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Google+ for Schools- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google+ for Schools- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

"Google+ for Schools is a short guide created by Eric Curts, a Google certified teacher. I have just finished reading it now and thought you might be interested in having a glance as well.This document walks you through a step by step process to learn everything you need in order to start leveraging the power of this social networking platform in schools."


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Robert Kibaya's curator insight, September 9, 2013 7:43 AM

#web2icm #CommunicationWB

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@harisha Surely it is and makes life easy
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:25 PM

Thank you for sharing. I use Google + in my classroom.

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The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher - Infographic

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher - Infographic | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more. In an effort to clarify and explain some of the most important characteristics that a digitally competent teacher must have, we whipped up this fun visual. …

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, June 13, 4:38 AM

I like this take on the issue. Since we have moved teaching skills online, educators are charged with the same level of role modeling as they do on the ground in brick and mortar. In fact, it is even more critical to help young people understand the risks.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 13, 7:29 PM

I really like this infographic. Are you a digitally competent teacher?

Kimberly House's curator insight, June 24, 1:50 PM

Good one to remind teachers that they are more competent with digital tools than they realise! If you can shop online, you can teach online! :-)

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Collective Consumption: Social Media And Active Learning

Collective Consumption: Social Media And Active Learning | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

"It comes as no surprise that the Internet grows exponentially by the minute, and in some cases by the second. It’s too late to turn back the clock, and it’s no wonder that our learners view school regulations of social media archaic and restrictive. We see the weekly chats with frustrated teachers who try to get colleagues to see the benefits of Twitter; yet this is not even the most popular media with our tweens, let alone young people under thirty."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 11, 6:45 PM

Students use social media. Do they know how much social media is used (and do teachers know this information)? This post shares two great websites that provide data on how social media is being used today. Both are interactive, but in very different ways.

The Internet in Real Time provides an up to the second look at 23 social media tools, letting you see how quickly data is generated and you can also see "the real-time accumulation of wealth."

The second resource is an infographic Social Media 2014which looks at ten social media websites and provides "facts, figures, numbers and statistics from 2014." A few are below:

* 23% of teens consider Instagram their favorite social network.

* 100 hours of video is uploaded on YouTube every minute.

Given this data many of us may be questioning policies at our schools. Is it time for public schools to look at how social media is being used by their students when they are outside the walls of the school and understand that social media provides a platform that we could use to deliver lessons?

This post explores this issue and the final sentence reads "The collective consumption of knowledge has changed because of technology, and learners need to be able to use it, search it, and share it." What are your thoughts on this?

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Where, What, How, and Why Teens Do and Don’t Read | Consider the Source

Where, What, How, and Why Teens Do and Don’t Read | Consider the Source | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
In his last column, Marc Aronson raised a number of questions about the recently released Common Sense Media brief on
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Designed for Learning: School Libraries

A 2007 video that shows the contribution an effective school library can make to the educational, creative, emotional and reading development of children and young people. It looks at how design can enable this.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, May 31, 1:55 PM

School Library design to enable learning.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 31, 4:07 PM

The power of design!

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School libraries designed for learning [2007], [video, 27 min.] with Prof. Stephen Heppell, known for his innovative ideas

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Designed for Learning: School Libraries

TheA 2007 video that shows the contribution an effective school library can make to the educational, creative, emotional and reading development of children and young people. It looks at how design can enable this.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, May 31, 1:55 PM

School Library design to enable learning.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 31, 4:07 PM

The power of design!

Lourense Das's curator insight, June 1, 1:54 AM

School libraries designed for learning [2007], [video, 27 min.] with Prof. Stephen Heppell, known for his innovative ideas

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School librarians a rare find in California public schools | EdSource Today

School librarians a rare find in California public schools | EdSource Today | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 28, 12:27 PM

Shannon Englebrecht, who works for the San Francisco Unified School District, is poised to become one of a rare breed in California when her hours are increased next year: a full-time public school librarian.

gwynethjones's curator insight, May 29, 3:23 AM

"The lack of certified librarians has led to a decrease in student access to books, a decline in student research skills and the loss of an important resource for teachers, said Janice See-Gilmore, president of the California School Library Association.

“It’s actually pretty dreadful,” See-Gilmore said. “In 1999 we had 1,300 teacher librarians. We’re just going in the wrong direction.”

