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Library Supported Inquiry

The information and resources on this site are designed to support inquiry projects of varying length.  There are schedules for one and two week projects, half and full semester projects and Genius Hour projects.  The accompanying resources are designed to be used throughout the project and have a strong foundation in Library research methodology.  At the end of a project, not only will students have a product reflecting their learning, but the entire process will be documented. 
This website is in-progress and is being developed on an on-going basis.


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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign by Kayla Delzer

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign by Kayla Delzer | School Librarian | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 23, 12:55 PM
Classroom environments that are inviting are important. We can look back at John Dewey's writing and note he suggested the teacher creates an environment where teachers and students reconstruct knowing continuously.
David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 23, 7:32 PM

Cool stuff! Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine. 

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How to develop a growth mindset for better learning

How to develop a growth mindset for better learning | School Librarian | Scoop.it
Someone with a growth mindset, believes that effort is the path to mastery and that criticism and challenges are valuable tools for improvement.

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100 Free LEGO Learning Printables - Great Peace Academy #makered

100 Free LEGO Learning Printables - Great Peace Academy #makered | School Librarian | Scoop.it
Find resources for FREE LEGO Learning Printables in this 100 Things Post.

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lalita pradeep's curator insight, July 22, 2015 10:37 PM

I really dunno anything about its high order potential, but my sister prefers lego for her two small children.....And she is a committed teacher by passion.

Mick Huiet's curator insight, July 23, 2015 11:09 AM

I hope my new classroom has plenty of Legos!

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 27, 2015 11:18 AM

Some of the links in the list no longer work, but there are still plenty available. 

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What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything?

What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything? | School Librarian | Scoop.it

Such debate about the place and purpose of online searching in learning and assessments is not new. But rather than thinking of ways to prevent students from cheating or plagiarising in their assessed pieces of work, maybe our obsession with the “authenticity” of their coursework or assessment is missing another important educational point.

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DebbyBruck's comment, August 18, 2015 3:29 AM
This is so right on - thank you. Educating one's self online is empowering only if the user understands the difference between "crap collection" and that which is meaningful and useable at the time of curation. Curation only has value when we use the information in the moment as a motivator and inspiration to carry on in bettering ourselves in the here and now. This is my idea of content curation and educating on what speaks to our hearts in the very NOW moment.
DebbyBruck's curator insight, August 18, 2015 4:23 AM

Online searching/learning has a definite and substantial impact in our world today. Just remember to use regularly what you are saving (or curating), and to balance it all with real world experience.  Visit your elders, your neighbors, your parents, your community, your friends (and listen to their stories): in many cases they were alive many decades before you were.  They saw wars, political changes, social movements, etc., that can never be described in the same way online than from first hand experience.  Honor these people by your presence AND learn all you can online. Temper all of it by having one foot in the world of FREE information and one foot in the world of first-hand contact with those who lived those times. The cool thing about attending a school (in person) is you get the best of both worlds - interaction with others and your time online.

Reshmi_Insomreadniac's curator insight, September 16, 2015 9:04 AM

//In an era of informational abundance, educational end-products – the exam or piece of coursework – need to become less about a single student creating an “authentic” text, and more about a certain kind of digital literacy which harnesses the wisdom of the network of information that is available at the click of a button.//

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43 Lessons from the Make: Education Forum - Make: #makered

43 Lessons from the Make: Education Forum - Make: #makered | School Librarian | Scoop.it

"Make: held an education forum at the New York Hall of Science, which consisted of a series of five panels, plus a talk with Carmen Fariña, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. We can’t tell you everything that the panels discussed, (though you can see it for yourself — on our YouTube stream of the event at the bottom of this post) but we picked a selection of quotable ideas that could help you educate someone close to you, whether you’re a teacher, a parent, run a makerspace, or just like to tell you friends what to do. Come learn with us!


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Fair Use in Education and Research — Columbia Copyright Advisory Office

Fair Use in Education and Research — Columbia Copyright Advisory Office | School Librarian | Scoop.it
Fair use offers an extraordinarily important opportunity for educators, researchers, and others to make reasonable and limited uses of copyrighted materials. Clipping, cutting, pasting, uploading, posting, and many other activities that are common at the university may be copyright infringements or may be within fair use. When do you need to think about fair use? Some example situations:

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Stephen (Steve) Evans's curator insight, July 14, 2015 7:29 AM

Good resource for copyright information.....

Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, July 14, 2015 11:23 AM

This is a hot toping in K-12 and Higher Ed. - Columbia U is offering some information and guidelines. Take a look at their examples. 

