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Libraries support learning - across the education spectrum- Makerspaces help achieve this
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The library service at Raroa intermediate serves its students better than ever through online services. Clare has linked the library to the students through ...
Be inspired by this fantastic 5 minute video showcasing Raroa Intermediate School Library where Clare has made the library's services available everywhere all the time by providing web access to the catalogue, a great blog and much more.
Nice one Clare. I am looking into different ways to promote our library on our school website so enjoyed your schools site and enthusiastic learners. Food for thought - just need some time to action. Cheers
Through the use of innovative technologies and online resources, school libraries can now be available to students wherever—and whenever—they need them.
“Who do you look up to as a leader, and why?” Senga shares: It compelled me to really think about the attributes of a great leader and clarified my thinking around why certain names came to mind first. My own personal list of people I look to in my professional life for inspiration, superb ideas and sound reasoning is extensive, but I thought I would share just a few who have been consistently influential.
A liderança nas bibliotecas - um estudo na Nova Zelândia
A great list of leaders in school librarianship by Senga
Leadership and Libraries
Welcome to the Digital Literacies Toolkit. This interactive learning tool was designed and developed by eLanguages in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton with support from the university Student Centredness Fund. The purpose of this set of learning resources is to help students:
- Explore the educational uses of Web 2.0 tools and services;- Familiarise themselves with a range of useful applications for study-related purposes;- Highlight good practice in the use of social software and the internet, in general.
Designed for tertiary students but also useful as a model to use for secondary students. Student voice is woven into the toolkit.
Also includes tools for mangling your online presence and using other's digital content responsibly
We could write volumes about our love for libraries — and, well, we kind of have. During our Internet travels, we've stumbled across some pretty amazing places for book lovers. After spotting an es...
Inspirational images of libraries that emphasize imagination, fun, and wonder. The creativity we are trying to inspire and nurture in our students should be reflected in the library design.
Bring a little fun into the world...just need to find room in the budget to do it!
If, like me, you are involved in revisioning your library spaces - you could do worse than browse here for quirky, imaginative inspiration - with thanks to the scoopers who came before!
Interesting and compelling reading from a leading light in Effective school library practice about how we make digital content available for students and lots more. Have a read
Learn how to find, process, analyze and visualize data
This is a cool looking tool for School librarians and other educators!!!
great for preparing data and analyzing it.
Preview and download the course Creating & Sharing Open Educational Resources on iTunes U.
"nonlinear collection of Multi-Touch resource books are designed to support educators who are authoring content and/or guiding learners who are authoring content for publication. These Multi-Touch books will raise awareness about digital citizenship, copyright, and plagiarism. This foundation will help participants explore the expanding collection of open educational resources (OER), learn and apply various digital licenses, and apply appropriate citation practices. Finally, participants will learn ways to protect their own work and demonstrate ways to curate their own collection of OERs. This course is designed as a collection of resources to help the teacher/student navigate through open educational resources."
Inspiring, beautiful, functional school buildings. Because schools should be places where dreams come true.
Thanks to Mark Osborne at Core for sharing these fantastic images of learning environments around the world-
Why we need Digital Citizenship learning in our schools!
Great article. Lots of links as well.
Super resource told like it is in the schoolhouse.
Student achievement suffers without full time school librarians. The graphic clearly shows the impact of a full time school librarian on literacy outcomes
How could library services support a personalised learning programme like this one? How could library services adopt some of this thinking even in a more traditionally structured learning environment? Great reading in any case.
Illustration by Eva Vázquez In SLJ‘s recent “Common Core and the Public Librarian” one-hour live webcast, Olga Nesi, regional coordinator for the New York City Department of Education, Division of Library Services, and Nina Lindsay, the children’s...
The best days of librarianship are ahead of us. However, to get there the field must step back, refocus, and reexamine our core principles.
