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From Chalkboards to Tablets

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As the digital learner has emerged over the past ten years, we have noticed a significant shift in the student perspective on using technology for learning.  To bring new insights and context to this digital learning metamorphosis, “From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Emergence of the K-12 Digital Learner” examines the current views of students from Kindergarten through 12th grade with a special look at digital learners in third, sixth, ninth and twelfth grades.


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From Chalkboards to tablets: the emergence of the K12 digital learner - report (free download) from Tomorrow.org

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 29, 2013 1:21 AM

With Smartphone use by our students on the rise and tablet access on the increase, this is a must read.

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State Of America's School Libraries

State Of America's School Libraries | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Providing our children with the best educational resources and empowering all our children to access, evaluate, and use information for academic and personal learning - this is the critical mission of school libraries and librarians.

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Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association, provides overview of the situation of school libraries in the USA.

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Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association, gives an overview of the state of play for school libraries in the USA. Constant cut budgetary cutbacks will have a long term effect on the education of our young people.

 

"School librarians make a significant difference in student achievement and their work is a critical component of the success of all of our children."

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:26 AM

Maureen Sullivan é a presidente da Associação Americana de Bibliotecas (ALA). 

"The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with 58,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information."

Providing our children with the best educational resources and empowering all our children to access, evaluate, and use information for academic and personal learning - this is the critical mission of school libraries and librarians.

Proporcionar aos nossos alunos os melhores recursos educacionais e capacitá-los para aceder, avaliar e usar a informação em contexto académico ou pessoal-  é a missão fundamental das bibliotecas escolares e bibliotecários.

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New School Library Statistics Available in AASL’s School Libraries Count! 2012 Report

New School Library Statistics Available in AASL’s School Libraries Count! 2012 Report | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

According to trend data collected by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), library staffing , expenditures and physical usage remains consistent with 2011 results. The data also indicates connectivity to the school library continues to rise through increased networked computers in the school as well as remote access to school library databases. Data was collected as part of AASL’s national longitudinal survey, School Libraries Count! (SLC), conducted yearly since 2007.


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Teen Social Media Infographic from Common Sense Media | Common Sense Media

Teen Social Media Infographic from Common Sense Media | Common Sense Media | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Infographic on social media use by teens in the USA.


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5 Literacies >> Pennsylvania Library Association

5 Literacies >> Pennsylvania Library Association | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

There are five kinds of literacy — who knew? Three years in the planning, the Pennsylvania Library Association has launched an initiative called “PA Forward Pennsylvania Libraries” designed to make public, academic and school libraries across Pennsylvania a community center of information, technology, and learning, ideally leading to a better quality of life for its users.

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Choose Privacy Week May 1-7

ALA has developed the following resources to help school librarians convene forums and moderate discussions on privacy (with students, with faculty) in conjunction with Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7, 2012

 

Guide for Moderators

<http://www.privacyrevolution.org/images/uploads/ModeratorGuide.pdf>;
(PDF download): This document outlines the steps and process for a moderator to

convene a discussion on privacy in your school. This PDF contains the information necessary for moderators of a forum on privacy.

http://www.privacyrevolution.org/images/uploads/ModeratorGuide.pdf

 

Guide for Participants

<http://www.privacyrevolution.org/images/uploads/ParticipantGuide.pdf>;
(PDF download): This document can be distributed to students, faculty or parents

for a discussion on privacy. It provides an overview of the deliberative process and outlines the privacy issues to be considered.

http://www.privacyrevolution.org/images/uploads/ParticipantGuide.pdf

 

In addition, school librarians attending the ALA Annual Meeting in Anaheim,

CA can learn how to convene forums and moderate community discussions about

privacy at the preconference sponsored by the ALA Center for Civic Life and

the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable. "Who Do I Trust to Protect My Privacy?

A Privacy Conversation Deliberative Forum and Moderator Training" will
take place on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Anaheim

Convention Center Room 303C. To register, sign in to the ALA Conference

Registratio http://alaannual.org/content/register-now-0 ; click on Preconferences and Events, and scroll down to IFRT.

 

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Debbie Abilock

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Gateway News - Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries

Gateway News - Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

“These school libraries should be proud of this achievement,” said Eugene Hainer, assistant commissioner and state librarian at CDE. “Libraries remain one of the critical links to 21st century skills and literacy acquisition, and the students will benefit immeasurably from the district’s support of these highly effective programs.”

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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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Survive and Thrive! An Advocacy Toolkit for School Librarians from CASL

Survive and Thrive! An Advocacy Toolkit for School Librarians from CASL | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

We believe that School Librarians are uniquely qualified to teach to and assist in the implementation of the new standards; they are 21st Century skills experts.


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Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning

Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, which explored the values of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey.


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Letter about recommended librarian cuts in Jefferson County, CO | Keith Curry Lance

Letter about recommended librarian cuts in Jefferson County, CO | Keith Curry Lance | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Last week, Keith sent the following letter to the superintendent and board of Jefferson County Public Schools here in Colorado. Keith has stated, "Feel free to adapt this language for your own letter, or be in touch if you’d like a version of it over my signature."


