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An Introduction to Technology Integration

Integrating technology with classroom practice can be a great way to strengthen engagement by linking students to a global audience, turning them into creato...
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Excellent Checklist for Evaluating Information Sources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Checklist for Evaluating Information Sources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. 

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Information skills are not just about referencing. Many teachers believe students are more knowledgeable about searching than they actually are. In their desire to grab content, students often ignore credibility and  accuracy. 

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, April 7, 9:44 PM

Information skills are not just about referencing. Many teachers believe students are more knowledgeable about searching than they actually are. In their desire to grab content, students often ignore credibility and  accuracy. 

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You can’t buy that! The great e-book royalty war

You can’t buy that! The great e-book royalty war | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
A backstage battle between publishers and authors over royalties may be limiting which e-books you can buy
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How to Buy Ebooks From Anywhere and Still Read Them All in One Place

How to Buy Ebooks From Anywhere and Still Read Them All in One Place | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Most ebook sellers try to lock you into a particular ecosystem. If you don't mind buying from the same company every time, this isn't too bad, but you lose the ability to comparison shop, as well as making it difficult to switch apps. Fortunately, there's a way around this problem.

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Pew Internet: Advocacy Tools for Librarians

Pew Internet: Advocacy Tools for Librarians | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has produced a series of reports presenting new research on library services, trends in reading habits and patron needs in the digital age. This three-year research program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and informed by an advisory group, focus groups and surveys of library users, non-users, and librarians. The Pew research is rich in data that librarians can use to inform internal planning and support advocacy efforts. The Pew data is nationally representative, however many libraries are seeing examples of how the Pew findings reflect changes and trends in their own libraries. The foundation has developed the following advocacy toolkits (one kit for each report) that include materials librarians can customize and use in their own communities. The tools will help librarians effectively talk about the Pew data to stakeholders and share information about library services. For guidelines and best practices on how to use these tools, please reference the Resource Box below.

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SCIS's curator insight, March 23, 8:22 PM

Advocacy toolkits developed with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 7, 11:53 PM

Advocacy toolkit for teacher librarians and school library media specialists.

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 4:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 6:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 11:57 AM

Important 21st century skills

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Read Books | Education Hub - Health, Finance, Schools and Jobs

Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Read Books | Education Hub - Health, Finance, Schools and Jobs | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Mark Twain said ““In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin

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The Rice Process's curator insight, January 21, 2:09 PM

These beautiful spaces just made it to my "bucket list"

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Shakespeare and Company, Paris! a magical place
Kim Spencer's curator insight, March 18, 5:09 PM

Thats it take me there, i shall read for the rest of my life. huh BKwrm

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The Fear Factor That Holds Back Innovation

The Fear Factor That Holds Back Innovation | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
My friends at Canada Education have just published a piece I wrote for them on why schools find it so hard to innovate. I'd really recommend that you read it in its original context (not least beca...
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Excellent article by David Price. What stops innovation in schools? "Doing the right thing or doing the required thing?" (Barry Schwartz) How many school leaders feel the fear and do it anyway?  Innovation is a mindset.

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Speed Dating With Books! | The Daring Librarian

Speed Dating With Books! | The Daring Librarian | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

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Works so well! Thank you Gwyneth.

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Jennifer Cowley's curator insight, December 9, 2013 8:03 PM

I do speed book dating with my English classes twice a year (first & last independent reads).  The desks get moved into pairs and they each have 2 minutes to make their pitch and a minute after each to give feedback.  Then one partner rotates to another desk.  They get through about 10 rounds.  While they do, I circulate and listen to each students' booktalk (I can listen in on two at a time) to assess their speaking skills and book knowledge.  It's SO much better than having one student present to the entire class, especially for the kids who are afraid of public speaking and those for whom English is a second language.  The classroom does get loud, but I always remind them to use their quiet voice and it helps.  Some kids are more aware of volume than others.

Our library does a larger version of SPD for Valentine's Day... it's a huge event at the school and it's great to see so many kids and district staff be eager to participate.

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:09 AM

Great ideas for reader engagement!

gwynethjones's comment, December 10, 2013 6:27 AM
Jennifer- Your version sounds great, too! Do you have that activity written up on a blog or wiki? I'd love to add that to the blog post under resources!
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10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers

10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

Knowing how to develop a bibliography and cite the resources you drew on  in your research papers are two elemental skills for any student researcher. 


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Jan Watts's curator insight, February 25, 2:13 PM

It is essential that students are able to cite the sources of their information. These tools are great support for this....

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 14, 1:22 AM
10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 29, 9:49 AM

Excellent collection of tools for teachers and students. I will include these in my campaign to get teachers to ask students to cite.

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14 Profound Quotes From The Harry Potter Books

14 Profound Quotes From The Harry Potter Books | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Mostly from Dumbledore because obviously.
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Promoting your school library - YouTube

This short promotional film, developed by ALIA Schools, is for principals, school communities, teacher librarians, library staff and teachers. The film gives...

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, February 10, 12:17 PM

Let's video-write our ideas - youtube's last fashion :)

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 25, 8:19 AM

Well-made and very well thought out presentation.  The importance of a trained librarian is very evident here.