Ashley Anne Abeling's curator insight, July 15, 2015 9:03 PM

Goes along with our first blogs of the semester! Great resource to refer back to.

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Free Technology for Teachers: iRead a Book ... Now What? - Book Posters, Book Trailers, and More

Free Technology for Teachers: iRead a Book ... Now What? - Book Posters, Book Trailers, and More | School Librarian | Scoop.it

"My social media bios declare “I like kids. I like books. I like tech. What else could I be but a school librarian?” That pretty much sums it up right there. 

Now, I do want to make one thing clear. I do not believe every book needs a “project.” READ MORE BOOKS. That’s what will encourage a love of reading (and the literacy skills will come). That said there are times when added tech IS fun and helpful to instruction. We had 6 iPads last year but this December were lucky enough to get a cart of 25! Of course we wanted to use them."


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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians | School Librarian | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 4, 2015 2:08 PM

What happens when you mix teacher-librarians with infographics?


Wonderful Things!

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, February 5, 2015 6:36 AM

Muito útil.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 7, 2015 1:37 AM

Some good Infographics here- not limited to librarian use.

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Show Us Your #SinglePointRubric ~ Cult of Pedagogy ~ Jennifer Gonzalez

Show Us Your #SinglePointRubric ~ Cult of Pedagogy ~ Jennifer Gonzalez | School Librarian | Scoop.it

"The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on. The simplicity of these rubrics — with just a single column of criteria, rather than a full menu of performance levels — offers a whole host of benefits:

-Teachers find them easier and faster to create, because they no longer have to spend precious time thinking up all the different ways students could fail to meet expectations.

 

-Students find them easier to read when preparing an assignment. With only the target expectations to focus on, they are more likely to read those expectations.


-They allow for higher-quality feedback, because teachers must specify key problem areas and notable areas of excellence for that particular student, rather than choosing from a list of generic descriptions."


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Librarian Creates Site for Teachers to Earn Digital Badges for New Skills - The Digital Shift

Librarian Creates Site for Teachers to Earn Digital Badges for New Skills - The Digital Shift | School Librarian | Scoop.it
Even teachers need a little acknowledgment for learning new skills, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming.

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Recently Released: “Open Content-A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences” | LJ INFOdocket

Recently Released: “Open Content-A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences” | LJ INFOdocket | School Librarian | Scoop.it

Here's a recently released 80 page guide (in English) written by Dr. Till Kreutzer and made available online by UNESCO, Wikimedia Deutschland, and HBZ Library Services.


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How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries | School Librarian | Scoop.it
In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, April 17, 2015 5:11 AM

A health librarians viewpoint but many relevant points for school libraries too

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SCIS | The importance of school libraries in the Google Age

SCIS | The importance of school libraries in the Google Age | School Librarian | Scoop.it
We continue to hear about the lack of trained library staff in schools, despite ongoing research indicating that the presences of teacher librarians lead to improved learning outcomes and NAPLAN Reading Literacy results. Kay Oddone highlights the many benefits teacher librarians bring to their schools, and why their role is integral to both student and staff learning.

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LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 26, 12:12 PM
"...teacher librarians are so much more than the 'keeper of the books."
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Why research skills matter more than ever… — Medium

Why research skills matter more than ever… — Medium | School Librarian | Scoop.it
I watched in dismay as the young student slowly typed her query into the smartphone. This was not going to end well…

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Some really good points that are often overlooked.

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Daniel Jäggli's curator insight, March 29, 4:07 PM

Some really good points that are often overlooked.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 1, 5:00 AM

Some really good points that are often overlooked.

Kristin Elliott's curator insight, April 2, 10:46 AM

Some really good points that are often overlooked.

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Inquiry-Based Learning: An Approach to Inquiry - Video Series

Inquiry-Based Learning: An Approach to Inquiry - Video Series | School Librarian | Scoop.it

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CARFLEO's curator insight, July 22, 2015 8:38 AM

Aspects of Religious Education and Family Life Education  can benefit from this approach.

liz deskins's curator insight, July 28, 2015 7:24 AM

Great videos about inquiry, even though its not in the library!

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YouTube Copyright School


Russell learns some valuable lessons about copyright.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, July 24, 2015 3:22 PM

Fun way to share this information with your students. 

Karen Olges's curator insight, July 27, 2015 9:46 AM

The last few sentences of this video sum it up....as teachers and leaders, we need to become cognizant to put copyright at the bottom of every page we and our students create.

