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Game Jam Your Classroom

Game Jam Your Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Just what is a game jam? It is a short event, usually only a day or two, where game developers plan, design and create a short game. Similar to a music jam session, game jams don't involve much pre-p
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Could this be a makerspace idea for library media centers? I love the breakdown "how to" given for hosting a Game Jam. It's one of those things that might scare most adults but have students clamoring for. 

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Where to listen to American Roots Music Online

Where to listen to American Roots Music Online | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Some great online spots to check out a century's worth of American roots music.
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These are some great sites to keep bookmarked for student and/or teacher research. Nothing tells more about a time period than the popular music that was played within it.

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10 Ways to Make Money BECAUSE of Your Blog - Dukeo

10 Ways to Make Money BECAUSE of Your Blog - Dukeo | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
We talk a lot about affiliate marketing, PPC ads, list building and ways you can make money with a blog. But plenty of bloggers don't have a single visibl
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Interesting points - can they be applied to libraries and librarians? What about students? If you have students with a unique POV - could you encourage them to blog their way to a career? 

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EverSlide Turns Evernote Notes Into Slideshows | TechCrunch

EverSlide Turns Evernote Notes Into Slideshows | TechCrunch | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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How to Influence People with Your Ideas

How to Influence People with Your Ideas | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Social media tactics will get you only so far.
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This article made me think about how school librarians can influence our school communities with our ideas. How often do we hear the librarian complain that s/he isn't being heard? Having difficulty collaborating? Can't get principal on board? Could these 6 points help - read & decide for yourself.

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Architects of Dreams: Anythink’s Pam Sandlian Smith on the Power of Children’s Librarians | School Library Journal

Architects of Dreams: Anythink’s Pam Sandlian Smith on the Power of Children’s Librarians | School Library Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Love this line:  As librarians, we don’t always recognize our power, our influence. What about our students? Do they recognize their power or influence? Do they feel powerful or influential inside the school building? How can libraries and librarians change that?

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wildswans's curator insight, May 5, 2013 12:31 AM

"When asked what kind of space they wanted, children talked about two types: one was collaborative, and the other resembled our tunnel or tree house. One young girl drew a picture of her preferred space. It resembled a submarine bubble, complete with a lamp for reading and a little table for snacks." - I wonder what kind of space our children will want? I personally think a submarine is cool.

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Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Parents of minor children have a special relationship with libraries. Most believe libraries are very important for their children and provide extra resources that are not available at home.
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A Model for School and Library Collaboration: Arts & Science Day | ALSC Blog

A Model for School and Library Collaboration: Arts & Science Day | ALSC Blog | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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22 Filmmaking Apps for the iPad & iPhone | FilmmakerIQ.com

22 Filmmaking Apps for the iPad & iPhone | FilmmakerIQ.com | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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I have loved iMovie since 2002 or so when I first got to play with it on a Mac given to my elementary school. Now there are so many options and I can't wait to play with them! Video is an EXCELLENT assessment tool to determine learning in a way that is authentic, creative, and engaging.

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10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom

10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom
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Another great article that will help teachers incorporate PBL into their classroom strategies. Hands on is always better in my opinion. It's more engaging and memorable. Check out these great ideas!

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5 Different Ways to Start Creating Apps With Students

5 Different Ways to Start Creating Apps With Students | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Here are five very different ways to get enthusiastic young coders into creating apps and you never know, you just might get caught up in the hype too!
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Making Board Games in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Making Board Games in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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This is a great article to bookmark and refer to in the future. Kids love games and this will give you the bones of how to use your curricular objectives in a way that's creative and fun!

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Digital Literacy: Find Free (and Legal) Images for Your Classroom

Digital Literacy: Find Free (and Legal) Images for Your Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teacher Jen Carey tells how she and her students are accessing millions of free and legal-to-use images online by accessing a variety of web resources.
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This is a teacher who gets it! I wonder who her librarian is...?

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California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game - The Digital Shift

California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game - The Digital Shift | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Fair Use Evaluator

Fair Use Evaluator | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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This would be a great "module" to add to your library's web page. Good information at the point of need.

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General Info | Booklist Online

General Info | Booklist Online | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Booklist Online: The best book reviews for public libraries and school libraries, and the best books to read for your book club, brought to you by the ALA
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4 Ways To Improve School Communication Using Social Media - Edudemic

4 Ways To Improve School Communication Using Social Media - Edudemic | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As computers and other forms of technology filtered into the classroom, the ability to improve school communication via computer has become very important.
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The World's Strongest Librarian Tells All

The World's Strongest Librarian Tells All | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Few professions are as bedevilled by stereotypes as librarianship.
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From the review: Hanagarne, who works at the Salt Lake City Public Library, is six-feet-seven-inches tall and weighs two hundred and sixty pounds. He was raised as a Mormon, has extreme Tourette’s Syndrome (or Tourette Syndrome, as he calls it), and in his spare time trains for strongman competitions. 

Wow...I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

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10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won't Hear in Business School

10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won't Hear in Business School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Sara Blakely, the superstar entrepreneur, budding billionaire, and Founder of Spanx, shares 10 surprising lessons for knock-your-socks-off success.
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The biggest takeaway? Don't be afraid to fail and fail big. Fear of failure leads to creative constipation. If we don't teach our kids to be comfortable with failure then we keep them from stretching into their full potential.

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American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Navajo Nation's First Poet Laureate: Luci Tapahonso

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Navajo Nation's First Poet Laureate: Luci Tapahonso | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Luci Tapahonso's "Blue Horses Rush In" is a poetry book to check out. Diversity is important, especially in poetry, and this looks like a good one.

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ALA Unveils Finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Library Association (ALA) has selected six books as...
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A Must See Wheel on The Difference between Using Technology and Technology Integration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Wheel on The Difference between Using Technology and Technology Integration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Worth a look. Thought-provoking. Another voice calling for curriculum driven technology decisions NOT technology driven curriculum decisions.

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The Revolutionary Effect of the Paperback Book

The Revolutionary Effect of the Paperback Book | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
This simple innovation transformed the reading habits of an entire nation
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8 Brilliant Alternatives To Blogging In The Classroom

8 Brilliant Alternatives To Blogging In The Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
8 Brilliant Alternatives To Blogging In The Classroom
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7 Ways To Use Your iPad In The Classroom - Edudemic

7 Ways To Use Your iPad In The Classroom - Edudemic | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
There's a plethora of ways to use your iPad in the classroom but this infographic details some insanely useful apps, methods, and ideas for all teachers.
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I love it when you see a well-designed infographic that gives you the what, the why, and the how. This would be great to post in the media center to help teachers understand the full capabilities of iPads in the classroom. It's not just for students to doodle around - the usefulness for teachers is phenomenal!

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