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Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools -- THE Journal

Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools -- THE Journal | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Thoughtfully designed learning environments can help students work together more effectively.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Rethinking your library space?

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:18 AM

What does this mean for library spaces? Will we need these large rooms anymore or more fluid spaces for interactive learning/sharing? How do we use these design considerations to look ahead to our future libraries?

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Using Technology to Improve how the Brain Learns

Using Technology to Improve how the Brain Learns | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Kelly Walsh writes: "While learning is not “a medical problem”, it is certainly a “brain problem”, and the brain is our most advanced organ. We’ve barely begin to understand how this amazing mass of cells works. Along these lines, I’m fascinated by the possibilities for information or ‘computer’ technologies to be leveraged to help the mind grow and enhance learning, much as other technologies have been used to help other human organs thrive."

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Be sure to follow the links Kelly included to read more on this topic.

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Libraries need a deeper online presence

Libraries need a deeper online presence | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

David Weinberger writes: "Library information systems may not know as much about users’ behavior as Amazon does, but even highly anonymized usage records can say a lot about what a community values: which works people are reading, which ones they like or think are important, and even the relations they see among the works. In essence, the library can hold a mirror up to the community, allowing it to get a clearer and stronger sense of itself."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Librarians have been creating and analyzing metadata since the birth of the card catalog. David shows how much further the Internet can take us, if data is made more accessible. I love the work the DPLA is already doing in opening up sources for research, hackers, etc.

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5 Ideas to Kickstart Your Summer Learning

5 Ideas to Kickstart Your Summer Learning | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
This summer, build a learning archive, read for inspiration, design your digital space, redesign your physical classroom space, and take on a challenge.
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8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations

8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

"A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows."


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We'll be starting a TedEd Club in the fall, and I plan on sharing these techniques with students. 

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What is kindness?

What is kindness? | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
The author of Wonder on how it’s the moments of kindness in her book that are the real gutpuncher to the heart, and jerker of tears – and how she is so proud that Wonder has inspired Kindness Day
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

What a beautiful article! So many more great quotes on kindness .

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Watch a clever teacher annoy the back row of class to teach all students an important lesson.

Watch a clever teacher annoy the back row of class to teach all students an important lesson. | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Maz Ali writes: "A high school teacher wanted share an important life lesson with his students. But a dull lecture just wouldn't do. So he planned a simple interactive exercise. All he needed was some scrap paper for each student and a recycling bin at the front of the room."


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I love this lesson! "Be aware of your privilege" is something we should definitely expose our students to. 

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Why we should let kids choose their own summer reading books

Why we should let kids choose their own summer reading books | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Erin Kelly writes: "

It’s a familiar classroom ritual – every June, teachers assign summer reading. And every September, students come back to school having read too few books.

This is frustrating for teachers, and challenging for students. When kids aren’t in school, they forget crucial skills they learned during the year – at least a month of reading achievement, on average. This so-called “summer slide” is particularly pernicious in children from low-income families.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

We don't have assigned reading, but I would love to see students reporting on summer reading the first week of school. I'd love to see public librarians attending assemblies at every elementary school to promote their summer reading programs.

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California’s Homeless Find a Quiet Place

California’s Homeless Find a Quiet Place | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Fritz Hoffman writes: "On a recent visit to the Sacramento library, the high number of homeless patrons I saw there surprised me.

Seeing them in that quiet space, consumed by traditional media, I was struck by the difference between them and most of society with its 24/7 connection to streaming digital media. I began this project to take myself out of my own patterns and habits, to change my perspective, to observe, to listen, to understand, and to share this place of quiet."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Offering a social worker is good. Offering a place to shower, storage lockers, and a mailing address would all help, too. 

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Libraries could outlast the internet, head of British Library says

Libraries could outlast the internet, head of British Library says | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Hannah Furness writes (with multiple typos!): "Stop worrying about whether libraries will survive the digital age, the head of the British Library has said, as he argues that they could outlast the internet.