Carol Hancox's curator insight, August 1, 2015 4:45 AM

a useful video about copyright

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100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homeschool Scientist

100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homeschool Scientist | School Librarian | Scoop.it
Here's 100 Engineering Projects For Kids to get that them excited about construction, design, electronics, and more.

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nihal abitiu's curator insight, September 22, 2015 6:20 AM

100 Engineering Projects for Kids

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, January 17, 9:33 PM

This is great and just in time to help parents help their kiddos with science fair type projects.

Chris Carter's curator insight, January 18, 2:47 AM

Wow! 100 great ideas!

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Low Tech, High Gains: Starting a Maker Program Is Easier Than You Think - The Digital Shift

Low Tech, High Gains: Starting a Maker Program Is Easier Than You Think - The Digital Shift | School Librarian | Scoop.it
Has the maker movement taken hold in your library yet? Starting a maker space is easier—and less costly—than you may think.

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Tamara Cox's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:39 AM

idea for getting started

Jessica Riggins's curator insight, August 10, 2015 1:13 PM

idea for getting started

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The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit

The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit | School Librarian | Scoop.it
We have, however, recently expanded upon our Makerspace offerings thanks to being inspired by several of my librarian friends in our amazing #TLChat PLN! Kids can come in during lunch or when they've finished their work to explore, craft, and create in the Library Media Center.


I re-purposed 4 empty study carrels for this Makerspace center at the top corner of our library.  The grouping includes a Lego Creation Station, a Duct Tape Craft Cubby, and a Makey Makey Coding Corner."


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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, June 16, 2015 4:40 AM

Vooral de Duct Tape Craft Cubby spreekt me aan!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 7, 3:07 PM

Libraries are 're-making' into 'makerspaces'.  Research and hands on learning --- a great way to grow.

Sophie GAL's curator insight, March 8, 4:44 AM

Libraries are 're-making' into 'makerspaces'.  Research and hands on learning --- a great way to grow.

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Rise in number of children reading for pleasure - TES News

Rise in number of children reading for pleasure - TES News | School Librarian | Scoop.it
Dystopian teen novels such as the Hunger Games trilogy are likely to be one reason for children being increasingly likely to say they enjoy reading, say literacy experts.

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Free PD for eacher Librarianss (an infographic) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Free PD for eacher Librarianss (an infographic) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | School Librarian | Scoop.it
There’s a whole lot of learning going on out there, but I’ve learned that it’s not all that easy to find.

For the last few years I’ve tried to keep up with it myself and help my students and colleagues keep up as well. I decided it was time to pull it all together. Here’s a first go at an infographic collecting some of the major professional learning opportunities out there for school librarians.

Please let me know what I missed and please feel free to embed and share with friends.

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, February 4, 2015 2:13 PM

Really useful!

Anita Vance's curator insight, February 5, 2015 12:40 PM

Always worthwhile to keep up with Joyce Valenza! Here are her suggestions for keeping up....thanks to John Evans!

David Baker's curator insight, February 8, 2015 11:40 AM

Librarians are vital as we move 1:1. The resources are changing but the need for text and learning are never greater. 

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Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader

Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader | School Librarian | Scoop.it

If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.

Here is a comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 17, 2015 9:55 AM

Great resource, and it's free!

Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, February 18, 2015 11:52 AM

Here is a cool one for all my Kindle toting friends - a comprehensive list of sources for free e-books.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 2015 11:20 AM

Great resource for BYOD schools who want to create a level playing field for all students with all devices.

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Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Librarian | Scoop.it
Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Questions that emphasize the mechanical on the analytical are out of the list.

In today's post, I am sharing with you this mini guide created by Foundation of Critical Thinking which you can use with your students to help them better comprehend and apply critical thinking in their learning. This could also be a very good resource teachers can draw on to enhance their questioning strategies.

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Федина Яна's curator insight, January 2, 2015 6:38 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, January 2, 2015 6:00 PM

Very useful guide for teachers.  

Dennis Swender's curator insight, January 3, 2015 3:16 AM

Important considerations for blogs, discussion posts, and short answer responses.

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20 Education Administrator Blogs

20 Education Administrator Blogs | School Librarian | Scoop.it
It’s not easy being a school administrator. As leader of your school or department, it may be difficult to find peers you can confide in, discuss challenges or get insights.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 12, 2015 4:03 PM

If you've ever lamented that other educators don't "get" what you do then you should visit this site to check out the blogs for those "others." It doesn't hurt to learn a little bit of another language and, who knows? You might just be able to tap into what keeps your administrator up at night and then find a solution that heavily involves YOU and your library!