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The Heart of Innovation: 25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity

The Heart of Innovation: 25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions...
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Digital Citizenship Poster

Digital Citizenship Poster | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

Go way beyond Internet safety. Turn students into great digital citizens.


Get all the tools you need with our FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Parent Media Education Program. The relevant, ready-to-use instruction helps you guide students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world where they live, study and play.

 

Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people?

 

Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?

 

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This is Why Teaching is A Heroic Job

This is Why Teaching is A Heroic Job | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

Interesting infographic to read and share.


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Will paper books exist in the future? Yes, but they’ll look different.

Will paper books exist in the future? Yes, but they’ll look different. | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

The change has come more slowly to books than it came to music or to business correspondence, but by now it feels inevitable. The digital era is upon us. The Twilights and Freedoms of 2025 will be consumed primarily as e-books.

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Contrarian librarians | Eagle-Eyed Editor

Contrarian librarians | Eagle-Eyed Editor | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
All my life, librarians have been my enablers. They presented me with a wide choice of nefarious temptations, slyly accompanied by the line, “Oh, you'll enjoy this!”, until I helplessly surrendered and took the books home with ...
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"The Research Therapist is in": Reframing Librarianship for Changin...

Talk given at the Operating at Webscale: Transforming Library Workflows event at UCLA, 15 December 2011.
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TeachPaperless: The Problem with TED Ed

TeachPaperless: The Problem with TED Ed | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

Let's consider the things that TED Ed asks the learner to do: watch a video, take a multiple-choice quiz, write brief constructed responses, and read through a bibliography. If I took the name TED out of this scenario, I would suggest that many educators would say that this format is exactly the type of traditional assessment that project-based, inquiry-driven, personalized learning is at odds with.

It is perfectly fine to watch a video. It is perfectly fine to view a lecture. It is perfectly fine to quiz yourself on what you remember from the video or the lecture. It is perfectly fine to write a brief response about a big question. But let's not call that a lesson. That's just a starting point.

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Data Literacy Instruction: Training the Next Generation of Researchers | Lisa Federer

Librarians have been doing information literacy instruction for years - now we can tell you how to handle your data, too!
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Infographing Librarianship…

Infographing Librarianship… | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

Two exceptional library professionals occupational facts, concerns and perspectives data visualizations by oBizMedia stunning designers team which will give every information professional...


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Librarians are go: Librarians as leaders

Librarians are go: Librarians as leaders | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
Librarians as leaders. One of my bosses said to me that you should never ask someone who works for you to do anything you wouldn't do. I still use this as one of my guiding principles in staff management.
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The Librarian has left the building

The Librarian has left the building | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
I woke this morning to a grey sky, and many pieces of writing about teacher librarianship that my students have submitted as their first dip into a new profession. The grey sky seems to symbolise t...

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10 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Be Happier at Work

10 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Be Happier at Work | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
De-cluttering your home and mind won’t just help your personal life, it will positively affect your work life, too.
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L.I.T. guide--Literacy Instruction Tools: My librarian friends in Large Ol' School District

L.I.T. guide--Literacy Instruction Tools: My librarian friends in Large Ol' School District | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

A list of librarians I admire would be incomplete without mentioning the fabulous librarians I work with. I've tried to be very careful about mentioning where I work--I want the freedom to express my opinions and not make my readers feel like I'm expressing district opinions. So sufice it to say, my district--Large Ol' District, for lack of a better name--has the best librarians around! The 35 women who work at the various campuses are some of the most dedicated, hard working people I know.

We are trying to stay ahead of the curve in terms of digital learning. For example, nearly every one of our schools wants to participate in funding a subscription to Overdrive even with the impact on budgets because it's the way of the future. Our elementary schools are teaching researching through databases and using tools like Noodletools to our youngest students so they are prepared when they reach us at high school. Our middle schools continue on with that research instruction while fostering a love of reading that sometimes gets lost as kids get older. Our high schools cover research in subjects ranging from academics to culinary to auto to vet tech to cosmotology. In addition we have IB classes, AP/ pre-AP classes, ESL classes, Sped classes and everything in between.

We've been hit hard with budget issues lately and everyone is coping. The hardest hit were our middle school librarians, who lost their assistants. But yet, they still teach research lessons, do booktalks for kids and generally keep things going, smiling all the while. I've been a middle school librarian--I don't know how they are doing it.

At the high schools, we lost one assistant but still have one. Things get a little hectic--for example, when I'm trying to teach a class and another comes in for checkout and yet more students walk in for help. Two people serving 2000 students don't stretch very far. But again, not to blow my own horn, the high school librarians are doing whatever it takes to make the library program successful.

