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With everything becoming available online we won't need librarians?

With everything becoming available online we won't need librarians? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

There have been many articles and blog posts lately debating the future of libraries. It is hard to imagine a school without one of these learning centers (where else would faculty meetings, testing, and baby showers take place?), but this post focuses on busting the myth that librarians will become obsolete.

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Eduwebinar - Professional learning network

Eduwebinar - Professional learning network | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Virtual professional learning network for teachers supported by education webinars to boost professional development opportunities in an online environment.
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Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, March 9, 2013 10:18 AM
Great news! :)
jerigby's comment, April 3, 2013 12:29 PM
I love eduwebinars! It fits in to my schedule better than attending workshops.
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School Library Advocacy :: ASLA

School Library Advocacy :: ASLA | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Have you heard what's been happening in the ACT? Find out about the successful advocacy work that teacher librarians in Canberra have been achieving in recent years. This article delivers an overview of the ACT journey, identifies strategies for success and provides useful tips. It includes support materials and practical ideas to try in your local area.

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Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills

Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The importance of grit, tenacity, and perseverance in education is not necessarily widely known, and stakeholders at many levels may not understand the importance of investing resources in these priorities.

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"Grit" - an addition to 21C skills.

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Nashville Public Library Partners with Local School Libraries to Boost Results for Students

Nashville Public Library Partners with Local School Libraries to Boost Results for Students | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Librarian Tricia Bengel of Nashville Public Library shares her story about teaming up with local school librarians and offers practical tips for others in the industry.
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Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy

Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This project aims to explore what can be delivered in face to face teaching versus what can be provided digitally and the range of resources available in Moodle; and will also discuss the value of engaging students in this work.

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4 Great Web Tools to Help Teachers and Librarians Learn about Copyright

4 Great Web Tools to Help Teachers and Librarians Learn about Copyright | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Web tools designed to provide users with general guidelines and tips on a variety of issues related to copyright.

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Note: US based copyright application

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Should I teach problem-, project-, or inquiry-based learning?

Should I teach problem-, project-, or inquiry-based learning? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Lately, there have been a bunch of buzzwords floating around the education world that all seem to mean the same thing. You’ve probably heard them: problem-

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Amy Burns's curator insight, July 14, 7:29 AM

I like the way the author easily defines the three and gives links for further understanding.

TWCLibrary's curator insight, July 16, 7:25 PM

Good definition of all three and includes links to examples

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The Surprising Technology Used By Famous Authors

The Surprising Technology Used By Famous Authors | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Despite the abundance of technology available to us now, many famous, professional writers have their own technology equation that works best for them to get their ideas on paper (virtual paper or physical paper).

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Is this really surprising?

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Curation as a tool for teaching and learning

A digital essay completed by Heather Bailie as part of the assessment requirements of #INF530 Concepts & Practices for a Digital Age.
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4 Stages Of Problem-Based Learning

4 Stages Of Problem-Based Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
4 Stages Of Problem-Based Learning
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Useful questions to help promote PBL

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Helen Rowling's curator insight, July 15, 1:55 AM

Use this Matrix to unpack to a deeper level.

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Miami-Dade libraries: Not just for reading anymore

Miami-Dade libraries: Not just for reading anymore | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

As Dixon discovered, libraries aren’t just for reading anymore. People go to their local branches to learn how to expand their business, navigate government red tape, become master gardeners, produce videos or calibrate their computer skills. Kids can get free lunches, learn a language or if they’re visually impaired, receive free audio books.

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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

At the outset, the author believes we need to get rid of the terms teach and teacher from our lexicon and start talking about the ‘learning leader’. It immediately changes the focus from teacher-centred to learner-centred approaches. 

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 8, 2:02 PM

Great way to look at learning.

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3 TED Talks On How Global Citizenship Is A 21st Century Skill

3 TED Talks On How Global Citizenship Is A 21st Century Skill | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We’ve talked before about some of the newer skills necessary for students and teachers in the 21st century. Digital literacy - and all the elements contained within that term-  is probably the buzzword you hear most often. And for good reason: today’s young students are living in a largely digital, quickly evolving world that their teachers did …
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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them)

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the second largest and fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, with a penetration rate of over 60% and climbing."

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/how-educators-are-practicing-mobile-learning/#ixzz38DAMUBd0"


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A library is a wonderful thing - Coldwater Daily Reporter

A library is a wonderful thing - Coldwater Daily Reporter | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

My first library card was one of the best presents of my entire life.