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 7, 11:50 PM

ALIA Schools promotional film advocating the role of school libraries and teacher librarians.

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Why plagiarize when you can curate?

Why plagiarize when you can curate? | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

It seems that Shia LaBeouf isn't the only one getting in trouble for 'being inspired' by the works of the others - French viral video site Minutebuzz is in hot water for selling plagiarized love story to Coca Cola


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, January 26, 12:05 AM
It looks like the race to content just did another victim which is none the less an Coca Cola. Brands and marketers still thinking originality = creation, be warned: in a web drowning in content, duplicating existing content doesn't add value. Curating it does.
Muriel Hug's curator insight, January 27, 1:50 AM

Unethical lack of inspiration there.. 

gwynethjones's curator insight, February 6, 7:10 PM

Take that Shia! Attribution RULES!

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Library officials say 'nothing has changed,' embrace shift to digital

Library officials say 'nothing has changed,' embrace shift to digital | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

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lyn_hay's curator insight, March 1, 2:18 PM
This article in a local newspaper highlights how libraries are being embraced as community-based learning AND living centres. The role, programs and services are expanding like never before. Here we have examples of library management and staff who are listening carefully to the needs and interests of their users. This ensures the library 'grows with' and responds to the changing needs of its community. This same approach should be implemented by school libraries.
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Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

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Rosa Piquin's curator insight, April 7, 8:18 AM

Menos mal que muchos directores  , cada vez tienen más claro que las Bibliotecas Escolares !son el corazón de la escuela!

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 7, 9:52 PM

An important YouTube clip featuring a school principal reinforcing that teacher librarians are central to the learning programs in schools.

Jessica Raeside's curator insight, April 14, 7:46 PM

This clip is Gold! Spot on! Encompasses everything the TL role is about! 

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Find, Research, Cite, Link and Curate with the Excellent Google Research Tool

Find, Research, Cite, Link and Curate with the Excellent Google Research Tool | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

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Scott Compton's curator insight, April 2, 9:28 AM

 

Good Google Drive feature

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 2, 9:38 AM

This is one of my favorite tools. It pulls up images too and with the new image editing tools it is so easy to put in a nice picture. 

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, April 2, 3:31 PM

You do have to log into your Google account to see this content, but it's a worthwhile step. 

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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

After participating in an exciting webinar on Libraries, Technology, and Implementing Common Core provided by AASL, I began to think about how the role of the school-based media specialist is evolving.

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Teacher librarians are the Swiss army knives of schools. Multi-skilled, flexible, diverse but connected.

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The 2014 CMO's Guide To The Social Landscape

The 2014 CMO's Guide To The Social Landscape | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

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Comprehensive info graphic on what's popular in social media.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, April 5, 10:20 AM

This is a lot of reading.....but it's interesting!

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Love libraries? Then you’re probably ahead of the technological curve.

Love libraries? Then you’re probably ahead of the technological curve. | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
"Library lovers" and "information omnivores" score high on library engagement -- and tech usage.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 15, 4:21 AM

I love reports like this. We are highly tech savvy, tell me more :) 

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Four Futures for School Libraries – Guest Post by Valerie Hill

Four Futures for School Libraries – Guest Post by Valerie Hill | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
4 themes for school libraries in 2014 by by Dr. Valerie Hill. The four areas for the future of School Libraries that Dr. Hill outlines are: Critical Thinking Constructivist Learning Collaboration D...

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 19, 6:23 PM

Proposta de 4 dimensões prioritárias para as bibliotecas escolares em 2014:

Pensamento Crítico

Aprendizagem Construtivista

Colaboração

Cidadania Digital

josé krijnsen's curator insight, March 20, 1:05 AM

School Libraries of the future

Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 22, 12:41 PM

4 themes for 2014  for  school libraries  are critical thinking,, constructivist learning, collaboration and digital citizenship

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Copyright guidelines for schools.

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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library.  A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn.  When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money.  I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.


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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library
Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 15, 12:05 PM

Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 20, 8:28 PM

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

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Information fluency versus information literacy: what is the difference?

Information fluency versus information literacy: what is the difference? | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 17, 12:52 PM

Food for thought, discussion and debate?

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Book Art in the Learning Commons!

Book Art in the Learning Commons! | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
The Johnston Heights News Blog (Book Art made by Mr Smith's Art 9/10 class is displayed in the Learning Commons. Visit here...

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, January 23, 9:40 PM

Celebrate student achievements in the physical and virtual learning commons

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10 tips to curate like a rockstar

Content curation is a great way to shine on the Web. But how do we make this easy and practical? At Scoop.it we're constantly amazed by the great work our awesome curators do with their content. 


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Fast Moving Targets's comment, February 11, 9:10 AM
To be honest, all those people that want to be rock stars. From startups to content curators. Forget it! You're not!
Fast Moving Targets's comment, February 11, 9:10 AM
To be honest, all those people that want to be rock stars. From startups to content curators. Forget it! You're not!
Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 12, 5:15 AM

Great tips!