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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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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

Almost Savvy | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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¡¡¡
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Why We Must Recreate the Wheel

Why We Must Recreate the Wheel | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
First of all, I must apologize to the physics people out there who read the title and expected this article to explain a new three-dimensional figure that would redefine transport and how we think ab
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Libraries Changed My Life | A Platform for Patron Advocates | School Library Journal

Libraries Changed My Life | A Platform for Patron Advocates | School Library Journal | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
RT @LibrariansBuild: Libraries Changed My Life | A Platform for Patron Advocates | School Library Journal http://t.co/PMXSRQZkuX
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Advocating for ALL libraries is a daily vocation.

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Tech Transformation: What is the role of a technology integration specialist?

Tech Transformation: What is the role of a technology integration specialist? | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Good list of to check off for a school librarian - media specialist - teacher librarian.

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Twitter / scsdmedia: First education bill in decades ...

Twitter / scsdmedia: First education bill in decades ... | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

  First education bill in decades acknowledges effective school library programs
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Time to email your congressperson to support this bill!

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Shots of color: A school library transformed | Library as Incubator Project

Shots of color: A school library transformed | Library as Incubator Project | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Over the last 5-6 years I have transformed the space to bring in color, a variety of spaces conducive to both individual, small group, and large group work, reconfigured library computer placement, and display/teaching space. The county approved new lighting and it was installed last summer. I painted plain beige columns with the colors of the rainbow and a parent volunteer painted a beautiful new entry-way highlighting the rainbow theme. ~ Susan Grigsby


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This reminds me the high school library needs color!

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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, June 15, 2013 8:37 AM

Some great ideas! 

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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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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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Our Schools, Cut Off From the Web

Our Schools, Cut Off From the Web | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Educational achievement, a healthy population, political participation and economic opportunity depend in significant ways on how we structure and manage our spreading digital frontier.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 17, 2013 12:00 PM

Commenting on Obama's declaration of high-speed Internet "in nearly every public school" in the context of President Clinton saying virtually the same thing in 1996, Luis Ubinas makes some astute observations on our progress. AND notes that the key is the library & librarian. True. No matter how well-connected & speedy the Internet is, there is still a dire need for someone in the school to TEACH KIDS HOW TO USE IT PROPERLY.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 17, 2013 6:53 PM

So there is a digital divide.

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, July 5, 2013 11:43 AM
A digital divide AND an instructional divide. When libraries are left unfunded for years at a time and librarians are fired, laid off, or shoved back into the classroom then valuable information literacy instruction is lost to countless students.
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Bringing Geometry to Life with Twitter / interview with Jessica Caviness about learning with Twitter

Bringing Geometry to Life with Twitter / interview with Jessica Caviness about learning with Twitter | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Alan speaks to geometry teacher, Jessica Caviness. The two discuss Jessica’s use of Twitter to engage students in real-life applications of geometry.
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Mark this as a SHARE with Mathematics teachers.  Adding this to Math and the Common Core list.

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3 Ways Colleges Can Reconfigure Computer Labs

3 Ways Colleges Can Reconfigure Computer Labs | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Bentley University transformed a largely forgotten, dreary lab space into a campus hotspot.
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Learning Commons called a Sandbox for group collaboration and just hanging out

 

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