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FYIs for education, advocacy and awareness of issues relevant for school and public libraries.
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How Should Keyboarding Be Taught in Elementary School?

How Should Keyboarding Be Taught in Elementary School? | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
A teacher offers his take on instruction of a skill that standardized testing has put back at the forefront of education.
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Keyboarding infused with research and application - could this help library and literacy skill discussions?  It is certainly worth thought.

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Gamification: putting the fun into learning | AfricaEducation [Blogs]

Gamification: putting the fun into learning  | AfricaEducation [Blogs] | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

Gamification may sound to some like educational games, because it uses gaming techniques to help to teach students new concepts. If one can connect with people effectively through games, can this make learning easier?


Via Elizabeth E Charles
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The understanding of gaming techniques as applied to learning can open the doors and minds of our learners - worth a try...

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Great Interactive Tutorials to Raise Search Savvy Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Interactive Tutorials to Raise Search Savvy Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

"Search literacy is an important element of the 21st century learning. The web is teeming with all kinds of information and part of this information  is nothing but junk. To let our students and kids surf this ocean of information without equipping them with the necessary gear is analogous to canoeing through turbulent waves, chances of staying afloat are next to impossible."


Via John Evans
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A graphic driven tutorial - helping in another direction - any way we can strengthen the strategy....

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50 Ideas For Using Skype In Your Classroom

50 Ideas For Using Skype In Your Classroom | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
50 Ideas For Using Skype in Your Classroom
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Or Skype in your Library!  Please note that many of these are not age or grade-related!!!  Visit another classroom or a neighbor/community helper or a librarian or an author....many possibilities!!!

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Infographics & Information Literacy

Infographics & Information Literacy | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Presenting information, data, or library instruction content, in appealing and innovative formats offers librarians opportunities to engage students and library users in services, resources, and in...

Via Karen Bonanno
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Great graphic to place for continuing support and review!!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 14, 2014 7:22 AM

I think this is a really good info graphic. 

Glenda Morris's curator insight, June 14, 2014 10:50 AM

An information literacy infographic 

Lourense Das's curator insight, June 15, 2014 9:36 AM

Free tools for creating Infographics for school library professionals >> instruction - engagement - resources

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20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic

20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users. Businesses, nonprofits, and even libraries are sharing ideas and information through the site as well, connecting with people from around the country and around the globe.

Via Sue Holmes
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A great place to wander, browse, share, inspire, mentor, unconference, bring like-minded individuals together....

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Stopping the Summer Slide in English Language Arts

Stopping the Summer Slide in English Language Arts | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests eight ways for teachers to prevent summer learning loss in the English language arts, including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.
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I LOVE #3!!!!! Great ideas to share!!!

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Inflow model

An integrated model of applied information literacy
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This is an easy to use, easy to share framework to use with all of your collaborators, from friends to faculty to students, etc.

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Love libraries? Then you’re probably ahead of the technological curve.

Love libraries? Then you’re probably ahead of the technological curve. | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
"Library lovers" and "information omnivores" score high on library engagement -- and tech usage.

Via Elizabeth Hutchinson
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Something to make you smile - keep on keeping up!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 15, 2014 7:21 AM

I love reports like this. We are highly tech savvy, tell me more :) 

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos for Exploring the Universe on Space Day

Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos for Exploring the Universe on Space Day | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Space Day is celebrated in early May each year. For teachers and students interested in the universe, VideoAmy has collected some of the most fun videos and resources to bring astronomy into the classroom.
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A great way to introduce astronomy!

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eSchool News – Current Issue

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School librarians in school news!!  Nice to see recognition of the support we give to the educational community using every form available to share all types of research.  Not just a physical space!!

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"Open Access Repositories, Copyright Laws, and Digital Commons for Grad" by Kimberly J. Sawtelle

Contributing full-text, peer-reviewed research papers to an Open Access institutional repository, such as DigitalCommons@UMaine, increases the impact of scholarly research by expanding the potential audience far beyond the reach of subscription-based journals. The rapid evolution of Open Access has some scholars playing catch up to learn the ins and outs of negotiating publishing contracts to allow for self-archiving. Open Access Repositories, Copyright Laws, and Digital Commons for Graduate Students is a 26-minute video discussing Open Access, its influence on research impact cycles, and the importance of copyright. The webinar covers topics of interest to both graduate students just entering the world of scholarly publishing and experienced researchers.
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This is a well-done in-depth webinar about access to research.  It would be a great tool for staff training, guide for in-depth research, intro to the whole idea of open access and freedom of information.... Thank you,Kim J. Sawtelle, for putting so much good info in one place!

