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It’s Not Word Bling: 7 Interesting Ways You Can Play With Word Clouds

It’s Not Word Bling: 7 Interesting Ways You Can Play With Word Clouds | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
We, the denizens of the Web, who live and work here also call them as tag clouds. Call them “word clouds” or “tag clouds” – they are visualization tools that helps your brain process information in a rather unique way.
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How To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic

How To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
You can actually use Instragram in the classroom and library. Here are a few simple ways that should help you start trying something new!

Via David Miller
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How to use instagram in school AND in libraries...

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hedgeshandy's comment, October 17, 2013 3:29 AM
Its trendy :)
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Flipping The Library Classroom for Information Literacy - Connect Learning Today

Flipping The Library Classroom for Information Literacy - Connect Learning Today | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Like many Teaching Librarians across the country, the librarian position in my school had been reduced to part-time before I came to the school.
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Great job!! this really woke some ideas and especially happy that these methods are used in information literacy issues!

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Digital Activities For Visual Literacy

Digital Activities For Visual Literacy | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Visual literacy is the ability to construct meaning from or communicate meaning through information presented in the form of an image. While it may seem like this could only be applicable to the el...

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Great tools for teaching visual literacy!

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Patty Ball's curator insight, August 17, 2013 12:39 PM

tools and apps to aid in visual literacy

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, August 19, 2013 2:41 AM

Great lists of apps and websites to help learners present information, their ideas and research in new ways 

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How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores - Teachers With Apps

How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores - Teachers With Apps | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores
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"Among the many benefits, audiobooks:

reinforce literacy skills.supplement reading instruction to develop a positive attitude towards literature.develop understanding of content area material when decoding or other literacy skills are delayed.model the appropriate use of oral vocabulary, fluent reading, and use of phonics.bring literature from the classroom to home and back on a portable device."

And a great infographic to go with it!

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Using technology to engage reluctant readers

Using technology to engage reluctant readers | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it

"There’s been some recent research from the National Literacy Trust showing that more and more children are reading from the screen of an electronic device rather than from books. Surprising? Not really. When you consider that many schools offer students daily computer access and have other types of technology such as tablets and interactive whiteboards, it appears to make sense. The study shows, however, that this penchant for digital reading is “potentially detrimental to children’s reading levels”. So should we try and curb children’s enthusiasm for electronic texts?"


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Janet Law's curator insight, August 12, 2013 12:22 AM

This is a good read to start reflecting on how technology can cater to learning needs of diverse learners. Like it or not, technology is here to stay. As educators and parents, we have to be open minded about what really engages our children and facilitate their learning with access to these media whilst being aware of the pitfalls too and guide them as this new generation navigates their journey of learning.

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A Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it

"The folks in Common Sense Media have designed this beautiful poster for you to print and use in your classroom. The poster is an excellent guide for students to help them make the right informed decisions when it comes to photo sharing."


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Elania Garrett's curator insight, July 29, 2013 3:20 PM

Wonderful!

Monica Goddard's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:39 AM

I like it! Simple and straight forward!

Carey Leahy's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:29 PM

Encourages all to take time to 'think' through the steps! Choices.

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ALA 2013: Attracting Reluctant Male Readers | The Hub

ALA 2013: Attracting Reluctant Male Readers | The Hub | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it

"This post summarizes a session at ALA Annual 2013 that was presented by Barbara Binns and James Klise.

Most people agree that reading is an essential 21st century survival skill. Unfortunately, evolution has not kept pace. Unlike the genetically hardwired skills of walking and talking, reading requires that the brain be trained to manipulate squiggly lines on paper to make something that isn’t real feel real."

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Sheffield universities team say iPad apps can help children learn to read

Sheffield universities team say iPad apps can help children learn to read | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Research conducted by Sheffield’s two universities has shown that iPads and other tablets can help children to develop reading skills from a very early age.

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Reading age jumps with tablet help

Reading age jumps with tablet help | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
A new way of using tablet computers in schools could change how children are taught in Wales, after average reading ages at one primary leapt from nine to 13.
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Great results in Swansea program with tablet computers in enhancing reading gave dramatic results in reading, raised self-esteem and interest in learning... Would be interesting to see a follow up after a year or two.

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Eeva Kurttila-Matero's curator insight, June 16, 2013 2:07 PM

Thanks Anu, good news from Wales indeed!

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A Digital Gap Between Kids and Parents

A Digital Gap Between Kids and Parents | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
A new study finds there is a significant disconnect between what kids do online and what their parents think they do. Is this just a new flavor of an old problem? Or is something else going on?
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What does a school library look like in the digital age?

What does a school library look like in the digital age? | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
As more of her students use ebooks and iPads to read, principal Tricia Kelleher reflects on the role of her school's library

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Lourense Das's curator insight, June 2, 2013 4:35 AM

What does a school library look like in the digital age? Reflections by school lib Tricia Kelleher

Laura Pearle's curator insight, June 2, 2013 5:13 AM

Still wondering about digital divide (and what happens when the power fails, after a tornado or hurricane).

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 2, 2013 6:56 AM

School libraries have a very definite role to inspire imagination and facilitate  learning and research. Times are changing and so are library resources but school libraries and librarians still need to be there to teach and enhance independent learning. 

 

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How Teens Are Really Using Facebook

How Teens Are Really Using Facebook | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
The Facebook generation is fed up with Facebook. That's according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, which surveyed 802 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 last September to produce a 107-page report on their online habits.

Via Reijo Kupiainen
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The power of Facebook is diminishing? 