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White House Petition on School Libraries

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School librarians trying to survive budget cuts - SignOnSanDiego.com

School librarians trying to survive budget cuts - SignOnSanDiego.com | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
School librarians trying to survive budget cutsSignOnSanDiego.comCarr stood before school board trustees last month, pleading to keep his post as the district librarian – a role he had just moved into after 10 years of working as a teacher and a...
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First education bill in decades acknowledges effective school library programs | ALA

The American Library Association would like to thank Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) for their leadership in including strong provisions for effective school library programs in the Strengthening America’s Schools Act that was introduced on Tuesday. The bill is the first to recognize the role school library programs play in student learning since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, June 5, 2013 5:14 PM

Definitely need access to school library advocates in the political sector to help move the agenda along.

Keith Koehler's curator insight, September 3, 2013 9:08 PM

Washington acknowledges the importance of school libraries

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Tales from a Loud Librarian: Policy Change for School Libraries in Louisiana

Tales from a Loud Librarian: Policy Change for School Libraries in Louisiana | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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"Excuse me? I am not important? Library resources are not important for educating our students? I beg to differ. I offer so much to the faculty and students at my school. I opened the library in 2006 with 1800 books on the shelves....."

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Let’s read them a story! Helping your children succeed in school

Let’s read them a story! Helping your children succeed in school | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Today’s post is from Anne-Lise Prigent, the editor in charge of education publications at OECD Publishing “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” said Mark Twain. Well, wa...
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Aren't we already the “digital literacy corps”? Employ trained, certified professionals please

Aren't we already the “digital literacy corps”? Employ trained, certified professionals please | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Fran Bullington - As an educator, I realize the importance of information and digital literacy. As a school librarian, I have been trained to teach information literacy skills. I collaborate with classroom teachers to teach lessons in which I incorporate these skills.However, the recession has had an enormous impact on school libraries. Many programs have been completely cut; others are being run by volunteers rather than a certified school librarian; and other programs have lost their assistants, whose job of handling routine procedures freed the school librarian to plan with teachers.

 

I noticed that the FCC is considering “a proposal to spend $200 million to create a digital literacy corps. This group of hundreds, even thousands, of trainers would fan out to schools and libraries to teach productive uses of computers for parents, students and job seekers.”

 

Although I applaud the intent of teaching digital literacy skills to our students, I question the expenditure of these funds. Why not instead funnel these funds into school library programs to allow trained, certified professionals to teach the skills?

I look forward to hearing from you on this vital issue.


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The need to shift and widen school library advocacy efforts - Gary Hartzell

For more than twenty years, school librarians have focused the largest portion of their advocacy efforts on individual principals, superintendents, and board members, struggling to convince them that libraries should be integral and institutionalized elements of K-12 education. It hasn’t worked.


Libraries and librarians remain frighteningly vulnerable to cuts, even elimination, in schools everywhere. These individualized field-based advocacy efforts may have forestalled greater disaster, but they have not and cannot by themselves make libraries and librarians secure in our schools.


To do that librarians need to widen their advocacy efforts and give priority to two new targets: (1) the educational administration (Ed Ad) professors who shape beginning administrators’ perceptions and values and (2) the professional associations that have a powerful influence on how administrators approach their work challenges once they are in the field. In effect, this widening represents a shift from battling for current school leaders’ support to preemptively conditioning the next generation of administrators to support libraries as they take up their new responsibilities.


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White House Petition – The Response

White House Petition – The Response | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

“School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community."


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The joint-use college/public library

ALA Press Release on new publication.
The joint-use college/public library can be one solution to serving patrons while managing overextended resources. Published by ALA Editions, “Joint Libraries: Models That Work” scrutinizes the successes and failures of the joint-use model. Authors Claire B. Gunnels, Susan E. Green and Patricia M. Butler, three founding faculty librarians of a joint-use college/public library, discuss the factors that should go into evaluating when and where a joint library is suitable. Incorporating lessons learned from five case studies

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NY Schools Need School Librarians

This video features three leaders in the school library field who speak to the importance of certified school librarians in New York schools.

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Joint Use Library - Virginia Beach

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$53 million investment for joint use library of Tidewater community college and public library in Virginia Beach

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School libraries in Palo Alto embrace digital age

School libraries in Palo Alto embrace digital age | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
As technology spawns a profusion of student options for researching and completing school projects, Palo Alto's two high school libraries have remade themselves into gathering spots not just for reading and researching but for watching, playing and...
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American Library Association Invites President Obama on a School Library Tour

American Library Association Invites President Obama on a School Library Tour | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The American Library Association commends the First Family for its service to a school library on Martin Luther King Day.
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Good News on the Road to ESEA | American Libraries Magazine

Good News on the Road to ESEA | American Libraries Magazine | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.
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