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School libraries are an indispensible function in education. Adopt the school library function in your school and improve the learning results.
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Critical Thinking On The Web

Critical Thinking On The Web | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
A directory of quality online resources for critical thinking.

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First Results from PA’s IMLS-Funded 21st Century School Library Infrastructure Study | Keith Curry Lance

First Results from PA’s IMLS-Funded 21st Century School Library Infrastructure Study | Keith Curry Lance | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

In 2011, school libraries throughout Pennsylvania responded to a survey commissioned by the state legislature. The survey asked questions about school library staffing, staff activities, collections, technology, hours and access, visits, expenditures, and more. The results of this analysis are being released over the next several weeks in a series of PowerPoint presentations.


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Information Literacy Summit

Information Literacy Summit | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
For IL library peeps: Registration is open for the Information Literacy Summit!
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School Library Month History | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Library Month History | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
School Library Month History (It's School Library Month!
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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
RT @hdstapleton: A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians: http://t.co/zHjzKgMD via @AddThis...

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Rethinking the Library to Improve Information Literacy

Rethinking the Library to Improve Information Literacy | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
In January 2007, I was hired by Springfield Township School District to teach English.
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Computer literacy vital to education: Maryam Nawaz - The Nation, Pakistan

Computer literacy vital to education: Maryam Nawaz - The Nation, Pakistan | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The Nation, PakistanComputer literacy vital to education: Maryam NawazThe Nation, PakistanLAHORE – Computer literacy is of vital importance in today's education system, said PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz while addressing students at the laptop...
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One-to-one: Bring your own device revolution

This bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach raises many questions, in addition
to promising many benefits. How do you know if such a policy will work for your
school? What do you do about kids who don’t have devices? Will teachers accept
this change in their classrooms? Is your broadband service strong enough? If not,
can you afford to upgrade? In other words, how can you best put such a program
into place? convergemag talked to school administrators and technical officers to find out the best practices they have learned from their BYOD implementations. Their
advice is gathered here, along with checklists to help guide you on the path
to BYOD.


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A study of the information search behaviour of the millennial generation

A study of the information search behaviour of the millennial generation | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Members of the millennial generation (born after 1982) have come of age in a society infused with technology and information. It is unclear how they determine the validity of information gathered, or whether or not validity is even a concern. Previous information search models based on mediated searches with different age groups may not adequately describe the search behaviours of ....

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School Libraries On The Agenda!

School Libraries On The Agenda! | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The Joint Committee of the IFLA Section of SLRC and IASL is delighted to announce that the Joint Committee has been awarded funding by the Professional Committee of IFLA for year one of a two-year project to develop a module of training materials for school library advocacy titled “School Libraries on the Agenda.” Current members of the Joint Committee are: Randi Lundvall, Norway (Chair of IFLA Section of SLRC); Diljit Singh (President of IASL); Dianne Oberg, Canada (Joint Committee Chair); Luisa Marquardt, Italy; Lourense Das, Netherlands; Lesley Farmer, USA.

 

The original idea for the project came from Lesley Farmer. Ellen Tise, then-President of IFLA, met with the Joint Committee in Jamaica in August 2011 and encouraged the committee to go forward with a proposal to IFLA for funding of the project. IASL and IFLA SLRC are uniting their efforts to develop school library advocacy materials that will contribute to IFLA’s Building Stronger Library Associations initiative and to IFLA’s Online Learning Platform. The project is designed to contribute to improving school libraries and to enhance the leadership skills of those involved in school library development in both of the two school library groups.

 

The online training materials will include topic such as association development, communication skills, professional development design, and collaboration and advocacy skills.


A wiki has been established as an on-going work space for the committee. The
committee will begin its work by collecting and analyzing school library advocacy materials available in English, including those developed by school library associations in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada and elsewhere. The plan for trialing and revising of the advocacy materials includes face-to-face workshops in conjunction with the IASL conference in Doha, Qatar in November 2012 and the IFLA conference in Singapore in August 2013. The committee also hopes to test the materials in an online workshop with IFLA / IASL members before adding them to IFLA’s Online Learning Platform.

Dianne Oberg, Chair

Joint Committee of IASL / IFLA SLRC

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Libraries in Action! School library leaders featured each month.

Libraries in Action! School library leaders featured each month. | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
A new feature on CDE's Highly Effective School Library web page is that each month, there will be featured school libraries of the month. Now, you can see what different school library leaders are doing.

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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
G. Randy Kasten is an attorney and author of Just Trust Me: Finding the Truth in a World of Spin.
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The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students

The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

"First, it is forward looking, drawing on present trends toward the convergence of radio, television, Internet, newspapers, books, digital archives and libraries into one platform – thereby, for the first time, presenting MIL in a holistic manner. Second, it is specifically designed with teachers in mind and for integration into the formal teacher education system, thus launching a catalytic process which should reach and build capacities of millions of young people."

 


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Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: Science | Powerful Learning Practice

Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: Science | Powerful Learning Practice | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? It means I lecture less, and my students explore more. It means that I create a classroom where students encounter concepts, via labs and other methods, before they necessarily understand all the specifics of what is happening.


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How does the student/teacher relationship (roles?) have to change so that opportunities are created to develop the charachteristics or skills called for by 21st Century models of learning?

How does the student/teacher relationship (roles?) have to change so that opportunities are created to develop the charachteristics or skills called for by 21st Century models of learning? | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
I have been thinking about 21st Century fluencies/competencies/skills - whatever name you ascribe to. I gave a talk to a group of educators about the need for change and what that change might look like.
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Apomediary as an information professional engaging in apomediation

Apomediary as an information professional engaging in apomediation | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

With a greater use of mobile technologies and the always-connected user, the digital context heralds a change – instead of intermediaries we have the apomediaries who “stand by” as guides whose advice, direction and intervention is optional.

 


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Open Thinking Wiki | TechAndMediaLiteracyVids

Open Thinking Wiki | TechAndMediaLiteracyVids | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
90+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy

Over the past few years, I have been collecting interesting Internet videos that would be appropriate for lessons and presentations, or personal research, related to technological and media literacy. Here are 70+ videos organized into various sub-categories. These videos are of varying quality, cross several genres, and are of varied suitability for classroom use.

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E-literacy: Think differently, act differently, learn differently ...

The day began with a presentation by Dr Ross Todd from the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries at Rutgers University. Dr. Todd spoke passionately about the positive influence that school librarians can ...
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Teacher Education and 21st Century Skills

In the 21st century, the most perceptive educational thinkers recognize that something new is happening to learning. Models of providing an education that de...
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School Library Month April 2012 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Library Month April 2012 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.

 


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Museum Box tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period

Museum Box tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Welcome to Museum Box,

 

This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary?

 

You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.


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Best practices for using games and simulations in the classroom

Best practices for using games and simulations in the classroom | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

We then conducted an online focus group of classroom practitioners, and also interviewed executives from companies and organizations that develop educational games and simulations. We found that for implementation of EduGames to be successful, there are three sequential steps or phases that need effective deployment.


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Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation

Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

"Inquiry" is defined as "a seeking for truth, information, or knowledge -- seeking information by questioning." Individuals carry on the process of inquiry from the time they are born until they die. ...  Unfortunately, our traditional educational system has worked in a way that discourages the natural process of inquiry. Students become less prone to ask questions as they move through the grade levels. In traditional schools, students learn not to ask too many questions, instead to listen and repeat the expected answers."


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