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School librarians a rare find in California public schools | EdSource Today

School librarians a rare find in California public schools | EdSource Today | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
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The Real Reason Enhanced Ebooks Haven’t Taken Off (Or, Evan Schnittman Was Right… For the Most Part) | Digital Book World

The Real Reason Enhanced Ebooks Haven’t Taken Off (Or, Evan Schnittman Was Right… For the Most Part) | Digital Book World | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
According to a recent article on the Futurebook blog, so far no publisher has proven that Evan Schnittman, industry thought-leader and current executive vice
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Social Media Resources 101 for the School Librarian

Social Media Resources 101 for the School Librarian | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Virginia middle school librarian Lauren McBride presents some must-have links and resources for librarians looking to hone their social media expertise. An expert in social media, McBride maintains her school's Twitter page, participates in a weekly Twitter chat hosted by the Virginia Association of School Librarians, and next month will lead a professional development

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Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, May 22, 11:07 AM

I know you are at least as busy as I am, but these resources are really helpful and interesting for librarians. 

Zarah Gagatiga's curator insight, May 25, 5:02 PM

Twitter as PLN.

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Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
I'm eight years old, reading the latest issues from Detective Comics. As much as I admire the pictures, I'm paying particular attention to the writing. I'm motivated to truly understand what's happen
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Tech project changed how we view our librarians

Tech project changed how we view our librarians | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Public education is embarking on a digital transformation. We are shifting from consumption-based learning to creation-based learning. These are moves in the right direction, but they require us to pr
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Damien Kempf • A medieval comic book This a page from the Bible...

Damien Kempf • A medieval comic book This a page from the Bible... | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
A medieval comic book
This a page from the Bible of Stephen Harding, a manuscript produced in the early 12th century (Dijon, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 14). These scenes, which recount the life of...
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School Libraries are Essential to the 'Library Ecosystem'

School Libraries are Essential to the 'Library Ecosystem' | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 11, 10:42 PM

From ALA President, Barb Stripling: Libraries of all types work together as part of a library ecosystem to deliver learning opportunities for people of all ages. However, a threat to one part of the system stresses the entire system.

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, May 12, 1:16 AM

"In April, the American Library Association and the nation celebrated School Library Month. Libraries of all types work together as part of a library ecosystem to deliver learning opportunities for people of all ages. However, a threat to one part of the system stresses the entire system. At this moment, we are facing a serious threat to school libraries."

 
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Raise a Reader Infogram

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 10, 8:48 PM

Here is a great infographic to share with parents as schools come to an end (at least in my state). Learn some of the many reasons why it is important for students to have parents (or siblings, friends, etc.) read to them after school is out. Learn some of the statistics for students whom have too much screen time and the best places to keep books in your house.

Terri Goldson's curator insight, June 12, 3:32 AM

Reading is a fundamental skill that all children must develop. The foundation for the joy of reading can be developed at home. Check out the info-chart, read, learn, explore and form your own opinion.  ....Knowledge IS Power!   Terri Goldson, Sr

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15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

"Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 14, 6:21 PM

This infographic is designed for college, but in fact the rules apply to students of all ages. Teaching students how to be good citizens online is a component of digital citizenship. The 15 rules in the infographic are wise to follow not only on online discussion boards, but may be considered a foundation to build your digital identity, tattoo, footprint...you choose the word that works best for you.

With younger students we may need to modify some language or introduce the rules over a period of time, helping them to learn just what good netiquette is.

Kimberly House's curator insight, June 15, 10:31 AM

Fabulous graphic to post in the classroom (and for teachers too!)

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Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014 | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Standards of Practice for School Libraries in Canada from the Voices for School Libraries Network of the Canadian Library Association

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lyn_hay's curator insight, June 4, 5:27 PM

This is an important and timely document for teacher librarians worldwide. This document presents a vision-building blueprint for school communities to transform their school library into a 21C learning centre. Strengths of this document include the standards framework for building a vision, and the transitional growth continuum of indicators of success from Exploring through to Leading - this is brilliant!

This is a must read for all school library professionals and principals.

Carey Leahy's curator insight, June 5, 12:16 AM

Great 'Proforma' to follow when moving the Library to a learning 'hub' in a school.