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Anu Ojaranta's comment, May 22, 2013 3:13 AM
Have others been able to share this on Facebook?
Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, May 22, 2013 3:36 AM

I'm not sure if I should Tweet or post on Facebook or what. 

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What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection

What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
This past week at Burlington High School, we started rolling out iPads for incoming freshmen. During this process, I couldn't help but reflect on what had occurred over the course of a year.

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"However, we must work to incorporate information and digital literacy standards into the K-12 curriculum as early as possible. Students in Kindergarten should understand what it means to be nice to someone and how that will translate to writing and living on the Web. As students grow up through the educational pathways, they must be exposed to new and emerging technologies as early as possible in a safe, responsible manner. By doing so, we are preparing them for a global economy that requires these skills."

 

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Curation as learning in information literacy - Irish library blog

Curation as learning in information literacy - Irish library blog | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
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"Content curation not only involves finding relevant and valuable information, but also filtering out unnecessary, inappropriate and inaccurate sources. It combines creativity with analytical skills, can be easily applied in a collaborative context, and also provides an opportunity for peer assessment and feedback as individuals or groups can also rate or evaluate the resources chosen by others."

 

 

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Connie Wise's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:22 AM

Features a focus on 5 specific aspects of curation

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:17 AM

Nice explaination about content curation as a learning tool!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 14, 2013 9:24 AM

Article argues that curation is not a new concept for libraries since Librarians select, organise and preserve information. Further, the article argues that content curation involves higher order skills and the ability to appraise sources effectively in order to sieve through large volumes of information. Above all, the article discussess the concepts, aggregation, distillation, elevation, mash-ups and chronology.

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School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning

School libraries have the potential to be a vibrant hub for learning, information, reading promotion, creativity, student leadership and social interaction within their school community. From an equity perspective, the school library is one of few places in a school open to all students, teachers and parents. In addition to providing a congenial learning environment and ‘safe haven’, the school library often offers a venue for extra-curricular activities, as well as school community events and meetings.


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Karen Cuthbert's comment, September 1, 2013 5:33 PM
Thanks Karen, I agree
Esther Casey's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:59 AM

Great to see this research being done closer to home and showing again the value of school libraries as a central hub of the school.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 2, 2013 9:05 AM

A good article on the economic value of school libraries in Australia

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Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail?

Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail? | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Walmart Corporate This past week, I worked with a small group of educators on becoming a "Networked Educator", and we had some great conversations about ho...

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Great example how to use real life examples in education!

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:51 AM

Using the analogy of teaching a student to drive, this article makes some great points about the teaching of digital citizenship. I think the inference is also for secondary. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, August 21, 2013 12:28 AM

Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail? Great blog from a school principal

Corinne Hinton's curator insight, August 21, 2013 1:10 PM

Great #digitalcitizenship rubric for schools.

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ACRL 2013 Metaliteracy

This presentation examines the metaliteracy framework developed by Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson. Metaliteracy will be examined as a reframing of information l ("What's In A Name?

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Patricia Sánchez Marrou's curator insight, August 16, 2013 11:54 AM

ooh no! y ahora hablan de Metaliteracy OMG!!!

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What is a Learning Commons, Anyway? | Alberta School Library Council’s Blog | ASLC

What is a Learning Commons, Anyway? | Alberta School Library Council’s Blog | ASLC | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it

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"As we work to build twenty-first learning skills...collaboration, creation and communication we need to look at how we can support this by creating an environment that meets that need.  The Learning Commons concept takes libraries that one step further to support digital students and learning."

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Eeva Kurttila-Matero's curator insight, August 3, 2013 4:13 AM

Learning commons is  a good concept to widen school libraries and library practices towards collaborative learning.

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Presenting with iPad - The Apps, Connectors and Techniques to Wow Your Audience by @milesaustin for @connectmembers

Presenting with iPad - The Apps, Connectors and Techniques to Wow Your Audience by @milesaustin for @connectmembers | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
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» Teaching Your Son to Love to Read: Successful Reading Strategies for Boys

» Teaching Your Son to Love to Read: Successful Reading Strategies for Boys | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it

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Strategies to get reluctant readers to read and get them to widen the horizon of books to read!

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Further evidence of school libraries and library staff making a difference | Services to Schools

Further evidence of school libraries and library staff making a difference | Services to Schools | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
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About the Pennsylvania School Library Project

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Anna Szumilas's curator insight, July 2, 2013 6:15 AM

Do we really need more convincing?

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Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable | MindShift

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable | MindShift | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Reading aloud to older children -- even up to age 14, who can comfortably read to themselves -- has benefits both academic and emotional, according to researchers.

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Why Googling Isn’t All That: Web Information Literacy in the 21st Century

Why Googling Isn’t All That: Web Information Literacy in the 21st Century | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Chances are, when you’ve been assigned a research paper, your first idea is that you’ll to do a quick search on Google. Perhaps you’ve been surprised when your instructor says that Googling for resources is not allowed.

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Multiliteracies!

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, June 4, 2013 1:20 AM

Multiliteracies!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 4, 2013 11:35 PM

Preparing a presentation on research. This article has come just at the right time. Thanks! 

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Digital skills as important as numeracy and literacy, says IT leader

ICE Worldwide, LLC is a global legal, marketing, business development and investor relations firm with offices in Boston, Singapore and Japan.
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Important skills of today and future are emphasized along with literacies.

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Eeva Kurttila-Matero's comment, May 28, 2013 11:54 PM
Thanks, Anu, very important indeed!