E. Cummings, and the unseen Dr. Seuss.

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

You've got the Best Art Books, the Best Science Books - here's the trifecta! Some you may have already seen but I am always surprised by a hidden treasure with this annual blog post from @brainpickings

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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

I love this very clear and useful article that takes us from teacher-centered to student-centered to entrepreneurial. This is especially useful for those of you tinkering with personalized learning in your school or district. While libraries are the ORIGINAL personalized learning classroom, there is much to gain here. 

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malek's comment, December 18, 2015 2:00 PM
from a marketing perspective, I like this visual nugget which summarizes a long tedious process
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10 Ideas to Consider Before Using an Internet Resource: The Web in the Classroom...Part 1

10 Ideas to Consider Before Using an Internet Resource: The Web in the Classroom...Part 1 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Welcome to a series devoted to facilitating proper student internet interaction in the classroom. This classroom might be 1 to 1 or might be using technology to leverage student centered learning. In this post I would like to discuss ten important ideas to consider when using internet resources and tools in the classroom. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe…
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The first of a 4-part article that will help you with Digital Citizenship and leveraging that with student-centered learning. All four are well worth reading so don't stop at this one - keep reading!

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy -

A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

A diagram of 21st century pedagogy for the purpose of 21st century learning.

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

Short and sweet - the beauty of this article is in the illustration. Educators should take note: nowhere on this list is "restrict by Lexile." Instead? Media Fluency. Information Fluency. Technological Fluency. Collaboration. Self and Peer Assessment. The library is central to these and others on the list. Share!

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Makerbook - The best free resources for creatives.

Makerbook - The best free resources for creatives. | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A hand-picked directory of the best free resources for creatives.
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Teachers are "creatives," right? This is one to bookmark!

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STEM & Visual Learning: A Vital Combination

STEM & Visual Learning: A Vital Combination | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Recognizing the ways scientists use visuals with text can help us better support students in every STEM classroom, writes author/consultant Roger Essley.

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As I read this article I started thinking about all the ways that art and science work well together but, of course, my librarian's heart also says that there's also a nice fit when research and resources are part of that happy marriage. Enjoy!

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20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

You all KNOW I thought of how these tips for classroom teachers almost perfectly match the way 21st century librarians have been running their media centers for years, right? We have been modeling this behavior for quite some time so be sure to mention that when sharing this article with your teachers and administrators!

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liz deskins's curator insight, December 15, 2015 3:34 PM

Excellent tips!!  Great life skills.

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50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy -

50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom’s Taxonomy by TeachThought Staff Bloom’s Taxonomy was a remarkable attempt to create a system of learning that focuses on how people learn and organize...

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Very cool one-stop-shop for all things Bloom's. Brush up on it yourself but be sure to share this with your teachers, too!

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Google Released A New Interesting Google Image Feature

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

This is a great feature and one that should help educators who want to curate images for their students rather than open the search. You just never know what you're going to get with Google images, right? Just remember, starring them doesn't relieve you from checking copyright so be sure to teach that citation skill! Enjoy!

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