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Shifting From Ed Reform To Classroom Reform

Shifting From Ed Reform To Classroom Reform | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Almost every challenge, when closely examined, is first a challenge of scale. If you consider our own corner of the world, learning, the labels and language we use will confirm this theory. Take for example,...
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This is a deep article that should probably be read more than once to get the full force of what is being said by TeachThought director Terry Heick. Wendell Berry's commencement addressed is abridged and delivered here with poignant implications to our own little "human and natural neighborhood" of the classroom.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:15 PM

If I reform my classroom, will the people in the offices let go? This is the idea behind the Wendell Berry commencement speech. Real change or transformation occurs when we let go and do something different rather than speak about it. I don't believe that people in offices and places greatly removed from the classroom are that interested. I use the concept of removal here similar to Parker Palmer's idea of staying in love with things we do.

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Librarians: Collaborate to lead

Librarians: Collaborate to lead | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
80% of success is just showing up.                                              Woody Allen The booklet School Library Research Summarized (Kachel, Mansfield University, 2013) analyzes 20 years of the impact of school library programs on student...
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Another insightful blog post by Doug Johnson advising school librarians to expand their collaborative focus to their administrative teams, leadership teams, and tech committees. Well said.

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Pennsylvania: All Gone! Harrisburg School Library Staff Eliminated With Recent Layoffs | LJ INFOdocket

Pennsylvania: All Gone! Harrisburg School Library Staff Eliminated With Recent Layoffs | LJ INFOdocket | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania: All Gone! Harrisburg School #Library Staff Eliminated With Recent Layoffs http://t.co/P09pHKj9ua via @infoDOCKET #librarians
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And the bleeding continues...

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Digital Media Literacy: 5 Tips For Using Flipboard In The Classroom

Digital Media Literacy: 5 Tips For Using Flipboard In The Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Digital Media Literacy: 5 Tips For Using Flipboard In The Classroom Educators are using Flipboard in and out of the classroom, for class reading assignments, student projects and their own enlightenment.
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I love reading through my Flipboard on my iPad. Here are some great ideas for student use!

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'Books On Bikes' Helps Seattle Librarians Pedal To The Masses - wmra

'Books On Bikes' Helps Seattle Librarians Pedal To The Masses - wmra | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
'Books On Bikes' Helps Seattle Librarians Pedal To The Masses wmra By the loading dock of Seattle's downtown library, librarian Jared Mills checks his tire pressure, secures his iPads and locks down about 100 books to an aluminum trailer the size...
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Kevin Henkes Live! Join us for an exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes Live! Join us for an exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Kevin Henkes is the creator of nearly 50 books for children. He has written both picture books and novels; his picture books include Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Chrysanthemum; and Kitten’s First Full Moon, a winner of the Caldecott Medal.
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Pull: Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture

Pull: Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Henry Jenkins, co-author of (@henryjenkins discusses the age of #participatory #media on #PULLTVO! @TVO @TheAgenda http://t.co/ZzYKC2suPd)
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Another insightful (and short) commentary by Henry Jenkins on TVO.

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Do We Want A “Community Of Learners” Or A “Classroom Of ...

Do We Want A “Community Of Learners” Or A “Classroom Of ... | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Giving Classrooms A Purpose is the title of an older column I wrote for The Washington Post that summarizes a lesson I do during the first week of the school year. The focus of the lesson is to help students decide if they want ...
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Helping students decide if they want to be a community of learners or a classroom of students... What do you think your students would choose?

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8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom | Edutopia

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom | Edutopia | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.
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I've had the pleasure of working with David at a Re-Imagine Ed Conference in Atlanta. These tips are golden!

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How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity

How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity by Grant Wiggins, Ph.D, Authentic Education It was not that long ago when I did a workshop where the staff from the Dodge Foundation (who were funding my work...
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Should Boys And Girls Be Separated In The Classroom? - WIBW

Should Boys And Girls Be Separated In The Classroom? - WIBW | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Should Boys And Girls Be Separated In The Classroom?
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(CNN) -- Is your daughter a tomboy? Your son not especially into football? Does your daughter excel at math? Your son a skilled artist?
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While not an article that is specifically about libraries or librarianship, it does have some interesting things to say about same-sex classrooms. 

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The Etherington Brothers: Q. How do you build a perfect comic library for your school?