Today, Teacher Librarian magazine published an article by Deb Kachel and me. The article presents the find
The latest research project conducted by Keith Curry Lance and associates in Pennsylvania which examines school administrators' perceptions of school libraries and student test scores. One of the reports recommendations highlights the need for more TL practitioners to work at building local evidence to strengthen the research base, as the authors conclude: "We also need more local action research studies—otherwise known as self-assessments—by school librarians themselves. Many school librarians do not feel they have time to conduct self-assessments in the form of local, evidence-based studies of their practice. Yet this needs to be an integral part of the research. If we wish to see the kind of change in the public education policy that will establish firmly the future of school libraries and librarians, local decision-makers—administrators, school board members, and even parents—must be made aware not only of what we know from large-scale studies but also of evidence of ways in which their own experience of school libraries and librarians matters. Only then will they internalize a deep understanding of the contributions that school library programs make and begin to make decisions consistent with a
personal commitment to them."I could not agree more with this recommendation. Since 2010, Dr Ross Todd and I have been working together to help build the capacity of Australia's TL profession as evidence-based practitioners. This is a slow movement, but we are starting to see some excellent practice-based research being published in journals such as Scan and Access, and being presented at conferences. We are slowly building this evidence, but we need this movement to extend beyond those leading lights in the profession. Only then will we be in a position to demonstrate to education systems, governments and the wider community of school libraries impact on student achievement. Please join our EBP Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EBPforSL/ for more information.
At one time not so long ago, literacy was defined as the ability to read and write and the school library was a place where students came to check our books to read or to find information in reference books.
Building a new library allows an opportunity to completely rethink the concept of what a library is.
A good explanation of the changing nature of the library as a place of interactive learning.
Just what I was trying to tell someone the other day. She said, "my students don't like to read novels, but I suppose I should take the kids to the library." To which I replied, "But they like to use the Internet to find things; wouldn't you like for them to do a better job of finding things?"
I like Information Coach --
Libraries as modern learning environments with lots of great examples from NZ in the post and in the comments!
Libraries have the potential to significantly enhance the development of life-long learners through excellent provision of expertise, resources and spaces. There are some great NZ examples referred to in this post.
There are challenges for school libraries in balancing these spaces, particularly collection space. Once the overriding priority, have we gone too far in rationalising physical collection space and thus risked devaluing what is part of a library's unique value? Of course making virtual collections visible in our space is also important.
A 'now' library!
A great selection of virtual tours ! Google art project, Smithsonian museum, World wonders project and more!!
Another way to engage student directed inquiries. Bring the world into the school virtual learning commons.
Carolyn Knight, Teacher in the Library and colleagues at Amesbury School, a new Year 1-6 school in Churton Park, Wellington talk about how their school libra...
Our latest Excellence in Practice Video - Amesbury School - a wonderful new school in Wellington New Zealand. The leadership team at this school made a priority of creating a library that is a fantastic modern learning environment, staffed by highly qualified educators and totally integrated into their new school
Preview and download the podcast A Guide to Digital Research on iTunes. Read episode descriptions and customer reviews.
"focuses on supporting the digital research needs of students and teachers. The collection of assets will explore the steps from task to finished product. Students will learn digital citizenship and etiquette while they develop information literacy skills."
School librarian Liz Christensen talks about how the role school library has been a critical success factor in supporting literacy development at Ohaeawai Sc...
Watch this short video to learn how one rural primary school is Creating Readers through its amazing library service and the Reading Together (TM) programme
Fantastic library services coupled with the Reading Together (TM) programme get fabulous results for student literacy in rural northland
Young People identify the school library as an important, unique and valued area within the school. They ask that the BSF Programme look at what the library was for and how it was used.
They want the role of the library to be extended and promoted as a place to relax as well as learn. School libraries are particularly valued as quiet, calm spaces, encouraging and supporting informal learning and learner-directed research.
What are your students' priorities for learning environments? what can your library enhance or change to better respond to student needs? How are you measuring and documenting the effectiveness of your services on student outcomes?
Using NZ primary sources with your students-- Check out this latest Primary source gallery