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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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Curation: The Next Big C - Google Drive

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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 3:59 AM

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

San Francisco Times-Star™ 's curator insight, September 30, 2013 2:15 PM

"Another Brick In The Wall" - Pink Flloyd

San Francisco Times-Star™ 's curator insight, November 17, 2013 12:12 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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Awesome Graphic on the 27 Things Teacher Librarians Do ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Graphic on the 27 Things Teacher Librarians Do ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
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IFLA Trend Report

IFLA Trend Report | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year’s consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment. The IFLA Trend Report is more than a single document – it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society.


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Essential reading for those who believe in the value of libraries.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:12 AM
The IFLA Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem. Download the Insights Document which serves as the conversation starter for the library community.
Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:21 PM

New technologies, online education, privacy & data protection, hyper-connected societies, global information - same trends, more accelerated?

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The future of libraries

The future of libraries | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
"You have no idea how eager I am to ensure that the notion of 'library' does not disappear – it’s too important." - Vint Cerf, 2013 Vint Cerf is considered a founding ...
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Library as a changing concept is driving innovation. Still spaces to innovate, learn and create.
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Libraries use novel approach to ensure digital future - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Libraries use novel approach to ensure digital future - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

In this digital age you could be forgiven for thinking libraries will soon become a thing of the past. Different formats are being introduced in libraries everywhere.

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Content in different formats is being introduced in libraries everywhere. We need to be format agnostic in this new and exciting time for libraries. 

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12 Best Fictional Libraries :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Culture :: Paste

12 Best Fictional Libraries :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Culture :: Paste | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
While there are certainly some impressive real-life libraries, there are also some incredible and iconic fictional ones.
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Maybe not always in the real world.....

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RADCAB - Steps for Online Information Evaluation

RADCAB - Steps for Online Information Evaluation | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

Via John Dalziel, Anthony Beal
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Great acronym for website evaluation. It's important students understand that all that glitters is not gold.

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Anthony Beal's curator insight, July 30, 2013 6:01 AM

Includes the -  RADCAB Rubric - Information (Self) Evaluation Assessment Tool

Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 1, 2013 4:52 PM

Good mnemonic for helping students evaluate websites.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 8, 2013 6:07 AM

A good approach for online information evaluation.

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Overview | Teaching Copyright

Overview | Teaching Copyright | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

Educating students about copyright and fair use.

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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 11:08 AM

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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School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning

School libraries have the potential to be a vibrant hub for learning, information, reading promotion, creativity, student leadership and social interaction within their school community. From an equity perspective, the school library is one of few places in a school open to all students, teachers and parents. In addition to providing a congenial learning environment and ‘safe haven’, the school library often offers a venue for extra-curricular activities, as well as school community events and meetings.


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Karen Cuthbert's comment, September 1, 2013 5:33 PM
Thanks Karen, I agree
Esther Casey's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:59 AM

Great to see this research being done closer to home and showing again the value of school libraries as a central hub of the school.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 2, 2013 9:05 AM

A good article on the economic value of school libraries in Australia

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Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads – Get Reading!

Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads – Get Reading! | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Check out the Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads book list on Get Reading!
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School Libraries and The Digital Backpack | LEADING and LEARNING

School librarians are uniquely positioned to collaborate with teachers to infuse technology to support learning, assessment and curriculum within a collaborative learning environment. Teacher-librarians are connected to current research and can assist with best-practice in effective technology implementation.


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Inspiration behind author school visits

Inspiration behind author school visits | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

Book Week is a time when many children's book authors abandon their desks to mingle with their young readers in schools. This can be both inspiring and exhausting.

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Author visits facilitate a real connection between the hard slog of writing and the joy of the finished product, reflected in the faces of children.

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Are Bookless Libraries A Good Thing?

Are Bookless Libraries A Good Thing? | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

Later this year an all-digital library will open in Bexar County, Texas. It will have 100 e-readers available for lending and an e-book collection of over 10,000 titles. Staff will also teach basic computer skills.... And it's a reflection of how poor a job libraries do promoting themselves that everyone thinks it's easier to leech off Apple's popularity than actually explain what libraries do and are. I

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This will be a scary concept for many librarians. Don't mention the war!

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The story of the library with a garden

The story of the library with a garden | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Two architects in their 20s have beaten a field of experienced international rivals to design a major new public space in Sydney. Their design has a "community living room" theme.
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