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Book Mountain, A Pyramid-Shaped Super Library in the Netherlands

Book Mountain, A Pyramid-Shaped Super Library in the Netherlands | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Nicknamed "Book Mountain" by its designers at Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, the new 100,000 square foot public library in Spijkenisse, Netherlands is an 85 foot tall glass pyramid housing a spiral...
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15 Wonderful Quotes About Life From Children's Books

15 Wonderful Quotes About Life From Children's Books | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Sometimes the perfect inspiration comes from our childhood.
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Sarah Kresberg's curator insight, October 9, 2013 9:05 AM

These thought provoking quotations give us something to mull over and also serve as a reminder about some terrific children's books!

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Research Visualisation: Research You Can See

Research Visualisation: Research You Can See | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

In a world of big data, we're for visual data.

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Symbols are universal. The impact of the visual story.

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Divine Design: How to create the 21st-century school library of your dreams | School Library Journal

Divine Design: How to create the 21st-century school library of your dreams | School Library Journal | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
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8 Ways The Librarian Of The Future Will Keep Themselves Busy

8 Ways The Librarian Of The Future Will Keep Themselves Busy | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
8 Ways The Librarian Of The Future Will Keep Themselves Busy
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Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I was obsessed with cultivating a love of reading in my students. I love to read, loved it as a kid too. I'm equally compelled to ensure that my own child loves reading -- and he does.
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Keep the focus on reading! Still as important as ever.

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Creative Commons Resources for Classroom Teachers

Creative Commons Resources for Classroom Teachers | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
If your students are using images, video, or music in the final products that they are producing for your class, then it is INCREDIBLY important that you introduce them to the Creative Commons -- a...
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Cutting edge architecture for Birmingham's books

Cutting edge architecture for Birmingham's books | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Striking design - inside and out - at what is believed will be Europe's largest public library.
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The architect of the new library walks us through it, explaining her motivation for its design.

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How To Combat Student Plagiarism - Edudemic

How To Combat Student Plagiarism - Edudemic | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
It's exam time and students are stressing about turning in papers on time. What's a teacher to do in terms of noticing student plagiarism?
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Malala Yousafzai opens new Birmingham library

Malala Yousafzai opens new Birmingham library | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

The teenage girl shot by Taliban in Pakistan says pens and books are weapons to defeat terrorism.

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A new chapter for libraries - FT.com

A new chapter for libraries - FT.com | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
That wonderful, mad ambition to contain all the knowledge in the world has been with us for millennia. The Library of Alexandria in the 3rd century BC became the archetype, an Atlantis of lost learning and a symbol of a city.
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The public library being reinvented in spectacular designs, animated spaces belonging to its users. 

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WISE: We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice

WISE: We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

The new WISE Publication, to be released in 2014, will focus on the link between new technologies and learning. Graham Brown-Martin, Founder of Learning Without Frontiers and Founder of Education Design Labs, will write the third WISE Book, which will be illustrated by the creative photography of award-winning photographer Newsha Tavakolian.

 

why [has] technology, to date, had very little impact on improved learning outcomes? This could be because we continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice to meet out-dated assessment models.

 

Most of the world’s curriculum and assessment systems are based around fact recall rather than actually demonstrating that you have learned something and can deploy it within a problem-solving situation.


Via Nik Peachey, Deanna Mascle, Gust MEES
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It's not the technology but what we can do with it. We need to keep talking about how to let go of old ways of teaching so as to improve learning. Changing is difficult.

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54321ignition's curator insight, September 20, 2013 6:59 AM

There's more to developing digital content than just repurposing existing textbooks

The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, September 30, 2013 5:15 PM

"Another Brick In The Wall" - Pink Flloyd

The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:12 PM

Our  education system is nothing more than child-care with some 

indoctrination thown in.


See/hear "The Wall" by Pink Floyd  (40+ years ago.)


Let the children play until they are old enough to decide what they are interested in learning. That's completely different than training them from Day 1 to "sit still, be quiet, and obey authority." Training a 5-year old to become a "worker" or 'Businessman"  is not education, but it may be child abuse.

 

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Are you curious about RDA in school libraries?

Are you curious about RDA in school libraries? | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
The story of knowledge is a story of history, and one that directly relates to the way we have wanted to infl uence and educate the young members of our society. Recorded information, and the docum...
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Reading for pleasure 'boosts pupils' results in maths' - Telegraph

Reading for pleasure 'boosts pupils' results in maths' - Telegraph | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Children who read for pleasure in their spare time perform significantly better at school than other pupils, according to a major study.
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Reading for pleasure is competing for time in busy students' schedules. Teachers and parents need to make sure they allow time for children to develop a strong reading ability. 

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the (Top story: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 12, 2013 10:03 AM

Great approaches.Teacher librarians should be responsive to the return to inquiry learning and help restore passion to teaching and joy to learning. TLs have all the tools, spaces and skill sets to help! Make the Learning Commons whole school.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:53 AM

Being fully student centred is certainly a crucial key to inquiry learning.

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It's not all about the books

It's not all about the books | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
THIS week Birmingham opened its impressive new library with an impassioned speech by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for campaigning for...
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7 tips for making your principal your ally - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

7 tips for making your principal your ally - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Librarians, you cannot afford to have an adversarial relationship with their principals. Y...

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Clever insights.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, September 10, 2013 6:03 PM

Great post. If you ever think you are not sure how to approach your principle this is the place to look for advice. 

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Pizza, The Research Process and Resulting Lightbulb Moments

Pizza, The Research Process and Resulting Lightbulb Moments | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
How often do you observe your students, especially the younger ones, in the act of research? And how many of them choose to sit down at a computer, type in their question and then click on the firs...
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The decison-making process in action. How is the research process like ordering a pizza?

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Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Learn the difference between primary and secondary sources. (Hartness Library CCV/Vermont Tech)
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24 Library-Centric Sites We Love

24 Library-Centric Sites We Love | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

Each week I provide links to stories about libraries, authors, and books. Today we're going to do something different! In no particular order, here are some of our favorite library-related places on the web.

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Copyright in a Copy Paste World

Copyright in a Copy Paste World | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
A website dedicated to informing secondary students and their teachers of copyright law, plagiarism policies, and caveats in order to uphold literary integrity and digital ethics through a compilation of various media.
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Flipping The Library Classroom for Information Literacy - Connect Learning Today

Flipping The Library Classroom for Information Literacy - Connect Learning Today | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Like many Teaching Librarians across the country, the librarian position in my school had been reduced to part-time before I came to the school.

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Some very interesting ideas here- what to do when short on face-to-face teaching time and still have an impact on student learning.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, September 1, 2013 2:08 PM

flipped learning for librarians as well as teachers. A great idea!

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The Quiet Revolution at Your Local Library

The Quiet Revolution at Your Local Library | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
The future of the book has been widely discussed in the last decade, as has that great democratic institution, the library. Both have been challenged by technological advances and societal change t...
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For those with less time to stop and read (like me!) the audio book is wonderful. Our students can download the BorrowBox app and borrow from our growing collection.

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