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From libraries to laundromats: Ingenious community partnerships promote literacy - EdSource Today

From libraries to laundromats: Ingenious community partnerships promote literacy - EdSource Today | Libraries | Scoop.it

Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats.

“There’s a lot of books here, really good books,” said 9-year-old Melanie Garcia-Macias, who sat with her back to a big red bookshelf at the end of a long line of washing machines at the Clean Express Coin Laundry in Richmond one recent Wednesday. A copy of “The Night Before Christmas” was splayed open on her lap.

“You can take one home, but you have to bring one back or bring one from your home to replace it,” she said. “I think it’s a pretty good plan.”

The plan – giving students free access to engaging titles while their parents fluff and fold – is just one of the ingenious ways communities are opening doors to literacy through the nationalCampaign for Grade Level Reading, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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In other communities, the campaign has had a more direct impact.

In Fresno, for example, the head of the public housing authority was so swayed by what he heard about the importance of reading on grade level by third grade that he formed a partnership with First 5 Fresno to bring Americorps volunteers into the housing developments and work with parents and young children on pre-literacy activities like reading together and creating artwork.

Stockton librarian Suzy Daveluy said she knew children in her city were struggling with reading, based on the number of help requests she got from parents. But she didn’t realize how bad the literacy crisis had become until she met with national campaign leaders.

“What I can credit the campaign with is opening my eyes up to some of the realities that our children are facing,” Daveluy said.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, August 6, 2013 3:29 AM

Projects to address issues in the community > definitely a place for libraries to get heavily infested in!

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Born from Books: Six Authors on Their Childhood Reading - The Millions

Born from Books: Six Authors on Their Childhood Reading - The Millions | Libraries | Scoop.it
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Born from Books: Six Authors on Their Childhood Reading
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Books are our first, and sometimes best, teachers. I inherited the books of my older brothers.
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21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity

21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity | Libraries | Scoop.it
Kickstart that school year.

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Pics and video from my #MakeyMakey session at @RamazSchool's #ScratchDay. #MakerEd #STEAM @Scratch 

Pics and video from my #MakeyMakey session at @RamazSchool's #ScratchDay. #MakerEd #STEAM @Scratch  | Libraries | Scoop.it

"I had tons of fun introducing a roomful of kids and parents to MakeyMakey and Scratch at today’s Scratch Day, another great event organized by Michael Tempel of Logo Foundation. This edition was hosted by The Ramaz School, and I willingly woke up early on a Sunday and carried two tote bags full of materials to the Upper East Side to lead a session entitled, Cardboard Jam Band with MakeyMakey and Scratch.

 

The description from the program is below:   

 

Makey Makey is an invention kit that allows you to use every-day objects and materials, such as aluminum foil, play dough and bananas, to interact with your Scratch projects. Let’s construct cardboard shapes, add conductive elements, connect them to MakeyMakey, and program different instruments, sounds, and notes using Scratch to play music and form a band!


Suitable for people of all ages; no prior Scratch experience is needed."


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If you want your child to bring home better grades, stop yelling and try this

If you want your child to bring home better grades, stop yelling and try this | Libraries | Scoop.it
Right now, teachers across Australia are busy writing up end-of-year report cards for nearly 4 million school students. But what should you do if your child brings home a report you're not happy with?
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Tolkien's annotated map of Middle-earth discovered inside copy of Lord of the Rings

Tolkien's annotated map of Middle-earth discovered inside copy of Lord of the Rings | Libraries | Scoop.it
Map goes on sale in Oxford for £60,000 after being found at Blackwell’s Rare Books inside novel belonging to illustrator Pauline Baynes
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ALIA’s highest honours recognise top children’s author, senior library leader and early career law librarian | Australian Library and Information Association

