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Iowa School Libraries : A Student Centered Vision

What does a 21st Century school library look like in Iowa? What should administrators expect from Teacher Librarians? Video presented by Iowa Association of ...
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All ideas & topics connected to student learning!  School libraries are changing into more than depositories of books.  They are the learning commons - the center of a school.
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Mozilla Webmaker Web Literacy Resources

Mozilla Webmaker Web Literacy Resources | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
We're a global community dedicated to teaching digital skills and web literacy. We explore, tinker and create together to build a web that's open and made by everyone.
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Marking this for a makerspace resource for after-school teen techies.

 

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5 Reasons to Get More Girls Playing Minecraft

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5 Reasons to Get More Girls Playing Minecraft
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Enter Minecraft ($20), a building-blocks video game that forces players to use both the creative and logical sides of their brains.

Via David W. Deeds
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Definite place to start with building an online makerspace for school libraries.

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20 Fun Activities for Learning with Legos - K12 - Learning Liftoff - Free Parenting, Education, and Homeschooling Resources

20 Fun Activities for Learning with Legos - K12 - Learning Liftoff - Free Parenting, Education, and Homeschooling Resources | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Try these 20 fun activities for learning with legos!
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Make notes for #makerspace in the school library or classroom.  Need to remember to ask teachers before summer break, to donate any "left-over" Legos that they may have in their basements.

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Missouri Assn of School Librarians: Makerspaces Talk

Missouri Assn of School Librarians: Makerspaces Talk | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Good afternoon! I'm happy to get to talk about our Michigan Makers work with Missouri school librarians this afternoon. You can find the slides here and a list of possible maker activities and medi...
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Love this list of possible maker activities and media.

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How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning (EdSurge News)

How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning (EdSurge News) | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Imagine, if you can, a school where students do not have specific teachers assigned to them, nor do teachers have specific students on their roster.Imagine a school where students come each day with a list of standards to work on and accomplish--right when they walk in the door. They can go to the teacher of their choice in order to accomplish the completion of these standards. Or, they can do them on their own in any setting they wish, as long as they maintain accomplishing the minimum amount of standards in a minimum amount of time. Some students, for example, may work individually in the media center not having to go to any classroom."

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As a school librarian, this would just truly turn a school media center into a learning commons for all students and teachers.

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Technology Trends in Libraries for 2014

Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. This workshop introduces emer...

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Awesome take-aways to look at for your school library.

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Tetris in the sky: Gamers play on Philly building

Tetris in the sky: Gamers play on Philly building | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Robinson, 30, was among the hundreds of Tetris fans who had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre in downtown Philadelphia. The hundreds of LED lights embedded in the building's glass facade normally display colorful patterns. On Saturday night, images of supersized shapes "fell" on two sides of the mirrored tower as competitors used joysticks to maneuver them, creating a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped inspired onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology. Lee, a game designer who oversaw creation of the giant display, said putting it on an office building was like making a huge virtual campfire.

Via David W. Deeds
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Just Wow! Wonder if ISTE 2015 can set this up for the conference in Philly? Can you imagine the social media geekiness for that night?!

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 6, 1:33 PM

Now this is geeky-cool stuff. ;)

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Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM | School Library Journal

Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM | School Library Journal | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Does STEAM really belong in a library?

STEAM has great potential for school and public libraries because it taps into children’s natural interests while also facilitating informal learning. In a school library setting, that translates to enriching activities that might otherwise become too rigidly restrained to a single discipline. A child might love learning about controlled explosions in chemistry class. But she has to wait, perhaps as long as a few years, until the appropriate unit in social studies to learn about bombs in wartime—and then loop back to her technical understanding of explosive materials. Not so with STEAM in which the science, design, and history of an invention are all combined—just as they are in actuality..."

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Great ideas to crosswalk AASL, CCSS, and the new Next Generation Science Standards.

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Cheaper 3D Printers Revealed At CES 2014

Cheaper 3D Printers Revealed At CES 2014 | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The da Vinci 3D printer from XYZprinting Inc. was introduced at CES.
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Maker-space! Price point of $499 and can make smartphone covers?! Dude....I can just see the students lined up to make their own personalized phone covers and other goodies!

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Linda Dougherty: First Class School

Linda Dougherty: First Class School | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

How things have changed in our classrooms - a look back at a Missouri Department of Education giving a rural school a First Class certification.  

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An interesting reminder of how education has changed.