Roly Keating, director of the British Library, said he was shocked at how many "smart people" still questioned whether libraries were still viable in the modern age.

Saying the institution had countless values worth defending, including trust, he argued that libraries could prove the most "powerful and resiliant network yet".

"These values predated the internet," he said. "And if we get it right may yet outlast it." '

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I love his emphasis on trust in information, and how libraries can provide "authentication and provenance of information." It all comes back to evaluation of sources and critical thinking!

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Was Yoda a medieval monk? It takes a museum curator to tell you

Was Yoda a medieval monk? It takes a museum curator to tell you | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
What is it like to take 36,000 people to work with you? Social media opens up the secret world of solitary jobs
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This just makes my magpie heart sing! Social media has expanded my exploration of the quirky and esoteric in so many ways. Another great example of the positive impacts of social media!

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TED Books

TED Books | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Browse new and classic books by your favorite TED speakers. These titles on science, social change and more are filled with fascinating facts and laugh-out-loud moments — published around the world, collected here.
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I think I just found my nonfiction reading list for the next few years!

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U.S. millennials post ‘abysmal’ scores in tech skills test, lag behind foreign peers

U.S. millennials post ‘abysmal’ scores in tech skills test, lag behind foreign peers | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Todd Frankel writes: "

There was this test. And it was daunting. It was like the SAT or ACT -- which many American millennials are no doubt familiar with, as they are on track to be the best educated generation in history -- except this test was not about getting into college. This exam, given in 23 countries, assessed the thinking abilities and workplace skills of adults. It focused on literacy, math and technological problem-solving. The goal was to figure out how prepared people are to work in a complex, modern society.


And U.S. millennials performed horribly."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

So much of this test relied on critical thinking. I hope that our inquiry-based learning will help students get better--not at test taking, but at real life skills they will need to succeed in the future.

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Plans for Brooklyn Branches Have Merit

Plans for Brooklyn Branches Have Merit | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Proposals to sell and develop library sites in Brooklyn are being met with the usual arguments, but the plans actually look promising.
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Updating libraries which have increased use and circulation? A great idea!

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Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion and Rights

Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion and Rights | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Philip Galanes writes" "Take two fine memoirists to lunch, and before long they will be trading moments from their childhood when a door opened, as Graham Greene put it, and let the future in."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I'm so glad I saved my Sunday papers while I was on vacation or I might have missed this fine discussion between two people I admire very much. 

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An Innovative Library Lifts the Fortunes of a Chinese Town

An Innovative Library Lifts the Fortunes of a Chinese Town | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Li Xiaodong, an award-winning architect, has built a library in Jiaojiehe that is so intriguing it has become a destination for day-trippers from Beijing.
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A library saves a village! 

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Gloria Steinem: Rescued by Librarians | American Libraries Magazine

Gloria Steinem: Rescued by Librarians | American Libraries Magazine | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Amy Carlton quotes Steinem's speech: "

Steinem didn’t go to a full year of school until she was 11. Her father moved the family frequently every year, and though young Gloria was totally immersed in books, she couldn’t bring them with her. “I was rescued by librarians everywhere I went. Librarians saved my internal life.” Librarians, she said, gave her permission to read anything she liked—including novels for adults, Hardy Boys mysteries, or books on dance or India.

“Your profession is the greatest profession,” she said. “You democratize knowledge. Nothing on earth is more important.”

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

We don't say "No talking" in our library, but I get her point. Would love to have been there to hear her speak.

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Neil Gaiman writes: "We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Neil said so many important things in this lecture that I could just close my eyes, stick out my finger, and find a beautiful quote on the need for reading, books, and libraries in our world. Read this, then share it widely. 

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Just Be Nice

Just Be Nice | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

In Valerie Strauss's column in the Washington Post, George Wood writes: "We can teach our children a better lesson.  We can teach them, as I’ve seen hundreds of children learn at my school, that when the chips are down teachers come through.  We can teach them that when it seems like there is no way out of the hole that they have dug, a member of the school staff will show up with a shovel.  We can teach them that no matter what silly, dumb, or downright ignorant thing he or she has said or done in the past, caring adults have short memories for minor mistakes and longer memories for serious work and accomplishment."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Thanks to George Wood for articulating something I've noticed in schools. Mistakes students make have more consequences now, if only because they're exposed on social media. Overcrowded classes make it hard for teachers to notice when a child needs some help. 