A driver’s license was years away, but oh, the places I could go with that library card.

And there were libraries everywhere I went.

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Developing Digital Literacy Through Content Curation

Developing Digital Literacy Through Content Curation | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

With the vast amount of content that is shared on the Internet, content curation is becoming an essential digital literacy skill for teachers and students.


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Glenda Morris's curator insight, July 19, 2:59 PM

Highlights the importance of digital curation as an important skill for teachers and students

Lourense Das's curator insight, July 20, 4:05 AM

School / Teacher librarians: go for Digital Literacy through content curation. Post with tools and practices

gwynethjones's curator insight, July 20, 12:38 PM

More great info about Content Curation - I'm quite cra cra for curation!

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10 Years Later,... 10 Reasons Why the Internet Should Not Be  a Substitute for a Certified Library Media Specialist

10 Years Later,... 10 Reasons Why the Internet Should Not Be  a Substitute for a Certified Library Media Specialist | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In 2004, Mark Herring in an American Libraries Online post argued that "given the condition of reading test scores among school children nationwide, it isn't surprising to find both our nation and...
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Lourense Das's curator insight, July 19, 8:09 AM

School Library Media specialist: a profession, not an exchangeable gadget

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Three Tools for the Web-Savvy Historian: Memento, Zotero, and WebCite

Three Tools for the Web-Savvy Historian: Memento, Zotero, and WebCite | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
By Ian Milligan "Sorry, the page you were looking for is no longer available." In everyday web browsing, a frustration. In recreating or retracing the steps of a scholarly paper, it's a potential n...
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The Beginner's Guide To Learning Analytics

The Beginner's Guide To Learning Analytics | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We haven’t talked about learning analytics in awhile (at least not specifically), but that doesn’t mean learning analytics have missed the mark (last year, learning analytics were tagged as a ‘top trend’ in education). We talk quite often about blended learning and personalized learning, often times neglecting to consider that learning analytics are what really …
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Learning analytics drives the focus for project-, inquiry-, problem-, challenge-, personalised-based learning. 

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5 Proven Ways to Engage Students In Your Classroom

5 Proven Ways to Engage Students In Your Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
No matter what subject they teach or what age group their students fall into, all teachers face the same basic challenge: They have to find a way to actively engage students in the learning process.
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The Beating Heart of the School | CILIP

The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarianThe Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and developmentOfsted includes libraries in their inspectionsThe Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries
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Quote from the chairperson: "We must make sure that children in our schools are encouraged to read, have access to exciting books and reading materials, and are taught research and digital literacy skills."

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, July 15, 3:40 PM

Just what we need to advocate for school libraries! 

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Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form

Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
TEST Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form
ISTE has long had available technology standards to help promote informed use of technology by students.
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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 10:19 AM

Great chart

Helen Rowling's curator insight, July 15, 1:53 AM

For digital learners this is a great way to view the standards DC.

Lourense Das's curator insight, July 19, 8:30 AM

Interesting and explanatory graphic on digital citizinship standards

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The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom

The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
It’s one of the most talked-about trends in education right now. Right behind the iPad and Common Core. Flipping your classroom is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. That’s great, because it offers a lot of advantages for your classroom regardless of your students’ age or what subject matter …

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Flippin' Classrooms...
Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 10:21 AM

Not every classroom will flip, nor should we do this just because it's the latest thing.... But there are some good reasons to incorporate at least some instructional material online.  For kids to review, play catch up, or even to get ahead.....so it is worth knowing about the basics....

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Move afoot to restore teacher librarians

Move afoot to restore teacher librarians | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

“Every day, I see students working on myriad projects from research to PowerPoint, creating brochures to creating films using programs like Photo Story. I know first-hand how much of an impact a teacher librarian makes in teaching information skills and incorporating technology into lessons,” Buchanan stated in an email to Don Scholl, president of the Board of Trustees.

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There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps

There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country.
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Carey Leahy's curator insight, July 9, 8:49 PM

Great list of apps - lots still for me to try.

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21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn’t What It Used To Be

21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn’t What It Used To Be | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Thinking of jobs, careers, and pay is–by some–being replaced with the idea of work, relationships, and meaning. Technology and the resulting connectivity are a part of this. In the 21st century, we all have personal “brands”–digital footprints that precede and proceed us, leaving a record of our interactions and ideas for anyone to see.

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Important to focus on future skills development for students with this changing work environment. 

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