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School Library. SLJ Dirvey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift

School Library.  SLJ Dirvey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it

Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey, media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms. SLJ.


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Why Reading Aloud to Kids Is Important... | Knowledge Quest

Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success (Bredekamp, Copple, & Neuman, 2000).It provides children with a demonstration of phrased, fluent reading (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996).It reveals the rewards of reading, and develops the listener’s interest in books and desire to be a reader (Mooney, 1990).Listening to others read develops key understanding and skills, such as an appreciation for how a story is written and familiarity with book conventions, such as “once upon a time” and “happily ever after” (Bredekamp et al., 2000).Reading aloud to children helps them develop and improve literacy skills — reading, writing, speaking, and listening. And since children listen on a higher level than they read, listening to other readers stimulates growth and understanding of vocabulary and language patterns. (www.educationworld.com, 2017).
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Use Socrative to Create Quiz Games That Accept Short Answers via @rmbyrne

Use Socrative to Create Quiz Games That Accept Short Answers via @rmbyrne | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
This morning I received an email from a reader who was looking for an alternative to Kahoot. He wrote, "I would love to have the same se

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National Women’s History Month lessons and resources

National Women’s History Month lessons and resources | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
In 1975, the United Nations declared March to be International Women's History Month and March 8 International Women's Day. Later, in 1981, several women's groups convinced Congress to declare a national Women's History Week in the United States. In 1987, after lobbying by the National Women's History Project, Congress expanded the week to a month. The…

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Kids and Family Reading Report | Scholastic Inc.

Kids and Family Reading Report | Scholastic Inc. | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
“You’re never alone if you have a good book. A good story, fiction or nonfiction, can open up the imagination for problem solving and critical thinking, or just for working through the tough spots in life. A truly good story sucks you in, and opens up a whole new world.”

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 1, 8:02 AM
Speaking to parents soon? This will provide you background information and data.
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Makey Makey Whack A Mole

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It really is amazing what you can accomplish with a simple idea, a few alligator clips, tin foil, some curiosity and a sense of wonder. Check out the Makey Makey Whack A Mole game!

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Recess Queen – Full of STEAM! @MisFitz333 @MrsBoston1

Recess Queen – Full of STEAM! @MisFitz333  @MrsBoston1 | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Alright – let’s dive right in! When we first got started, the only knowledge we had of utilizing a STEAM station in the classroom, was what we read.  We were a bit nervous at first because the task seemed daunting and oh…we had ZERO space for all of the things we thought we needed! What we discovered, however, was that the setup was much easier than we had anticipated. We each chose a corner in our classrooms devoted to creating. Laura’s was called “Tinker Town” and Jess called hers “Imagination Station.” We filled it with things we already had in the classroom.  We basically searched for easily manipulated recyclable items to put in bins (ie. q-tips, cotton balls, yarn, pipe cleaners, paper towel rolls, cardboard, tape, etc.)  Our STEAM stations became the perfect place to house those extra odds and ends we always saved in our closets because we would “need it someday.”



We knew we wanted the creating to be authentic, so we decided that each STEAM activity would connect to a piece of literature. We started simple.

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To Build a Better Question

To Build a Better Question | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner mandate that we equip our students with the skills they need to pursue lifelong learning. The Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards all advocate for genuine student inquiry, and the best thinkers in education are demanding that students take a…

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Getting Started Making And Programming With LEGO Robotics via Gillian Pemberton

Getting Started Making And Programming With LEGO Robotics via Gillian Pemberton | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Gillian Pemberton

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Writing Proficiency -  9 Skills Bosses See Lacking In New Graduates In 2016

Writing  Proficiency -  9 Skills Bosses See Lacking In New Graduates In 2016 | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Managers Who Feel New Grads Lack Skill: 44%

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We’ve Stopped Translating Children’s Books Into English. Where Will We Get the Next Tintin?

We’ve Stopped Translating Children’s Books Into English. Where Will We Get the Next Tintin? | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
The Little Prince, Astrid Lindgren, the Brothers Grimm, made us readers. But they came to English years ago—where’s all the stuff that’s happened since?

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Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities (EdSurge News) by Nira Dale

Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities (EdSurge News) by Nira Dale | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that kids learn better when teachers provide learning activities that keep them engaged. Teachers work tirelessly to plan engaging lessons that capture and keep the interests of their students, thereby making content more accessible. However, teachers continue to feel the daunting pre

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Universities must enter the digital age or risk facing irrelevance 

Universities must enter the digital age or risk facing irrelevance  | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
The old model of a teacher delivering a one-way message through a lecture is no longer engaging 21st-century students.

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A Wonderful Tool to Help Students Easily Design Their Own Games

A Wonderful Tool to Help Students Easily Design Their Own Games | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Gamestar Mechanic is a gaming platform where students grades 4 to 9 get to learn how to design their own games using the learning principles of game design. Gamester Mechanic features three main components to engage students in game-based learning: the Quest, Workshop and Game Alley.

