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How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation | MindShift

How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation | MindShift | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
School and district leadership plays a big role in setting the culture and work environment for teachers.
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Critical Thinking From The Ground Up

Critical Thinking From The Ground Up | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Critical Thinking From The Ground Up
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

Read and re-read. So many things to think about in this article from TeachThought.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:13 PM

We need to model and help students learn critical thinking in a safe place.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 5, 2013 1:14 PM

Great article that forces the reader to consider a wide array of factors that play into the degree to which children can (and WILL) think deeply.  

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 6, 2013 7:35 PM

Thank you for sharing

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11 Sample Education BYOT Policies To Help You Create Your Own

11 Sample Education BYOT Policies To Help You Create Your Own | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
11 sample BYOT policies to help a school or district create their own.
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Carey Leahy's curator insight, June 9, 2013 8:15 PM

A place to start!

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Dialogic Teaching In Pursuit Of 21st Century Learning

Dialogic Teaching In Pursuit Of 21st Century Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What is the role of dialogue and dialogic teaching in 21st century learning? This post takes a closer look.
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Hogwarts for Hackers: Inside the Science and Tech School of Tomorrow | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Hogwarts for Hackers: Inside the Science and Tech School of Tomorrow | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
IMSA sits on the outskirts of Chicago, in a little town called Aurora, Illinois. It feels more like a college than a high school. The halls aren’t lined with lockers.
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I love the way this school is designed to give students a chance to fully immerse themselves, one day a week, into a subject of interest. What a great way to build confidence and make learning a part of one's passion. Every school should take note of this concept and try to incorporate it - it seems to me that every other subject area would improve with this one change...

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4 Steps To Take Digital Visual Notes

4 Steps To Take Digital Visual Notes | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
4 basic steps to taking digital visual notes.
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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, June 11, 2013 9:35 AM

Great idea for visual learners. 

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36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf

36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Websites & mobile apps for digital storytelling, such as Toontastic, VoiceThread, StoryKit, Xtranormal, Puppet Pals, Pixton, Storybird, Comic Master, etc.
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Patricia Stitson's comment, June 11, 2013 1:52 AM
Just for kids? Maybe not. We all have a story to share. Who is building the platform where we can upload stories from all these apps?
Patricia Stitson's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:53 AM

Just for kids? Maybe not. We all have a story to share. Who is building the platform where we can upload stories from all these apps?

Cindy Rudy's curator insight, July 4, 2013 10:05 PM

Another great collection of tools and ideas for storytelling digitally.

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How PBS LearningMedia Can Strengthen Students' Media Literacy for Common Core | Edspace

How PBS LearningMedia Can Strengthen Students' Media Literacy for Common Core | Edspace | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
PBS LearningMedia, a free destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital public media resources including videos, games, au
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The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All - The Digital Shift

The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All - The Digital Shift | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

My take-away: Remember the Syms Department Store ad that said "An educated consumer is our best customer?" That may no longer be true, according to this article. The more you know the less likely you'll use Snapchat. Warn your students that, as we've said countless times before, once it's posted it is permanent no matter how well you think you've covered your tracks.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:22 AM

Beware the permanency of the picture!

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The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom

The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
You don't have to be a neuroscientist to promote brain-based learning in your classroom. In fact, it's really quite simple.
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College Readiness: Librarians Can Help the Transition | On Common Core | School Library Journal

College Readiness: Librarians Can Help the Transition | On Common Core | School Library Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

If WE don't share this information we have no one to blame but ourselves. Make sure your admin & teachers KNOW that the school librarians has an important role in the delivery of Common Core.

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Doctors Use a Dissolvable 3D-Printed Tracheal Splint to Save a Baby’s Life

Doctors Use a Dissolvable 3D-Printed Tracheal Splint to Save a Baby’s Life | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
An infant's collapsing airway now has a device holding it open; as his tissue strengthens, the splint will be absorbed into his body
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Wear What You Want: Dressing to Lead in Libraries

Wear What You Want: Dressing to Lead in Libraries | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
An interesting discussion happened today on Twitter about clothing and librarianship. It all started with Jaime Corris Hammond (@jaimebc) posting the following: "Let's talk about perceptions of lea...
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We don't have to conform but we don't have to be bunheads, either. Loved this interesting take on appearances...

