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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 7:18 AM
Great news! :)
jerigby's comment, April 3, 2013 9:29 AM
I love eduwebinars! It fits in to my schedule better than attending workshops.
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Chicago Public School Librarian K.C. Boyd: The Heartbeat of Her School

Chicago Public School Librarian K.C. Boyd: The Heartbeat of Her School | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
At the once-second-to-last ranked school in Illinois, Chicago's Wendell Phillips Academy High School, librarian K.C. Boyd has helped turn around the reading culture. (RT @sljournal: Chicago Public School Librarian K.C.
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Advocacy for School Library Leaders: A Call to Action

References and resources

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?
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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, August 21, 8:11 AM

Kids now days need to be encouraged to ask more questions. They are so use to being spoon fed, they are afraid.

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Elementary kids turn to Indiegogo for money to re-open their school library

Elementary kids turn to Indiegogo for money to re-open their school library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Yahoo News Canada (blog) Elementary kids turn to Indiegogo for money to re-open their school library Yahoo News Canada (blog) Due to changes in their district, what was once the school library at Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, California, is...
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4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning

4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In our view, student-centered learning is a process of learning that puts the needs of the students over the conveniences of planning, policy, and procedure.

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3 Shifts To Create A Climate Of Possibility In Your Classroom

3 Shifts To Create A Climate Of Possibility In Your Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In May of last year, Ken Robinson–he of “Is School Killing Creativity”/TED Talk legend status–gave a brief talk on the idea of contrast, specifically the difference between who we are and how we teach.

 

His general message was that we, as human beings, are wired for certain tendencies. Three of those most immediate to education, Robinson explains, are our diversity, curiosity, and creativity, calling children “natural learners.”

 

He contrasted these hallmarks of being human with the tone in which public education in the United States currently operates–a tone that promotes conformity, compliance, and standardization.

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching by Terry Heick 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching–And 15 That Are Not So Much On Sunday, we’re going to release a basic framework to begin to make sense of what “student-centered learning” mean in...

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Green Dot Public Schools & No Right Brain Left Behind are Transforming Public School Libraries

Green Dot Public Schools & No Right Brain Left Behind are Transforming Public School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Images via Locke High Innovation Space Green Dot Public Schools and No Right Brain Left Behind have launched the Locke JetSpace, a transformed public school library in Locke High School in Watts, California.
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Specialists keep library relevant in the Internet era - The Daily Advertiser

Specialists keep library relevant in the Internet era - The Daily Advertiser | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Specialists keep library relevant in the Internet era The Daily Advertiser This struck me as being particularly novel and funny because I hadn't considered that the library would have an active presence on social media, and certainly not a...
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LA School Turnaround Sets Sights on Reinventing the Library

LA School Turnaround Sets Sights on Reinventing the Library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
LA School Turnaround Sets Sights on Reinventing the Library EdSurge Current Locke tenth grade teacher Kathleen Hicks corroborates the backstory: "Over 20 years of transient staffing meant the books were a combination of woefully outdated and...
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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 9, 7:08 AM

New roles?  TL as "jet curator" and "jet mentor"

 

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Australian Curriculum inquiry skills scope and sequence | Eduwebinar

Australian Curriculum inquiry skills scope and sequence | Eduwebinar | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Inquiry curriculum skills, evident in the Australian Curriculum and general capabilities, mapped to the Guided Inquiry Design Framework, and core essential
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In the latter part of 2012, I was granted permission from the authors of Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School, Carol Kuhlthau, Leslie Maniotes and Ann Caspari, to develop a scope and sequence typing the five kinds of learning to the inquiry skills and general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. This document also includes core skills and web tools. 

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School Librarians - Leading Out Loud - Living in Dialogue

School Librarians - Leading Out Loud - Living in Dialogue | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

As miners are alerted to dangers from noxious gases when a canary dies in the mine, community members should immediately wake up and take notice when budgets propose cutting school librarians. This is an early sign that the school culture is endangered, that access to information is at risk, and that student-centered learning may well be compromised.

 

School librarians are getting quite a bit of amount of attention lately. Education blogger Anthony Cody has written about scams rife in the corporate reform movement, citing librarians as an antidote to destructive policies. Education Activist Peggy Robertson addressed the critical importance of school librarians recently in her blog, Peg with Pen. In July Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis shared a post on Facebook about the bleeding loss of school librarians in Chicago. Under that post, I linked a comment to the Chicago Lab School where one can clearly note the rich school library programs present in schools of the, well, rich. Stories, literature, information literacy – all this matters to families of Lab students as “skills and dispositions learned through library use allow students to explore the wide range of human experience through a variety of media.” Shouldn’t this exploration of what it means to be human be available to public school students?