Our elementary librarians are some of the most cheerful, bubbly people I know. I laughed when I attended one of their meetings because they were so animated! A huge change from the secondary meetings!! But their personalities and passion for reading and learning start our kids out in the right direction. Without the foundation they give our students, our jobs would be so much harder!

So ladies--you know who you are in the Large Ol' School District--I salute you all. You make me proud to be a librarian.

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Rediscovering Literacy

"Literacy used to be a very subtle concept that meant linguistic sophistication. It used to denote a skill that could be developed to arbitrary levels of refinement through practice.  Literacy meant using mastery over language — both form and content — to sustain a relentless and increasingly sophisticated pursuit of greater meaning. It was about an appreciative, rather than instrumental use of language. Language as a means of seeing rather than as a means of doing.

Reading and writing — the ability to translate language back and forth between oral and written forms — was  a secondary matter. It was a vocational pursuit of limited depth.

The written form itself was merely a convenience for transmitting language across space and time, and a mechanism by which to extend the limits of working memory. It had little to do with language skills per se.

Confusing the two is like confusing the ability to read and write musical notation with musical ability. You can have exceptional musical ability without knowing how to read music. And conversely, you might have no musical ability whatsoever, but still be able to read and write musical notation and translate back and forth between the keyboard and paper. Being able to read and write musical notation really has almost nothing to do with musical ability..."

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How Harvard Book Store combines the best of digital bookselling with the best of physical bookselling

How Harvard Book Store combines the best of digital bookselling with the best of physical bookselling | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
Phil Johnson writes in Forbes about the unlikely (and quite wonderful) success of the Harvard Book Store, an absolutely terrific independent bookstore that was bought by Jeff Mayersohn, a high-tech entrepreneur who was determined to exploit the...
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Thinkfinity; Language Arts: New Podcasts, Summer Reading, and the Movies: May 13 to 19 on ReadWriteThink

Thinkfinity; Language Arts: New Podcasts, Summer Reading, and the Movies: May 13 to 19 on ReadWriteThink | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
Having trouble finding that perfect book? Listen to our podcasts for some great book recommendations.
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8 Great Free Web Resources Focused on Using the iPad in Education | Emerging Education Technology

8 Great Free Web Resources Focused on Using the iPad in Education | Emerging Education Technology | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

"Some of the Internet's best resources dedicated exclusively to educational uses of the iPad."

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Thanks Kelly for including iPads in Education in this list! - JE


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School Library Websites: Examples of Effective Practice: school libraries | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students

School Library Websites: Examples of Effective Practice: school libraries | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

Joyce Valenza: See the Glog!School Library Websites: Examples of Effective Practice: school libraries | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students...


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Who Let the Librarians Out? — Presentation Available « The ...

Who Let the Librarians Out? — Presentation Available « The ... | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
Who Let the Librarians Out? — Presentation Available. by davidshumaker. I've just posted my presentation to the Texas Library Association, entitled “Who Let the Librarians Out? How Digital Content Is Freeing Librarians for ...
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10 Quick Ways To Become A Better Reader | Edudemic

10 Quick Ways To Become A Better Reader | Edudemic | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

Great support article...


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Top 5 Reasons to Let Kids Choose Their Own Books

Top 5 Reasons to Let Kids Choose Their Own Books | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
Over the past 18 years, I’ve done my share of “traditional” teaching:  I chose a book, I decided how many pages my students would read each night, I wrote questions to see if they read the b...
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Get the Daily Literacy Quiz Widget — Widgetbox

Get the Daily Literacy Quiz Widget — Widgetbox | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
See how much you know about children's literature! Every day you get an answer right, you'll be entered into our monthly drawing for a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com!
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60 Apps in 60 Minutes: Mobile 2012

60 Apps in 60 Minutes: Mobile 2012 | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

"n hindsight 60 apps in 60 minutes was a bit ambitious. I kind of felt as if we were auctioning off apps. (Perhaps a Nifty Fifty pack would have been a better fit.) For those of you who missed our session…or those of you who attended and caught whiplash from the sheer speed of it, here is a list of all of the apps we (John Samuelson and I) featured."


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85 Reasons to be Thankful for Librarians | Zen College Life

85 Reasons to be Thankful for Librarians | Zen College Life | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
1. Librarians take care of libraries, which are still invaluable today. 2. Not all information is on the internet. 3. Older books still hold great cultural significance. 4.
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