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A conversation about learning rapidly...

A conversation about learning rapidly... | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Dan Russell writes: "Our question this week was how to learn about a new (to you) topic rapidly.  I asked

   1.  What do you do when you need to learn about a topic area very quickly?  


I'm not asking as a way to avoid work, but it happens fairly often that I'm working on a deadline and need to learn something as efficiently as possible.  In other words, how do you become an expert on the subject quickly, or least be able to find relevant information without getting lost in all of the possible documents? "

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I'm saving this in the hope of creating a presentation for students. I love reading Dan Russell's blog and often pick up search strategies that help me. This blog post summarizes a lot of search strategies that would help students gather information quickly. I've shared several of these in the past, but now am inspired to put them all together in one search lesson, with credit to Dan, of course!

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The Classy Rise of the Trench Coat

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie writes: "The trench coat wasn’t exactly invented for use during the war that gave it its name, a war spent mired in muddy, bloody trenches across Europe. But it was during the First World War that this now iconic garment took the shape that we recognize today, a form that remains startlingly current despite being more than 100 years old."

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Just one example of why I bring my Smithsonian magazine to school for students to read! 

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Library Commons-a Peek at the Future

Library Commons-a Peek at the Future | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Claudette Riley writes: "

One look around the wide open room on the south side of Carver Middle School, which overlooks walking trails, and it becomes clear: This is not your father's school library.

It is, however, a peek at what's to come.

At Carver, the library is called a "learning commons." There are brightly colored walls (purple signifies collaborative space); small group work space with trendy furniture; tables with rocking chairs; rows of desktop computers; and a nook filled with games that is in the process of being transformed into a "maker" or creative play space."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I love the quote toward the end of this article from school board member Annie Busch, a former public library administrator: '"Libraries are not just a little place with walls around it, where you are coming in and getting a book," Busch said. "We need to change our mindsets about what happens in a library." ' It's wonderful to see a school district that really gets libraries!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 26, 12:03 PM

I love the quote toward the end of this article from school board member Annie Busch, a former public library administrator: '"Libraries are not just a little place with walls around it, where you are coming in and getting a book," Busch said. "We need to change our mindsets about what happens in a library." ' It's wonderful to see a school district that really gets libraries!

Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 6:58 PM

Changing the mindset

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
This article featured on MindShift discusses research on the brain and some of the best ways for us to help our brain learn.
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For my friends who are interested in metacognition, some useful tips! 

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What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?

David Price writes: "...a relentless focus upon high-stakes accountability — through student testing and teacher evaluation — has done little to improve outcomes, and has de-professionalized and demoralized teachers.

On the other hand, the flourishing of social collaboration among educators offers hope for a profession under siege, because it’s through self-determining their own professional learning that teachers and administrators can both offset the worst effects of being told how to do their jobs and accelerate innovation."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This article hit on so many things I've been pondering that I immediately ordered the book. I've found that the best collaborative projects we've done this year have started with staff bouncing ideas off each other informally, but we do run into that fear of failure paralysis that Price mentions. (Mainly on the part of administrators!) I look forward to reading more of Price's ideas.

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The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America

The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
The Harvard political scientist wants to change how Americans view poor kids — and what we talk about in the 2016 election.
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Thought-provoking article. Programs like AVID go far in addressing this, but how many children have already given up on school by the time they can participate?

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The History of “Loving” to Read - The New Yorker

The History of “Loving” to Read - The New Yorker | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Joshua Rothman writes: "For a long time, people didn’t love literature. They read with their heads, not their hearts."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

When my middle schoolers tell me about their favorite books, they express themselves with such passion that I can't help but think these books are their first experience of a crush. Of course, I can empathize, as I remember the feeling very well. 

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