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Five Resources to Meet the Common Core in a Literature Classroom | Facing History and Ourselves

Five Resources to Meet the Common Core in a Literature Classroom | Facing History and Ourselves | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Facing History and Ourselves has teaching strategies, primary source documents, and multimedia tools that can help you meet the Common Core State Standards in your literature classroom.
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English Language Arts: Nice resource to dig into deeper to connect teachers with Common Core resources.

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Minecraft  | LEGO Shop

Minecraft  | LEGO Shop | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Build a mini model of the game that’s sweeping the Internet with a LEGO® microbuild version of Minecraft!

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gwynethjones's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:57 PM

Legos + Minecraft = Geeky AWESOME! $35 set - Let your Geek flag fly! Via @streetlogics

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Welcome to the SOMS Library - Open Letter for Parents

Welcome to the SOMS Library - Open Letter for Parents | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
“ Dear SOMS Families,The library program has some exciting opportunities in store for your child this year:Our program will be promoting...”
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Locker Libraries! Perfect idea to use instead of making my own Little Libraries.
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31 Incredible Bulletin Boards For Back To School

31 Incredible Bulletin Boards For Back To School | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Looking to refresh your classroom for back to school? Take your pick from 31 flavors of bulletin board.


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gwynethjones's curator insight, August 16, 11:24 AM

I wonder if that Readbox is Tiff's!

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A Look At Using 3D Pens In The Classroom

A Look At Using 3D Pens In The Classroom | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The recent 3D printing explosion on the educational market has left many educators wondering how they can afford to integrate this technology into the classroom.
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Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons..."


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 6, 4:31 PM

Create a learning experience for your students.

Mary Clark's curator insight, April 20, 4:36 PM

Still contemplating this.  I'll have a better idea of space once we complete some minor renovations this summer in the library.


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ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning

ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Maker movement is poised to transform learning in our schools.
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Picked up the idea of an interest survey for students as we plan a maker space for the school library.

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ALA releases 2014 State of America's Libraries Report - NEWS.GNOM.ES

ALA releases 2014 State of America's Libraries Report - NEWS.GNOM.ES | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
ALA releases 2014 State of America's Libraries Report NEWS.GNOM.ES But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center's...
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‘Unsung Hero’: The Tear-Jerking Insurance Company Ad That’s Gone Viral In Two Days

‘Unsung Hero’: The Tear-Jerking Insurance Company Ad That’s Gone Viral In Two Days | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Grab a couple of tissues before you push the play button on the clip attached below. The video, titled "Unsung Hero," was posted online just three days ago and is nearing the 1 million view mark. It was produced by the Thai Life Insurance company, a Bangkok-based group...
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A definite share with teachers and students - especially fitting with character education to show the power of random acts of kindness.  

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What Path Will Your School Take?

What Path Will Your School Take? | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
From flipped classrooms to maker spaces, schools take diverse approaches to exploring education technology. Any of these pathways can lead to rethinking teaching and learning.
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Wouldn't it be wonderful to add school libraries as the hub - learning commons - for schools to implement these different approaches to learning?

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Almost Savvy

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Helping you get started with social media and tech
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Meet Irene Koehler! Teacher Librarians, her blog is a must read for branding your library or yourself in your PLN.  Check out the Twitter, Google+, and other social media guides.

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Why do libraries still "rule the world"? - Online Cultus

Why do libraries still "rule the world"? - Online Cultus | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
“Online Cultus (Why do libraries still "rule the world"? http://t.co/r0vDoa4XBi)”
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Interactive and online - Museum of Science and Industry | Online Science

Interactive and online - Museum of Science and Industry | Online Science | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Navigating the Digital Shift - Implementation Strategies - Free eBook


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Free copy of Invent to Learn for educators

Free copy of Invent to Learn for educators | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"For a limited time, the Kindle (e-book) version of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom http://amzn.to/1529LDo ; is FREE!

Read the book leading technology journalist Larry Magid called "the bible of the Maker Movement in schools".

From Wednesday, September 18 through Friday, September 20, 2013 the Kindle version of Invent to Learn will be free. (Start and end times are approximately midnight Pacific time.)

Don't delay, don't miss out! Three days only!"


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Diane Therrien's comment, September 21, 2013 9:43 AM
Thank you John for starting the communication on this one...:-)
Diane Therrien's comment, September 21, 2013 9:43 AM
Thank you John for starting the communication on this one...:-)
María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 23, 2013 7:25 AM
Amazing¡¡¡