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FYIs for education, advocacy and awareness of issues relevant for school and public libraries.
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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.


Via Karen Bonanno
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Thank you, Karen Bonanno for sharing this.  The sites are linked to standards for easy transitions to teachable connections.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 25, 2014 4:44 PM

Each category is linked to the standards. A brief outline of the websites and tips for use are included. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, March 26, 2014 11:56 AM

American School Library Association #AASL publishes "best websites for teaching & learning 2013".

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 27, 2014 5:58 AM

Useful posting, must check out these sites.

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AP Psychology Reads - WHS Teacher Websites

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Here's a great find from Stephanie Sweeney  Pennucci on twitter.

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Personalised approaches to teaching information literacy - SecEd

How adept are your students at finding and using information? Dr Andrew Shenton discusses a personalised approach to fostering information literacy.
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This is a great reference for understanding the construction of research through the students' connections.  If you can get these connections going you have a great start.

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From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
A new typology of Americans’ public engagement with public libraries, which sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the United States.
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The latest research regarding who visits the library - some statistical estimations of ages, lifestyles and expectations.  A baseline that may help with the 'services we offer' decisions.

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The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet | Fluency21 – Committed ...

Dubbed the EdTech Cheat Sheet, I think it's one of the most useful infographics out there today. You should consider printing this out and keeping it handy should you ever come across some crazy term that doesn't make ...


Via Marilyn Stoner
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We found some help to keep the terms straight for different terms in use to describe educational technology in use.  Let the gamification begin ;0)

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Program helps children become readers - Reedsburg Times Press

Program helps children become readers - Reedsburg Times Press | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Program helps children become readers
Reedsburg Times Press
Children going to see the doctor will be leaving with a new book — once an early-literacy program starts at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center.
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Another idea for outreach - finding those places where families meet.

 

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The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

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This site has a flash component that allows an explanation each step of the way with a simple click.  Such a friendly strategy-rich site to share with your students AND parents AND faculty, etc.....

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16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom

16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Source In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; an...
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An excellent article with examples for expanded learning.  These fit so well with process learning, diversity, striving for excellence and other learning targets.

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12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy

12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
via MindShift by: Tina Barseghian Google has made it possible for us to have instant information gratification. Just start typing the first letters of your search word and the site intuits your que...
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a little primer or reminder of the shortcuts that make a search more successful.

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Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
With nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past decade.
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America’s Libraries Report 2013” by the American Library Association.  Public libraries circulated 2.46 billion materials last year, the greatest volume in 10 years.... the circulation of children’s book and materials increased by more than 28 percent. Attendance at library-hosted programs for kids hit 60.5 million in 2013.

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A Truly Socially Inclusive School Benefits Everyone

A Truly Socially Inclusive School Benefits Everyone | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Dr. Maurice Elias highlights Project UNIFY, a program that brings differently-abled students together in various forms of shared activities and purposes.
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A model for empathy and diversity, this experience would be enhanced with books and other media from the Empathy Library referenced in an earlier post - empathylibrary.com/library

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School Officials Plan to Restore Librarian Positions

School Officials Plan to Restore Librarian Positions | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
It's a multi-year plan that calls for filling the high school and middle school librarian positions next year.
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Plans to ADD positions for school libraries. YAY!!!! 

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How to Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning Infographic

How to Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning Infographic | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
The How to Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning Infographic refers to Gagné’s 3rd event of instruction and presents ways teachers can determine students' prior knowledge.

Via Grant Montgomery
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Some ideas to share to enhance student learning.  Additional possibilities to create those important links!

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Some ideas to share to enhance student learning.  Additional possibilities to create those important links!

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Libraries Are Surprisingly Popular, and Oh Yeah, They Also Make You Awesome - Bustle

Libraries Are Surprisingly Popular, and Oh Yeah, They Also Make You Awesome
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A new Pew Research study just came out with some surprising facts. Apparently, people love libraries.
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Advocacy tools from Pew Research.  Love our Libraries!

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[New post] 10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon - anitav@altoonalibrary.org - AAPL Mail

[New post] 10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon - anitav@altoonalibrary.org - AAPL Mail | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Google's approach to email
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I like this gentle reminder to take care of yourself and others.  Sometimes we just need to remember.

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Steal These 5 Social Media Tricks to Engage Your Learners

Steal These 5 Social Media Tricks to Engage Your Learners | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Source: eLearningindustry
Social media is now the top Internet activity, according to Business Insider. Americans alone spend 114 billion minutes a month on Facebook, plus even more time on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more.
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Good ideas for building any type of presentation or instructional moment.  I like that many examples are included. This will be a good reference for me!

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Sign Up for ABC of Information Literacy Infographic

Sign Up for ABC of Information Literacy Infographic | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

Via Elizabeth Hutchinson
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What a great way to review and visualize the learning process!  Thank you, Elizabeth Hutchinson for pointing this out! ;0)

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 2, 2014 12:49 PM

A really useful info graphic that demonstrates information literacy. 

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:22 AM

I am thinking I want to Thinglink annotate this one.

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Source:  onlineuniversities.com Source: TeachThought Students and educators have a wealth of learning and productivity tools available to them online. Google offers some of the highest-quality reso...
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This is a one-stop shop for the Google tool box, to add to your bag of tricks for patron or student helps and hacks.

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Massachusetts Parents Fight For School Librarians—And Win ...

Massachusetts Parents Fight For School Librarians—And Win ... | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
As a new parent at the Hadley (MA) Elementary School in 2012, Melissa DeFilippi volunteered to help out at the school library—and discovered that she and other volunteers were acting as the de facto librarian.
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It is encouraging to see support from parents and a positive response built around evidence of success brought by good library programs.

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Five software tools to help online students avoid distractions

Five software tools to help online students avoid distractions | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
An interesting article on Schools.com.

 

Whether it comes from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram or Reddit, distractions abound online.

This is especially true for online students, who do much of their work on the Internet. How do you resist the urge to check social media when your phone is blowing up with notifications? How do you not check that email, not Google a question that just came to you, or not see if your friend read that important message you sent her on Facebook? If you can't find the willpower, there's another way.

Here are five software tools to help online students stay disciplined and avoid distractions.


Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Helpful for working on self-discipline with students.

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Libraries help kids explore science - The Spokesman Review

Libraries help kids explore science - The Spokesman Review | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Libraries help kids explore science
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The county library district's after-school programs for grade-schoolers got a new name last fall: The Kids Explore and Discover Club.
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Looking for something to attract new visitors?  Discovery Clubs for middle school learners bring hands on learning to life.....

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9 Reasons Why Games with Adult Learners are a Must

9 Reasons Why Games with Adult Learners are a Must | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Who said games were just for kids? And whoever told you that your adult learners feel games were childish and patronizing is misinformed. It is true that adult learners are more motivated to
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Ideas and reasons to include games in your training sessions.

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information-literacy_final.png (PNG Image, 1280 × 4241 pixels) - Scaled (12%) | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
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Download your own copy of this great graphic.  A great visual to help your students, teachers, patrons, community understand searching and citing resources.

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What I Learned about Outreach from Attending Weddings

What I Learned about Outreach from Attending Weddings | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
This is NOT that wedding.
Just when you thought your days of doing “YMCA” and finding an affordable gift on the registry were over, you find yourself invited to a slew of weddings.
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Some new ideas for adding some oomph to programs and projects...Fun to get different perspectives.

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Who Needs Libraries? We All Do!

Watch our new video and see how our "stats" stack up against Boston's pro sports teams.
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An absolutely wonderful video!!!!! Can't wait to find a time and place to use this!!!!

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