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Information Literacy Theory - Information Literacy - LibGuides at City University London

Information Literacy Theory - Information Literacy - LibGuides at City University London | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
This guide has a dual purpose. It is a subject guide for those interested in IL as part of studying Library & Information Management. It also outlines why IL is important for staff & students and what support the Library can offer at City Overview of theory for IL practitioners

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Thank you Elizabeth, this a good visual for guiding the development of skillful searching.

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Eeva Kurttila-Matero's curator insight, May 3, 2014 11:07 AM
ANCIL: A New Curriculum for Information Literacy.
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Librarians on the Fly: 50 Tech Tools every Teacher-Librarian Should Know

Librarians on the Fly: 50 Tech Tools every Teacher-Librarian Should Know | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

Are you looking for some web tools to investigate this summer?  Take a look at the 50 tech tools listed below to get started. If you click on the button, it will take you to the website or app.  If there is a picture, you can click there to get an example of what some of the tools do.


Via Karen Bonanno, Lourense Das
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Adding to your toolbox!

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Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning - TeachThought

Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning - TeachThought | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

"Editor’s Note: We recently discovered the Bay Area’s Prospect Sierra School’s interesting learning model that prioritizes 6 ideas for learning in the 21st century. There is, of course, no single “best” way to pursue “21st century learning”–nor any learning at all for that matter. But seeing the way other inspired educators pursue the idea can teach each one of us a lot. In this model, we appreciate the inclusion of self-knowledge, as well as moving past the idea of content to true disciplinary knowledge–seeing knowledge in context and application."


Via John Evans
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This graphic may help to put the whole-child ideal together when planning....the knowledge in context and application is a key area for librarians.

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Training in Business's curator insight, June 23, 2014 7:27 AM

Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning

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The most significant thing we could do to reduce poverty? Read.

The most significant thing we could do to reduce poverty? Read. | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

"Putting 500 books into a young child’s home has the same impact on educational success as having two parents with master’s degrees. That’s according to a 20-year, 27-nation study..."

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And then they went to the library....

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Students Explain Engaging Assignments

Students Explain Engaging Assignments | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
46 Students Explain The Assignments That Got Their Attention This Year
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I smiled when I was how man of these were research related - here is the perfect time and place to point out that teacher-librarians are deeply imbedded in positive learning.

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Phil Bradley:Internet search, Librarians, search engines, web search

Phil Bradley:Internet search, Librarians, search engines, web search | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Internet search information, techniques and Web 2.0 resources for the library and information professional community
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This is one of the brightest gems I have found - articles, search engines, social media, presentations - it has soooooo much.

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A Set of Educational Web Tools You Might Not Be Aware of

A Set of Educational Web Tools You Might Not Be Aware of | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
June 7, 2014
From elementary school to college, students of all ages have a growing pool of educational tools available to them. Here are a set of tools you might not be aware of, and have been...

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Thank you to Sue Grigsby for finding and posting this collection of great tools - nice to find tried and true sites! - A great variety for all ages.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 7, 2014 8:33 AM

Love these articles from Education Technology & Mobile Learning blog! This is one that will be very helpful and includes a curated list of students organizers by district librarian Shonda Brisco - a great example for all of us to follow!

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 7, 2014 2:07 PM

Thank you to Sue Grigsby for finding and posting this collection of great tools - nice to find tried and true sites! These are valuable for teachers AND students - share with your families, too!

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 10, 2014 10:28 AM

New tools to explore!

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Report: The Impact of School Libraries on Learning

Report: The Impact of School Libraries on Learning | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
  This is an excellent and important research paper, for us all to use for advocacy.  Good research showing that a good school library does impact results.  It also tells us what a good school...
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Joining the results from around the globe to strengthen our voices - a good school library program, with a professional librarian, positively impacts student learning!!!!!!

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Guided Reading within the Daily 5 Framework

Guided Reading within the Daily 5 Framework | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
I was filling in for a 3rd grade teacher, who needed to attend an assessment meeting on behalf of one of her students. When I walked in, she had me start the third of four rotations. She uses the D...
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Reading/teaching example and sample to share - helping to expand the tools we use to encourage the love of reading.

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How to Raise a Reader

How to Raise a Reader | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. 10 tips for getting your kids hooked on books -- ebooks or the paper kind.
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Advice to share at the beginning of the Summer Reading Season - family centered hints, with genre and author examples for starters.

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ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

ICDL - International Children's Digital Library | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
International Children's Digital Library
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A free resource from the University of Maryland or multicultural materials in many languages, meant to be shared.

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Comment on Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills by OTR Links 04/20/2014 | doug --- off the record

Comment on Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills by OTR Links 04/20/2014 | doug --- off the record | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
[…] Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills | MindShift […]
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Nice to see games with thinking strategies for building social skills.  Empathy is an important building block for success.


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