I'm trying to stay tuned in what's happening in the field of information literacy, school libraries, ICT and learning. I'm working on my PhD degree and working as a full time children's librarian. By curating I'm also trying to bring up some of the latest discussions to my colleagues in Finland and abroad. Let's get inspired!
School library marketing has to begin and end with impact. It has to be about what we do for our kids, our teachers, our communities and why it's important. It has to be about outcomes and the message that "we're all in this together" or, put another way, that we care just as much about student success as any other teacher in the building.
"Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible."
As part of the design-build classes of Project H, the kids at this Berkeley school created a new room in their school--and rethought the bookshelf in...
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"None of them actually used the word library," Pilloton says. "They all said, we want a place to explore. I thought that was really a poignant way to put it. A library is not just a room filled with books."
The School Libraries section of the 2014 State of America's Libraries Report provides an overview of the top school library trends of the past year. School libraries are at a critical point: Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards. The American Library Association (ALA) is undertaking an advocacy campaign for school libraries that sets goals in five critical areas.
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Join us as we investigate how to implement inquiry-based learning in our grade 5/6 classroom (grade 4/5 - 2013/2014). We've added a new tab on our website that is connected to the work we are doing in inquiry to support the curriculum roll-out of the "New Ontario Revised Social Studies, History & Geography" (2013) document. This document focus' on the inquiry process and concepts of disciplinary thinking. We are pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the roll-out team for the Ministry of Education.
March , 2014 Integrating digital storytelling requires more than just knowledge of the web tools to use for creating and sharing digital stories, the process if much more important. Helping kids and...
Are there still jobs for librarians? artsHub Australia (subscription) Mary Mavroudis, Information Specialist at a university library for the past 18 years, similarly perceived fundamental changes to her role.
danah boyd (she doesn’t capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, and she’s made it available as a free PDF. On her website she writes, “I didn’t write this book to make money. I wrote this book to reach as wide of an audience as I possibly could.