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Ebook Usage in US School Libraries (K-12) Report


Via L2_S2S, Karen Bonanno, Petra Pollum
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Looking for trends? Comparing usage for ebooks?  This is a good reference.

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FYIs for education, advocacy and awareness of issues relevant for school and public libraries.
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5 Proven Ways to Be Persuasive With Presentations

5 Proven Ways to Be Persuasive With Presentations | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

Via José Carlos
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I like the way this is written, divided and supported with examples to make this an easily reviewed article for planning purposes.

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José Carlos's curator insight, July 22, 4:10 PM

Take it from TED Talks: The most successful presentations are about 65% stories and 25% figures, with the remainder an explanation of your credibility.

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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New — Life Learning

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New - Life Learning - Medium
There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career.

Via Chris Carter
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A great jumping-off point for expanding knowledge in many areas

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 13, 11:32 AM

Some great resources here for DIY professional development. 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, August 14, 10:51 AM

Nice list :)

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Fairy Tale Retelling Masterpost: PART 2

Fairy Tale Retelling Masterpost: PART 2 | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Find Part 1 (Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Red Riding Hood) HERE. Cinderella One of the most popular fairy tale of all time. Of course it would be: who doesn't love a rag...
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More to adore, and a part three on its way!

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Office 365 enterprise users can now broadcast to 10,000 people at once via Skype for Business

Office 365 enterprise users can now broadcast to 10,000 people at once via Skype for Business | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Microsoft announced the availability of three technical previews today that form a part of Skype for Business, one of which allows for mass video calling across the Web. Although you’ll…

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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An FYI possibility for meetings and trainings.....

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Piracy on the High Sees: The Devaluation of Content

Piracy on the High Sees: The Devaluation of Content | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Let me open with the fact that when it comes to content (audio, video, games, photographs), I am extremely ANTI-PIRACY and I’ll debate it with anyone who wants to take up the argument that content should be free. And... if you think the title of this article has a typo, you are wrong. You see, I am in the film distribution business, and I am going to steer this rambling toward 1) film and 2) until you see my point. I want to 'sees' the moment. OK... OK... seize it. I'll stop with the bad puns as
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A head-on approach, explaining  from a different perspective....

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Guiding the Development of Information Literacy Skills

Guiding the Development of Information Literacy Skills | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

Technology tools have given us instant access to information from around the globe. We are constantly receiving information of one kind or another, from digital resources, print media, and personal contacts.

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A good synopsis of techniques for teaching/sharing/developing information literacy skills.  Find the one that best suits your style or situation for collaboration.

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library song ning_x264

library song ning_x264 | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

A teacher/librarian video created with students as an intro to research strategies. 

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Created to add interest to research strategies...

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The Adventures of Library Girl: An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian)

The Adventures of Library Girl: An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian) | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
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An impressive outline for finding the right person to fill a school library position.

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Not Your Mother's Library

Not Your Mother's Library | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
How Columbus, Ohio, is building community spaces for the 21st century
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A little bit of something for everyone!

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8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun

8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

I encourage you to check out your local library and see what they're up to. I think you'll be impressed -- and more than a little surprised -- by what they're doing.

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A multitude of approaches to bringing families together in your friendly neighborhood library!!!!

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Forget Online, Think Blended

Forget Online, Think Blended | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Instead of chasing online learning K12 should concentrate on blended learning.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Elizabeth E Charles
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A little clarification to share

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 4, 9:21 AM

Librarians, you can think of using a blended model for some of the professional development you offer.  Possibly you begin a workshop with some face to face time.  Then move online to continue your conversation through Edmodo, a blog, a Facebook page, etc.  Later, you can consider meeting again face to face to showcase the learning.

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How Cool is Voki?! Create Fun Talking Avatars for Classroom Use — Emerging Education Technologies

How Cool is Voki?! Create Fun Talking Avatars for Classroom Use — Emerging Education Technologies | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
I introduced Voki to EmergingEdTech readers back in 2011, and its overdue for another mention! This is a such a fun tool. Guest writer James Thompson offers a handful of approaches to using this unique application in teaching and learning.

Via Leona Ungerer
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Worth knowing about, and offering in conjunction with your other search options....

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Stephanie Brocklehurst's curator insight, April 29, 9:55 PM

Voki, a digital pedagogy tool is essential in contemporary classrooms today. It enables students to become creative individuals whilst examining, analysing and implementing critical information.

