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A stealth librarianship manifesto

A stealth librarianship manifesto | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Stealth librarianship is a way of being. This particular edition of the manifesto applies to academic libraries. The principles of stealth librarianship apply to all branches of the profession, each in particular ways.
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Okay...this article was posted a little over 2 years ago but it is just as applicable today as it was when written. Love the bullet points - my most forward-thinking librarian friends have been saying (for years) that we need to move out of the echo chamber and into the world of our admins and our patrons. Stealth? Not really. But I love the way DuPuis talks about "infiltrating" our student communities.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff.

The Adventures of Library Girl: School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff. | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education

12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
If you run a classroom, school, district, or country, you need to know how to properly integrate technology in education. This should help.
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Wikispaces Classroom: Formative Assessment

Wikispaces Classroom: Formative Assessment | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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I think it is important for school librarians to be very familiar with forms of assessment and how to guide a classroom teacher in this regard. Just because "we don't test" doesn't mean we don't have to be aware of technologies that will help our colleagues in the classroom. This is an excellent article about how to use a common tool, Wikispaces, for formative assessments in the classroom.

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Digital Storytelling and the Common Core

A presentation connecting digital writing with standards-based curriculum (DS and the CCSS Prezi: http://t.co/rldODPamEC #sigds)

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 21, 2013 11:32 PM

Solid information on why digital story telling is a great tool that aligns with several anchor standards.  (But please, let's move past elementary school fonts when presenting to our peers! My eyes can't take it.)

Rita Godwin's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:17 AM

Good resources on how to tie Common Core with digital storytelling. Another reason why we are useful!

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Life as of Late: Parents: A Word about Instagram

Life as of Late: Parents: A Word about Instagram | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Interesting blog post from a parenting perspective on how kids are using Instagram to play the same old middle school games they have always played with sometimes instantly negative consequences. I like the perspective and I learned something new here...

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IN OUR SCHOOLS: Emphasis placed on ability to write

IN OUR SCHOOLS: Emphasis placed on ability to write | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Northwest Local Schools is making big changes in its three middle schools to get its adolescent students writing papers before they get to high school.
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I think it is interesting to read that "A new course called the Fifth Core will get students researching and writing papers in a daily class created by adding 30 minutes onto existing English classes. However, since the district doesn’t have enough English teachers to go around, social studies and science teachers will be part of the writing team, said Mark Farmer, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum. There is no mention in this article whatsoever about the school librarian - the very person who's job it is to teach research. They "don't have enough English teachers?" Do they have librarians? I'm curious...

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Financial Literacy Standards Rolled Out for K-12

Financial Literacy Standards Rolled Out for K-12 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Council for Economic Education announced new financial literacy standards, setting up benchmarks for 4th, 8th, and 12th graders to learn about money management
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AASL Learning4Life Lesson Plan Database | An initiative of the American Association of School Librarians

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Aligned with the AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner and crosswalked with the Common Core Standards; searchable & vetted by AASL reviewers to ensure quality and alignment. Thanks to @lucysantosgreen for sharing!

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Document Deep Dive: What Was on the First SAT?

Document Deep Dive: What Was on the First SAT? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Explore the exam that has been stressing out college-bound high school students since 1926
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The original SAT had 9 sub-tests and 315 questions that students completed in just 97 minutes. Test yourself to see how you would have done!

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Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests

Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The reading passage starts: 'Dear New York State, I am not fond of your tests. They do not show you who I am, or who my teachers are....'
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The most telling thing about this article is in the comments that follow. Are there really people out there who would be so cruel to a 8th grade girl? Are there really people out there who believe there is such a thing as a "teacher mafia?" You don't have to totally buy in to the article to see the point of it; however, the comments that follow leave me with precious little faith in my fellow citizens....

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MayInfotopia2013.pdf

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These newsletters from Infotopia are great! The May 2013 is out and ready for you to use - share with your math teachers

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Hopscotch for iPad Makes Coding Kid-Friendly (Video)

Hopscotch for iPad Makes Coding Kid-Friendly (Video) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Hopscotch, demoed at D: Dive Into Mobile today, is an iPad app designed to make coding fun for kids.
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How cool is this? If we can get them started early who knows what they'll be able to create by the time they are in middle and high school. What a great way to pave the way for self-directed learning! What a great way to help kids to become creators of software instead of just consumers of software!