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10 Educators On Twitter You Should Follow - TeachThought

10 Educators On Twitter You Should Follow - TeachThought | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Title: 10 Educators Worth Following on Twitter
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Badging in the Classroom--Our Definitive Guide -- THE Journal

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Badging in the Classroom--Our Definitive Guide -- THE Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
With new programs and standards emerging, digital badges are helping students prove what they've learned in--and outside--school.
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Focus on People, Not Tools | The User Experience

Focus on People, Not Tools | The User Experience | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

This article starts by saying "Librarianship has lost its focus..." True. We ask ourselves if we are tecchie librarians or reading librarians. That's the wrong question. We SHOULD be asking, how do we best serve our patrons? If we focus on the user, as this article suggests, the other questions take care of themselves (with our help, of course!)

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10 Significant Trends In Education And Online Learning

10 Significant Trends In Education And Online Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
10 Significant Trends In Education And Online Learning
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Course choice, blended learning, object-oriented content, bundled platforms, competency-based learning, performance-based funding, and college credit opportunities - ALL of these trends could be greatly enhanced by the presence of a qualified, dynamic, and high-quality library media specialist on staff. The LMS provides a global view that makes all of these concepts better in practice.

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The 4 Essential Organization Apps For Your Classroom—And Tons of Ideas For Using Them -- THE Journal

The 4 Essential Organization Apps For Your Classroom—And Tons of Ideas For Using Them -- THE Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Check out these four must-have apps to help you and your students utilize mobile technologies to get organized in the classroom.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

I like when articles go from the "what" to the "how." Teachers get inundated with tools and precious little information about how to use them. This is a really good starting point.

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5 Videos That Describe New Learning

5 Videos That Describe New Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
These five videos help describe new learning, including project-based learning, game-based learning, and mobile learning.
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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.
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My take-away: when we talk about librarians losing their jobs all over the country I find myself wondering why any right-minded school system would eliminate the very important teacher of research and digital literacy. Then I realize it's because THEY DON'T KNOW THE LIBRARIAN TEACHES RESEARCH AND DIGITAL LITERACY. Why not? Teachers want it and know they need it - read this: 

"In November 2012, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project released a study that surveyed 2,067 Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers. It found that while most teachers agreed that the Internet provides a wealth of information to students, they also said students often don't have the digital-literacy skills to wade through that information. Forty-seven percent of the teachers surveyed said they "strongly agree" and another 44 percent said they "somewhat believe" that courses and content focusing on digital literacy should be incorporated into the school curriculum." 

If this isn't the entry point to make yourself indispensible, library land, I don't know what is.

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, June 12, 2013 12:09 AM

Good article to share with your teachers who are looking to improve student research skills to meet standards.

Maria Persson's comment, June 17, 2013 11:00 PM
If this happens in the early years of learning it will not be such an issue at the tertiary level where plagiarism is still a real problem!
Maria Persson's curator insight, June 17, 2013 11:07 PM

A number of great points that are both practical and theoritical in terms of how to assist students' understanding of digital literacy skills, preparing them for the future, increasing their understanding of what the future might bring! 

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43 Great Free Tools for Teachers From edshelf

43 Great Free Tools for Teachers From edshelf | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A curated list of recommended free tools, websites & mobile apps for teachers, such as Google Docs, Prezi, Wordle, ClassDojo, TED, Quizlet, YouTube, etc.
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When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler

When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A new documentary shares the story of the 23rd unit’s daring deceptions
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

This is the kind of thing I like to pull out when someone berates me for weeding the 900's. "How can you pull THAT book?" they ask. "History is history! Who cares how old the book is?" I care - and this is why. What we know of  history is constantly changing. We learn new stories, we uncover new truths, we see through newer eyes. I love this story and will be sharing it with students next year. A beautiful example of brains over brawn...

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The Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Creating Great Presentations - The Digital Shift

The Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Creating Great Presentations - The Digital Shift | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Don't succomb to "power pointlessness!" Read this article for other ways to get your "point" across!

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The Adventures of Library Girl: School Library Annual Reports: Connecting the Dots Between Your Library And Student Learning

The Adventures of Library Girl: School Library Annual Reports: Connecting the Dots Between Your Library And Student Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

Love this post - especially the 1-4 bullet points. This is a must-read for school librarians, both newbie and experienced.

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