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Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles": Inspiring: Informative: Ideas

http://www.healthandsuperfoods.com/ Carolyn Porco: flies us to Saturn: TED Talk: Inspiring: Informative: Ideas As web companies strive to tailor their servic...
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Understanding what is really happening on the Internet with filtering.

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
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The importance of raising literate children cannot be undervalued. Brilliant piece from Neil Gaiman.

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(Digital) Information Literacy - Top 10 Tips for Parents and Teachers

(Digital) Information Literacy - Top 10 Tips for Parents and Teachers | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Explain that not everything on the internet is true Ask your child/student to compare information from different sites when doing research. Some sites may be biased or have a political agenda Trust...

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Larissa Bonthorne's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:18 PM

This information is important to tell students, when searching Safari on the iPads for information.

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Curate or Be Curated: The Coming Age of the Curation Economy

Curate or Be Curated: The Coming Age of the Curation Economy | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
The cure for information overload is coherent curation -- data-driven discovery managed by skilled, thoughtful, and in some cases expert curators.
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Librarians are making the connections.

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Reimagining Learning Spaces

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Online material supporting the Reimagining Learning Spaces report for Children and Youth Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology.

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Finding time to build influence | Bright Ideas

Finding time to build influence | Bright Ideas | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

In the final post in her series on advocacy in libraries, Catherine Hainstock discusses the eternal question - how do we find time to build influence?

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When limited for time, we need to make choices about the things to let go of,  in order to focus on more significant aspects of libraries and learning.

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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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Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic

Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
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Specific searching skills need to be taught. We cannot assume students understand what to do because they are "digital natives".

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The Best Dystopian Novels About Banned Books

The Best Dystopian Novels About Banned Books | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
Happy Banned Books Week! This annual awareness campaign has been around since 1982, but decades before its inception, authors were publishing their own commentaries on censorship--often in the books that were themselves banned.
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Twitter - The Musical

Twitter The Musical! Don't forget to share on Twitter! :) Subscribe for more: http://bit.ly/SubscribeAVbyte Twitter oh Twitter, we just can't live without yo...
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Snow White eat your heart out...

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Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google

Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it
The ubiquity and ease of Google searches could make kids' minds go soft without the ability to critique or contextualize the answers.
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Personally Significant Learning - Erica McWilliam -

Personally Significant Learning - Erica McWilliam - | Librarians in the real world | Scoop.it

Why our kids need a powerful disposition to be self-managing learners when they finish their schooling, why they are unlikely to have it, and what we can do about it.

 

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An excellent piece  about why learning must matter for students, in order to be authentic. 

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, October 13, 2013 7:21 PM

An excellent piece  about why learning must matter for students, in order to be authentic. 

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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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