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Modern Taxonomy Wheel

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Modern Taxonomy Wheel | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
"Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Modern Taxonomy Wheel" good read http://t.co/WUC6Hbce9d

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The 21st Century Principal: Empowering and Educating Students About Cell Phones: Ending the Bans

The 21st Century Principal: Empowering and Educating Students About Cell Phones: Ending the Bans | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Pew Research Center cited; we are teaching "cell-mostly" internet users - incorporate the technology rather than ban. Shouldn't we be teaching proper use (ethics as well as how) instead of stopping them at the door?

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Computer Science Professors Experiment With Flipped Classrooms | News | The Harvard Crimson

Computer Science Professors Experiment With Flipped Classrooms | News | The Harvard Crimson | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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My take away: “What we really want to teach people is not so much facts, but how to think about approaching problems and solving them,” Lewis said. YES! How can we use this model in K-12 to give students a leg up on problem-solving skills?

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TED Education Wants Your Help Bringing Cool Science to the Classroom

TED Education Wants Your Help Bringing Cool Science to the Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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9 Tips Every Teacher should Know about Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

9 Tips Every Teacher should Know about Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Marcia Pereira's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:09 AM

Great directions with visuals to better use Google Scholar.

Ann Vega's curator insight, April 22, 2013 10:38 AM

Thanks iPad Sammy!

LLAS Centre's curator insight, April 26, 2013 5:52 AM

Great for educators who want to make the most of Google Scholar and save time!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Mission Map Quest - Create Your Own Geography Games

Free Technology for Teachers: Mission Map Quest - Create Your Own Geography Games | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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School Libraries | American Library Association

School Libraries | American Library Association | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The School Libraries section of the 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report from the American Library Association provides an update on the crisis facing school libraries and the decline in staffing of school librarians.
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According to this article, "The number of school librarians declined more than other school staff from 2007 to 2011 with the exception of instruction coordinators and supervisors." It seems that in this age of expected information literacy, college & career readiness, and pushes for a higher graduation rate, librarians have become more expendable than the elementary school art teacher. Do they not realize there are Common Core Standards that cannot be met without the direct intervention of a professionally trained librarian? When will the "R" be put back in STEM? If kids can't/won't read (and that is certainly NOT the entire scope of the school librarian) then how will they complete a science project or read a math problem? It takes a village...

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YA Books and More: Infographic: How to Create a Book Trailer

YA Books and More: Infographic: How to Create a Book Trailer | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Wonderful infographic to help you get started on book trailers. Students will love this pic!

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Plan It Green: The Big Switch!

Plan It Green: The Big Switch! | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Fantastic ecological city-builder. The main idea of the game is to create the cleanest and safest city, using eco-technologies.
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Educating Americans for the 21st Century | Special Reports | Smithsonian Magazine

Educating Americans for the 21st Century   | Special Reports | Smithsonian Magazine | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Articles from the Smithsonian Institution's award-winning, monthly general interest magazine, plus exclusive Web articles, videos, blogs, photographs and more.
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Lots of stuff to take in, here. With Data in Pictures, History, Museums, What's Working, Global & Historical Context plus an interactive map asking "where are the centers for education innovation?" This will take a while to get through so bookmark and return!

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The Importance Of Mobile Learning In (And Out Of) The Classroom

The Importance Of Mobile Learning In (And Out Of) The Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
There has always been at least some sort of disconnect between how things like mobile learning are taught in a classroom and how things work in the 'real world'.
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From the article: The 21st Century workforce will be filled with people who have grown up with devices, and are used to having easy access to search engines, sharing and collaboration are the norm, and creative freedom is king. Shouldn’t our classrooms represent a version of this too?

Absolutely! What's the hold-up? IMHO it isn't just funding. There's a fundamental disconnect between the generation teaching and the generation being taught - how do we narrow the gap?

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Sandra Carswell's comment, April 20, 2013 11:41 AM
We narrow the gap by bringing the teachers up to speed. How? By providing a device and training and requiring them to participate. After all, to continue to be a great teacher, you must continue to be a learner, it goes hand-in-hand.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, April 22, 2013 12:16 PM
Agreed. Becoming a teacher does NOT mean abdicating the responsibility to continue to be a learner - sometimes from our own students!
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Infographic: Where a STEM Education Can Take You

Infographic: Where a STEM Education Can Take You | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Follow the path from school to the workplace to see what sticking with STEM will do for a career
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

It seems like I'm on a STEM kick today but I love the way this Infographic clearly shows a path and trajectory for STEM learning.

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