The Etherington Brothers: Q. How do you build a perfect comic library for your school? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Great example of comics at a school library! ^_^ Q. How do you build a perfect comic library for your school... http://t.co/6hsVhrmZUG
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Boosting Creative Thinking in Math Class

Boosting Creative Thinking in Math Class | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Fourth grade teacher Lana Gundy says that she gained insight into her students’ application skills and interests by having them create their own math problems.
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So when does 1 + 1 = 24? This and other creative exercises helped alter a math classroom. How can librarians use this same approach? How can they help math teachers with it?

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10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing

10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To...
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Excellent article with links to resources to get you started. From collaborative work to design thinking - these are 10 really good ideas!

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A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules

A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules  Well, actually 2. You could make the argument that they’re too simple I guess. Or that they seem elementary and wouldn’t work beyond 4th grade. But I’m not...
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I love how this starts: I will treat you with respect so you will know how to treat me. Wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone adhered to rule #1?

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Pinterest Launches New Teachers Hub with Ideas for Lesson Plans, Classroom ... - WebProNews

Pinterest Launches New Teachers Hub with Ideas for Lesson Plans, Classroom ... - WebProNews | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Pinterest Launches New Teachers Hub with Ideas for Lesson Plans, Classroom ...
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Savvy teachers have already tapped into the creative powers of Pinterest. Now they've answered with a teacher hub. Fun!

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Blended Learning Improves Test Scores: Study -- InformationWeek

Blended Learning Improves Test Scores: Study -- InformationWeek | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
High school students who used algebra software to supplement traditional classroom lectures did better on tests than those who didn't in two-year study by Department of Education, RAND.
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From the article: RAND cautions that it can't be determined whether [the test score jumps were] due to the software or the overall program structure. The experimental classroom teachers got training on implementing the blended learning so I'm wondering if free online programs would give the same score jump if teachers really knew how to do the blended learning model properly. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:55 AM

The cautionary note should be taken seriously. It makes sense multiple ways of delivery help learning.

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45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators

45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves...
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Re-imagining the role of the librarian as an educator in the digita...

Blended Librarianship and Blended Librarian Presentation Overview based on the article Shank, John D., and Steven Bell. “Blended Librarianship.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 51, no. 2 (2011): 105-110.

Via John Shank
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Wish I could have seen this presented - very thought provoking and up-to-the-minute assessment of where we are as librarians.

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 12, 2014 2:28 AM

'Librarians need to move from being knowledgeable and start being knowledge-able' John Shark 

 

Great presentation on how a librarian can make a difference in education.

Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, March 11, 2015 5:21 PM

#educacion #libros #biblioteca

Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, August 10, 2015 5:05 AM

I just gave this virtual presentation at the XXV BRAZILIAN CONGRESS OF LIBRARIANSHIP, DOCUMENTATION AND SCIENCE OF THE INFORMATION. 

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15 Social Networks For Teachers From edshelf

15 Social Networks For Teachers From edshelf | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Need to grow your personal learning network (PLN)? You have probably been using Edmodo, Twitter, and bookmarking all the teacher bloggers you can find.
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Some interesting products that I've never seen before such as Better Lessons, Sophia, Everloop, Everloop Goobit, Clivir, and more. Worth a read to find new tools.

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Design Thinking in the Classroom: Free Inspiration from the Ad ...

Design Thinking in the Classroom: Free Inspiration from the Ad ... | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Doctoral candidate Ashley Nahornick suggests an easy, free and inspiring lesson plan for introducing design thinking in the classroom.
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After you've read the article about David Bill, read this one to think about introducing design thinking to students.

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New Visual Tool Teaches Kids How to Code at Home

New Visual Tool Teaches Kids How to Code at Home | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Though computer programming is becoming more important, many K-12 schools don't offer classes. Now commercial products are starting to offer at-home learning, offering sleek new platforms focused on...
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Why not offer this in schools? Let's start thinking about building a community of makers over users!

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Classroom Redesign Challenge! Think Like a Designer

Classroom Redesign Challenge! Think Like a Designer | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
See how $1,000 and a crew of inspired helpers can completely transform a learning space in one weekend.
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Referencing The Third Teacher (a great book). This article is short and sweet and the video is great!

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Engaged librarianship: Learning through teaching Japanese manga ...

Engaged librarianship: Learning through teaching Japanese manga ... | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This is the second of two posts on engaged librarianship by Maureen Donovan, the Japanese Studies librarian at OSUL. In the first post (Digital scholarship as a tool for engagement), Maureen explored the ...
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Interesting read, especially for high school librarians who want to build their Manga/Anime collections to appeal to that age group!

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How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer

How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
thinkstock The long hot days of summer are the perfect time for kids to hone their knowledge of the wizard world, King Arthur’s court or the magical land of Narnia. And while many
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References Vicki Cobb's inkthinktank.com

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