Wednesday 12 August 2015 Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association will present prestigious awards to a senior library leader, early career law librarian and celebrated children’s author, to honour their contribution to the library and information sector. The 2015 ALIA Excellence Award winners are: Author Jackie French  Jackie will receive the Redmond Barry Award in acknowledgement of her outstanding contribution to libraries.  The Redmond Barry Award is the Association's highest honour for advocates from outside the library profession. Past award recipients include the Hon Bruce Chamberlain AM (2007), the Hon Barry Jones AO (1996), the Hon Gough Whitlam AC QC (1994).  Jackie is an outstanding supporter of libraries as an author and in her current position of Children’s Laureate[1]. She is famous for saying that a book can change a child’s life and a book can change the world.  The award is named after Sir Redmond Barry, 1813 – 1880, who is regarded as the founder of the State Library of Victoria. Dr. Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive  Alex will receive the HCL Anderson Award in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to the library and information profession, as a University Librarian, State Librarian and in his role as President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.   The HCL Anderson Award is the Association's highest honour that can be bestowed on an Associate Member of ALIA. The award commemorates HCL Anderson, principal librarian of the Free Public Library of New South Wales from 1893 to 1906. Holger Aman, Librarian, NSW Law Courts   Holger will receive the Metcalfe Award in acknowledgement of his contribution to the profession. The Metcalfe Award recognises high achievement by an ALIA Personal Member in their first five years of practice in libraries and information services.  Holger has been extremely active in ALIA from the early days of his career. He has served on committees, presented at conferences, written articles and contributed to the social media presence of the Association.  Holger was on the organising committee for the New Librarians’ Symposium (NLS7), working on the programme and sponsorship subcommittees.  Holger is a reference librarian at the NSW Law Courts Library, where he has acted in the role of Manager, volunteers to be on project teams and committees, and assists with supervising student placement programmes.  The award commemorates John Metcalfe, former New South Wales State Librarian, who established the Australian Institute of Librarians and was instrumental in the establishment of library education in Australia.  The recipients will be presented with their awards at a reception at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday 18 November by ALIA’s Vice-President, Patricia Genat. About the Australian Library and Information Association The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au Contact:  Heather Wellard, Communications Manager:  heather.wellard@alia.org.au | 02 6215 8225 | 0409 830 439    ENDS [1] Read more about the Australian Children’s Laureate: http://www.childrenslaureate.org.au/      
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6 scientific tips to improve your writing - Futurity

6 scientific tips to improve your writing - Futurity | Libraries | Scoop.it
A new book uses insights into the reading brain to give writers clear-cut, science-based guidelines—and to debunk some classic writing advice.
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Starting a makerspace with (virtually) no budget

Starting a makerspace with (virtually) no budget | Libraries | Scoop.it
Free or Nearly Free Stuff 3D design tools Animation App inventing  and  and Apps Augmented Reality: Guiness Book of Records 2014 Aurasma and Apositive - augmented reality apps and Balloon powered c...
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Free Images - Skitterphoto

Free Images - Skitterphoto | Libraries | Scoop.it
Download CC0 photos for free. Looking for a unique, high quality picture for your web site, blog or magazine? Download these free license photos and use them however you want, even commercially.

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Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer @wfryer

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These are project options and ideas for students working in our "Maker Studio." In STEM class students alternate working in the Maker Studio and learning in our STEM "Learning Lab." Maker Studio projects are also available for students in our after-school Maker's Club. 

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 26, 2015 3:18 AM

Great project ideas!

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Tons of #STEM #Resources for all grades.  #Classroom #STEAM

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Website: MakerSpace

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In the Children's Room: 25 Days of Art: Building Squares #makered

In the Children's Room: 25 Days of Art: Building Squares #makered | Libraries | Scoop.it

"I am obsessed with this project. My roommate came home a few months ago after studying at the National Art Gallery with these little pentagons of pressed board with notches cut into them. ...

 

 I immediately decided that we would have to do this at the library and then almost as immediately forgot all about it. 

 

Until I saw a Pinterest post in which a mom cut narrow triangles in chipboard squares and let her kids spend hours just experimenting with the types of structures they could build.``


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Making the most of Bloom's Taxonomy

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Sadly when most educators think of Bloom’s they think of just the single domain, the Cognitive, that rules so much of what we do in education. Had we focused on all three domains equally we may have better understood the part we do use and be much closer to a holistic view of education where the ‘Affective’ and ‘Psychomotor’ domains are viewed as equals to the cognitive. It is a shame that partly due to our obsession with Bloom’s we ignore the important aspects of our student’s feelings (hearts) and their doings (hands) despite these clearly playing a part in the taxonomy.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 14, 2015 12:35 AM

Some food for thought.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, September 14, 2015 6:52 AM

Sounds good in theory.