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DC Public Schools Looking to Hire 30 Media Specialists

DC Public Schools Looking to Hire 30 Media Specialists | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

In early April 2014, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president Gail Dickinson says she received the news thatDC Public Schools (DCPS)—in Washington, DC—was heavily recruiting school library media specialists (SLMS), with as many as 30 openings. According to Dickinson, the recruiting likely stems from a combination of postponed retirements and added positions.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, May 31, 1:52 PM

Great to see an improvement in the economy is allowing for school library media specialists to be employed.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 31, 4:08 PM

Hooray!  Talented TLs, please apply.

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Top Twitter Hashtags for Librarians

Top Twitter Hashtags for Librarians | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Are you ready to become a tweetbrarian? Twitter is a fantastic tool for engaging with other librarians, monitoring LIS trends and debates in real time, and gathering unfiltered insights and inspira...

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Carissa Davenport's curator insight, May 29, 8:06 AM

Interesting, I don't use twitter nearly as much as I probably should!

Glenda Morris's curator insight, May 30, 1:49 PM

Some important Twitter hashtags for TLS

congerjan's curator insight, May 31, 3:18 PM

Twitter is one of the best places to find out how other librarians are handeling the Common Core in their libraries and classes.

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Full-time School Librarians Linked to Higher St...

Full-time School Librarians Linked to Higher St... | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
"According to new research from Library Research Services, which reviewed standardized test scores from Colorado schools in 2005 and 2011, reading scores statistically increased when schools retained or gained a school librarian.

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Libraries Forge New Roles in Digital Content Ecosystem, New Report Says | Digital Book World

Libraries Forge New Roles in Digital Content Ecosystem, New Report Says | Digital Book World | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
As the digital publishing landscape evolves, public and school libraries are striving to redefine their roles while shoring up their missions. Today, they're
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Elco school board fends off angry parents about changing librarian to library aide - Lebanon Daily News

Elco school board fends off angry parents about changing librarian to library aide Lebanon Daily News Myerstown >> About 30 parents of Elco District students attended Monday evening's school board meeting to air their feelings over a proposed...

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, May 15, 12:40 AM

An example of a school board expecting an aide to deliver a reading program and provide "non-certified" instruction. What does that really mean? Bravo to the parents who tried to stop this action in their school district. Employ an aide and a certified teacher librarian to deliver a quality education and library service to the whole school community and stop using limited funds as the reason for why you need to cut back on this important component of the modern learning environment of every child. 

Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, May 19, 1:45 PM

We need a lot more of this. 

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20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries

20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
A list of most creative, award-winning print ads for books, bookshops and libraries.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 26, 1:48 PM

These ads will make you smile.  Take a quick peek.  Maybe they'll inspire you!

Anna Rauvenpoor's curator insight, May 29, 8:44 AM

I will be shamelessly stealing some of these great ideas.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 30, 6:34 AM

Nice one for a Friday! Have a good weekend! 

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Digital divide, lack of certified librarians 'a national crisis' | eSchool News | eSchool News

Digital divide, lack of certified librarians 'a national crisis' | eSchool News | eSchool News | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Panelists spoke at the National Press Club about how educators and librarians can respond to the "second wave of the digital divide."
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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy

The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, May 30, 4:10 AM

Doug Belshaw on digital literacy: meme, remix and other elements of #digitalliteracy >> digital literacies

Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, May 31, 7:06 PM

Really valuable for iLearn and developing a focus on Inquiry

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, June 6, 5:40 AM

I love this list: cultural, cognitive, constructive, communicative, confident, creative, critical, and civic. I think my fave right now is "critical"

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In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does. | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

In Brief: The outputs librarians are measuring are not directly associated with specific practices that lead to improved lives for the people we serve. If we cannot make that connection, we have no way of knowing how well we are doing our jobs. This article suggests four measurable outcomes that libraries and librarians could use to make sure their activities are improving their constituents’ well-being, and also use in comparing their effectiveness with each other, allowing less effective libraries to learn from libraries that are achieving greater levels of success.


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Alyson Tyler's comment, May 8, 5:33 AM
Thanks for sharing, a great read.
Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 8, 7:28 AM

Ideas for truer measures of effectiveness and accountability.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 8, 7:28 AM

Ideas for truer measures of effectiveness and accountability.