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The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition | The New Media Consortium

The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition | The New Media Consortium | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC and co-principal investigator for the project. “Finally we have been able to produce a report aimed directly at the needs of academic and research libraries — and what we have found is that academic and research libraries are leveraging new technology in some very important and creative ways

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Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife - ABC News

Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife - ABC News | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
ABC News Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife ABC News As the Ferguson-Florissant School District postponed the start of the school year for more than a week, teachers set up shop at the Ferguson library, providing...
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19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World’s Oceans

19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World’s Oceans | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

19 year old Boyan Slat has designed the Ocean Cleaup Array which could reduce the world’s oceanic garbage patches by removing 7,2500,000 tonnes from them.


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A great example of project based learning.

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Designing New Literacies - Langwitches

Designing New Literacies - Langwitches | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"In Mike FIsher and my keynote/workshop last week at the Wildly Excited Conference at the Grand Rapids State University in Michigan, I shared the following blended sketchnote (blended= self-drawn doodles/sketches combined with a photograph).  Participants were asked to take a look at the image and use the Visible Thinking Routine I see, I think, I wonder from Project Zero. They shared their thinking in a backchannel in a Today’s Meet room.

 

Before looking at my image annotations and reading the examples/ excerpt of the backchannel below with teachers’ responses, consider going through the exercise yourself. Take a few minutes to intensely look at the image above and follow the thinking routine: I see…, I think…, I wonder… Share your responses in the comment section below, adding your thoughts…sharing and making your thinking visible to other."


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E-books for your school library | Services to Schools

E-books for your school library | Services to Schools | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
E-books bring opportunities and issues for your school, its library, and your students. Making sound decisions on e-books will require you to keep up to date with developments around copyright, devices, delivery, availability and sources.
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What 10,000 Students Told Us About Information Literacy

What 10,000 Students Told Us About Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A couple of months ago, we announced the initial findings of a survey that we conducted with over 10,000 EasyBib users and more than 1,200 librarians and educators. 

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Interactive presentation captures a summary of the main findings.

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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This year’s “The Learning Curve” report (2014) from Pearson takes a look at education across the globe. One of the main things the report does is rank the world’s educational systems What is interesting is the focus on what skills current students need to meet the ever changing needs of the global market, and some potential ways to address shortcomings in our collective educational systems.

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Huntington welcomes library along with new school year - Chillicothe Gazette

Huntington welcomes library along with new school year - Chillicothe Gazette | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Huntington welcomes library along with new school year Chillicothe Gazette Since June 1, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library employees have been working to convert the high school's library into a branch location, which aims to serve the...
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School libraries

Photoshow of high performing school libraries.
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Vision of a School Library Learning Commons

A vision of the school library learning commons in the future by Dominique Sullivan and Jennifer Lunny. References for this presentation: https://docs.google...
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Captions and images capture the crucial elements for the school library learning commons to be successful. 

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 9, 6:19 AM

Dominique and Jennifer share their vision for our learning spaces, in Canada and beyond.

jerigby's curator insight, August 9, 2:04 PM

A little long, but a good explanation of the Learning Commons vs Library.

Tricia Adams's curator insight, August 12, 2:24 AM

The shape of the future?

 

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Vision for the future of the iCentre by Helen Stower

Vision for the future of the iCentre by Helen Stower | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Open the link and then you can TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

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Great vision and interactivity to further explanations of the vision for this school library / iCentre.

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The Daring Librarian: Classrom Cribs! Brain Friendly Learning Spaces

The Daring Librarian: Classrom Cribs! Brain Friendly Learning Spaces | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, August 5, 3:21 PM

Guest blog by the classroom cribs team.  Great ideas and pedagogy on why designing effective learning spaces matter.

Lourense Das's curator insight, August 6, 7:06 AM

How we design our classrooms and libraries does matter!

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, August 6, 8:22 PM

classroom & library revisited!

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What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That?

What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In trying to imagine what would be different if we did this instead of that, I was surprised at how education has settled one a small handful of models in light of so much possibility. Was it because we’ve found the magic formula, and in 2014 we’re in an era of simple refinement? That we know “what works,” and now it’s all a matter of tweaks?

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Reflections on different styles of learning through a cause / effect lens.

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jerigby's curator insight, August 7, 10:27 AM

Thought-provoking ideas that most of us consider already, but probably not all at once. This is the ultimate in differentiation.  Unfortunately, standardized testing and the importance of scoring well gets in the way even when we have the best of intentions.