Jim Barentine's curator insight, September 15, 2015 1:32 AM

So important to work in the upper tiers with students!

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Will Libraries Outlive Books?: A Future Tense Event Recap - Slate Magazine (blog)

Will Libraries Outlive Books?: A Future Tense Event Recap - Slate Magazine (blog) | Libraries | Scoop.it
A prophecy: By the year 2100, libraries will be both highly distributed and deeply connected, sharing a single collection as they work to meet the emerging

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How to record screencasts with recordMyDesktop

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Step-by-step directions for how to create screencast videos in Linux with tools for recording and editing including recordMyDesktop and Pitivi.

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Screencasting tutorial for Linux OS users.

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Makerology - Krissy Venosdale @Venspired

Makerology  - Krissy Venosdale @Venspired | Libraries | Scoop.it
I’ve always been obsessed with all things creative.  I’ve always assumed I was just a Sharpie collecting, cardboard building, Lego designing girl who never grew up.  What was this relentless urge to create?  It’s really been about being a maker, all along. The Maker Movement is making it’s way into education and these are my favorite resources.  Join the conversation about making on Twitter by adding the hashtag #MakerEd, or the new hashtag just for resources for youngest learners, #Elemaker.  You can also add your name to a growing list of educators looking to collaborate!

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Latest library news from Australia, New Zealand and around the world

Latest library news from Australia, New Zealand and around the world | Libraries | Scoop.it
Books+Publishing
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Out with vampires, in with haunted houses: the ghost story is back

Out with vampires, in with haunted houses: the ghost story is back | Libraries | Scoop.it
Literary stars from Gillian Flynn to David Mitchell are joining the ranks of haunting bestsellers
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Baby boomer retirement creates LIS job opportunities | Australian Library and Information Association

New ALIA report on LIS education, skills and employment 21 August 2015 Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) said there is a positive outlook on job prospects for library and information professionals over the next five years, but the labour market will remain tight. This is one of the conclusions of the ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report 2015. Sue McKerracher, ALIA Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘This report gives us useful insights about education and students, as well as the underlying employment trends in the Library and Information Science (LIS) industry. This is helpful guidance for our association and provides our members with valuable insights.’ ‘While many in our sector worry about employment prospects, we have seen an interesting trend. Over a five year period, as reported in 2013, we found the number of librarian positions dropped by 23%, yet the unemployment level for librarians was below the average for other occupations.’ ‘While the job market remains tight, we believe the reason has something to do with the number of baby boomers retiring which is providing job opportunities for the next generation.’ Over the same period, there was a four percent drop in library technician positions and a nine percent increase in library assistant positions. Ms McKerracher said: ‘This adds credence to anecdotal evidence that more employers are recruiting candidates without LIS qualifications to provide frontline services. Our aim is the encourage non-LIS professionals employed in the sector to study for LIS qualifications or at least gain a better understanding of the library environment by joining ALIA’s proficiency recognition program.’ On the education front, educators are in a challenging period and this situation isn’t restricted to the LIS sector. Ms McKerracher said: ‘Smaller budgets, less administrative assistance, higher teaching loads and the pressure to maintain research outputs mean that educators have less time to take stock. In this environment, it’s more important that practitioners and employers provide feedback and support to educators that ensure that course content remains current and graduates have the skills to work at the cutting edge of library services.’ ALIA analysis of the report data concluded: Library and information science is an occupation with a relatively small, highly qualified workforce. Fewer than 30,000 out of 11.5 million, or 0.2% of the Australian labour force. This is reflected in its equally small education footprint (0.2% of VET students and 0.1% of higher education students). Although the LIS workforce is small, the sector has significant reach and profile because millions of Australians use library services. More than 10 million Australians are registered public library users[1] and still more use university, VET, special and school libraries, although there will be some duplication. The job market will remain tight, with as many as 1800 professionals graduating each year and seeking employment.  While many of these graduates will already be employed in the sector, others will be new entrants. LIS courses have been particularly vulnerable to changes in the TAFE system at a state and territory level, which have seen pressure on individual courses and substantial increases in student fees. In 2015, there were 24 institutions delivering 33 ALIA accredited courses around Australia. In addition, there were VET (Vocational Education and Training) providers offering Certificates II, III and IV in library and information studies. This represented a significant decline (23% and 37% respectively) since 2009, when there were 31 institutions and 52 courses. Librarians, Technicians and Library Assistants had significantly higher education attainment compared with people employed in all occupations in Australia. For example, some 60% of Librarians had a Post Graduate or Graduate Diploma or a Graduate Certificate, compared with 9% for all occupations. The essential role of education underpinning participation in the sector remained strong, with 69% of workers having Librarian or Technician qualifications. As well as library and information service delivery positions, there were also approximately 1,000 jobs working for the Australian vendors who supply library and information related products.  Ms McKerracher concluded: ‘The core skills, knowledge and attributes required by library and information professionals are evolving and it is important that educators, employers, students, professionals and ALIA work together to ensure people working in the sector are equipped to deliver quality services.’ Read the previous edition of the report – 2014. About the Australian Library and Information Association The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au For further information: Heather Wellard, Communications Manager:  heather.wellard@alia.org.au | 02 6215 8225 | 0409 830 439| heather.wellard@alia.org.au  ENDS [1] Source: National and State Libraries Australasia  
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A Global Competition for Innovative Solutions to Advance Reading and Literacy