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Why Reading Aloud to Kids Is Important... | Knowledge Quest

Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success (Bredekamp, Copple, & Neuman, 2000).It provides children with a demonstration of phrased, fluent reading (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996).It reveals the rewards of reading, and develops the listener’s interest in books and desire to be a reader (Mooney, 1990).Listening to others read develops key understanding and skills, such as an appreciation for how a story is written and familiarity with book conventions, such as “once upon a time” and “happily ever after” (Bredekamp et al., 2000).Reading aloud to children helps them develop and improve literacy skills — reading, writing, speaking, and listening. And since children listen on a higher level than they read, listening to other readers stimulates growth and understanding of vocabulary and language patterns. (www.educationworld.com, 2017).
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NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition via Stephen Abram

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition via Stephen Abram | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Stephen Abram

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Adding “And Then The Murders Began” As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better

Adding “And Then The Murders Began” As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Adding “And Then The Murders Began” As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better

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Jennifer Cowley's curator insight, March 21, 2:35 PM
I'm going to try this with my English students to get them to explore the novels in the library. 1) Find a book on the shelf 2) take a picture of the cover or title page (to collect all title and author info) 3)take a picture of the first page (to collect the first sentence) 4) put book back EXACTLY where/how you found it. Everyone has to pick at least 3 books and they can't be the same as anyone else's...I'm thinking with a class of 30 we have enough fiction shelves and displays in the library for everyone to claim a shelf, so that will prevent duplication. Then the kids will form groups and create a log of their finds (could use spreadsheets or some other app I want them to practice) and debate which 2 candidates to put forward as their best finds. Then the class will vote for the best opening line. Along the way, they'll be exposed to a bunch of titles they wouldn't have selected and have pictures of the first pages on their devices that they'll read (and will hopefully scan more than just the first line), and be discussing the value of book openings. Not sure if I'll try this after Spring Break or wait until September to use it as part of the start of year FVR setup, but it's coming:-)
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#Fake #News, #Alternative #Facts and #Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of #Truth @jenniferlagarde

#Fake #News, #Alternative #Facts and #Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of #Truth @jenniferlagarde | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it

"Let's be clear, there's no such thing as "alternative facts."

The same fact can be used by different people to support alternative opinions, but the facts don't change. Different people can use the same facts to emphasize alternative ideas or to inform different theories, but the facts remain the same. Facts are non-partisan. Facts alone are neutral. It's what we do with them that becomes controversial.

That said, there's a not so old saying that goes "we are drowning in information, but starving for knowledge." (Note: the fact that this saying is attributed to at least 5 different people when I do a quick search for the author is an irony that has not escaped me, but I digress). These days, getting answers to your questions is just about the easiest thing in the world. Getting the right answer is more challenging. Librarians (and Neil Gaiman) have known this for years, but one thing is certain, in the information age, discerning fact from fiction is THE "21st century skill."


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Jeroen Clemens's curator insight, January 28, 4:13 AM
very important task for education
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Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of Truth
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School Libraries and Their Influence on School Culture | Knowledge Quest

School Libraries and Their Influence on School Culture | Knowledge Quest | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
School culture refers to the way teachers and other staff members work together and the set of beliefs, values, and assumptions they share. A positive school climate and school culture promote students’ ability to learn (ASCD, 2017). Students, staff, administration,... Read More ›

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Teaching Why Facts Still Matter @Edutopia

Teaching Why Facts Still Matter @Edutopia | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it

“You may think you are prepared for a post-truth world, in which political appeals to emotion count for more than statements of verifiable fact,” writes Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post. “But now it’s time to cross another bridge—into a world without facts. Or, more precisely, where facts do not matter a whit.”

Because I teach American history, government, and journalism in high school, Sullivan’s words hit close to home. I spoke with my students about Mary Beth Hertz’s Edutopia post “Battling Fake News in the Classroom,” and I sensed that many of my students, while skilled at what Hertz fittingly calls “crap detection,” were still deeply troubled by what they characterized as a growing public aversion to the truth.

When politicians and thought leaders can’t or won’t agree on a basic set of facts, how can we motivate students for the noble pursuit of truth and help them see why it still matters?  "


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Kimberly Byrne's curator insight, May 11, 7:35 AM
Great article about using history to demonstrate why facts matter.  Several different ideas to try are suggested in regards to topics.
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6000+ Children's Books Available for Free: Free Technology for Teachers

6000+ Children's Books Available for Free: Free Technology for Teachers | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it

The University of Florida's Digital Collections offers ahuge library of digitized children's books. 

 

All of the children's books in the collection can be read online. Reading the books online could be a bit difficult for some as there is a border with menus surrounding each page of the books. To avoid that, you can print all of the books for free. The printed version does not display anything but the book as it was scanned.


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, September 5, 2016 9:55 AM
Great way to read some classic children's literature titles. 
Karen Draper's curator insight, September 6, 2016 1:29 PM
whatever the format-- what gets kids to read!
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The Joy of the Maker Movement | Scholastic.com

The Joy of the Maker Movement | Scholastic.com | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
This STEM-based movement spurs critical thinking and creativity.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 4, 2016 9:27 PM

Includes projects that can be made to be easier or more challenging. 

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It's Not Their Grades That Students Should Be Worrying About

It's Not Their Grades That Students Should Be Worrying About | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Results day can be stressful and traumatic for students, but employers are interested as much in the skills that will help a new employee fit into their business as in their academic performance.

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Classroom Management Tips for Handling Difficult Students

Classroom Management Tips for Handling Difficult Students | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Use these effective classroom management tips to deal with difficult students who tend to act out.
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40 Learning Quotes That Will Inspire You

40 Learning Quotes That Will Inspire You | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Here are 40 of some of the best learning quotes out there on the Web, collected from some of history's best and most brilliant minds.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 21, 2016 8:56 PM

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 23, 2016 2:28 PM
As you think about preparing for the new school year, here is an awesome collection of 40 inspiring quotes about learning.
StacyLada's curator insight, July 25, 2016 9:22 AM
Great quotes for thinking
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Thinking of Building a Makerspace? Think Again!

Thinking of Building a Makerspace? Think Again! | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
You see, we're not building one space 5,000 times. We're building the space that our kids, teachers, and community need. And it's ok to be different from someone else's space.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 10, 2016 9:55 PM

A list of questions educators may want to consider as they begin building their own makerspaces.