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We Learn Through Stories

Slides to support a workshop at the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston, MA. 15 July 2015. How can we make learning sticky using powerful storyt…

Via José Carlos
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NIce package with great links for adding to your own teaching and learning opportunities.

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Elizabeth Hartley's curator insight, August 4, 4:39 PM

#Stories #Learning #Education #SkillsGap

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 15, 3:53 PM

#Storytelling #STEM #STEAM #Learning

Hanne Alsen's curator insight, August 17, 5:52 AM

Make it personal - tell your story - make it matter

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Preschools gearing up for second class of On My Way students - Chicago Tribune

Preschools gearing up for second class of On My Way students - Chicago Tribune | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it


As the 2015-16 school year beckons, three times as many 4-year-olds in Lake County will get the opportunity to attend high-quality preschool programs this fall through the state's On My Way Pre-K pilot program.
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Good news!  Grants are available to help everyone attend!

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The Fairy Tale Retelling Masterpost: PART 1

The Fairy Tale Retelling Masterpost: PART 1 | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
I've always been a great fan of fairy tales, whether it be in told through books or Disney movies or comics.  These stories have always been ubiquitous, inspiring generations of writers time and ag...
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For comparing and sharing! with more to come (yay!)

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24 Quick Daily Habits You Can Use to Be Smarter

24 Quick Daily Habits You Can Use to Be Smarter | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Would like to be better, faster, stronger, and all that good stuff? As you might expect, the road to self-improvement isn't short, and it isn't easy. It all starts with forming good habits, habits that you can carry with you through each day of your life. Once you do them enough, they'll become second nature,…

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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A little advice for self-improvement.

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, June 30, 10:19 AM

The time to do nothing sounds very good. Which of these appeals to you?

maria papanikou's curator insight, July 1, 5:20 AM

The way to a better Self!

Larry Heuser's curator insight, July 2, 2:12 PM

Some obvious and not so obvious reminders.

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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”
Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Brilliant!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 16, 5:50 PM

Every librarian needs to read this blog post - it is the soul-searing affirmation of why we do what we do. Because there is no nobler profession than that of the person who makes sure everyone has access to stories...

Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 16, 9:50 PM

'Must read' article on the underestimated power of story to transcend and transform lives. (Includes 'soundcloud' of Neil Gaiman's lecture, with  transcript highlights).

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 24, 11:20 AM

Good article. It is possible to have management actions delivered to last?

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How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
The How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic presents the key areas in which the built environment can influence student progress.
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Some help for class work strategies.

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Students stand to lose much more than books with school library cuts

Students stand to lose much more than books with school library cuts | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

With spring has come the return of an all-too-familiar ritual: the tightening of a fiscal belt triggering the downward swing of an axe into our school libraries.


Via Karen Bonanno
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Helping to explain what we do....

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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 7, 12:16 PM

My heart hurts to think that America is getting rid of their school libraries and school librarians. 

Tricia Adams's curator insight, June 11, 12:42 PM

Too true!!

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37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading

37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”


― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons


These are powerful words, and they speak to the power of reading to open doors to empathy, adventure, and learning. A love of reading doesn't happen automatically though. It needs to be nurtured and guided until it flourishes into a well-read, well-rounded human being.


That's why we put together a presentation of some of our favorite ways to help kids learn to love reading, gathered from the contributions of Edutopia's educators and parents.


Via Peter Mellow, Dean J. Fusto
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Here are some old ideas to remember and some new ones to try.

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Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 28, 11:26 AM

Encourage children to love to read!

Anita Vance's curator insight, May 31, 4:36 PM

Lots of ideas - some old ones to remember and new ones to tryll

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Six Ways To Avoid Death By PowerPoint

Six Ways To Avoid Death By PowerPoint | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
PowerPoint presentations are overused, and too often, boring. Here are six ideas for how to deliver a fantastic presentation without ever putting up a slide.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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a little reminder to change up your presentations and ways to share info

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17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian

17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
"I couldn't ask for a better role model or teacher."
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When you need a hug ;0)

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6 Ways Bing is the Opposite of Google | Search Engine Journal

6 Ways Bing is the Opposite of Google | Search Engine Journal | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Let’s take a look at what sets Google and Bing apart and how to navigate those tricky situations as an SEO professional.
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A valuable comparison for understanding search algorithms and navigation differences for these two.

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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

Teaching With Web-Based Resources | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Web-based teaching starts with identifying and vetting your resources, creating a lesson plan, and developing online handouts that provide information and encourage student participation.
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A handy review - not all teachers look at the web they recommend...

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