A Global Competition for Innovative Solutions to Advance Reading and Literacy | Libraries | Scoop.it
A Global Competition for Innovative Solutions to Advance Reading and Literacy

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 2015 5:37 AM

Well worth investigating.

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Coverr - Beautiful, free videos for your homepage

Coverr - Beautiful, free videos for your homepage | Libraries | Scoop.it
Beautiful, free videos for your homepage background

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Questions to Think about in Maker Spaces - FRee Poster Download - Mindful Maker Questions

Questions to Think about in Maker Spaces - FRee Poster Download - Mindful Maker Questions | Libraries | Scoop.it

"This project supported in part by a Remake Learning Fellowship from The Sprout Fund. Credit: Leanne Bowler, University of Pittsburgh"


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Logistics of a Makerspace: Scheduling - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

Logistics of a Makerspace: Scheduling - Renovated Learning  @DianaLRendina | Libraries | Scoop.it

"During my poster session at ISTE, I must have been asked dozens of times: “When do students use your Makerspace?  How do you organize scheduling?”

I am in a magnet middle school on a flexible schedule.  I have an extremely supportive administration and staff and an enthusiastic student body that’s eager to learn.  I realize that these circumstances won’t apply to everyone and that I’m very lucky to be in the place that I’m in.

That being said, here’s how and when students at Stewart Middle Magnet use our Makerspace:"


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Learning About Young Makers - User Generated Education @Jackie Gerstein

Learning About Young Makers - User Generated Education @Jackie Gerstein | Libraries | Scoop.it
I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups. Given the spontaneity and uncertainty of these types of active learning environments, I believe educators should observe, reflect on, and analyze how learners interact with the materials, the content, the educator, and the other learners. This practice is in line with the teacher as ethnographer.

In my role as a teacher as ethnographer, I made some initial observations during my first two weeks of teaching maker education for elementary age students. With half the kids under 7, I learned a bunch about young makers.

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H.March's curator insight, June 22, 2015 11:25 AM

“I can’t do this.” is often a sign or signal of frustration and should not be brushed off by parents/teachers. Kids need to be in an environment that allows them to persevere and work at the problem  even multiple times, until they themselves find the solution.  The lesson they will learn is that effort will often produce positive results. 

Norton Gusky's curator insight, September 18, 2015 8:04 AM

Wonderful insights that all educators need to understand. 

Angela K. Adams's curator insight, October 21, 2015 8:22 PM

Teacher issues - I chose this resource because I feel that more teachers need to incorporate hands on learning in their lessons and spend more time observing how their students learn.  I hope this resource would encourage more teachers to allow their students to be more involved in their learning. 

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Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch - Edutopia @gravescolleen

Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch - Edutopia @gravescolleen | Libraries | Scoop.it
Successfully launching a school makerspace includes community buy-in, generating a student buzz, finding cheap or free resources, and building maker activities into the curriculum.

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John Evans's curator insight, September 8, 2015 1:45 PM

Previous link didn't seem to work. This one should.

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Go online to learn how to bring makerspaces and the making culture to your school or library.  Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces