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How little libraries get people reading - Independent Online

How little libraries get people reading - Independent Online | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

There's no card catalogue or late fees. The informal lending libraries work under a simple principle: “take a book, return a book.”

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A great community idea to encourage your neighbourhood to read.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 24, 2013 10:30 PM

I will be setting up my little library soon!

Tricia Adams's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:07 AM

Lovely idea

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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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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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11 activities to increase student-led learning in your classroom

11 activities to increase student-led learning in your classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In a recent eSchool News study, 89% of educators said it was very important or important for students to lead their own learning. That’s telling — as is the fact that not a single respondent…
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 19, 2:26 AM

Thanks to Yashy Tohsaku. 

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What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.
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Managing Standards Overload: Your Educational Compass Meets the National School Library Standards | Knowledge Quest

Managing Standards Overload: Your Educational Compass Meets the National School Library Standards | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
By Kate Lechtenberg, AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force Member Whenever I hear that new educational standards are coming out, I go through a roller coaster of emotions and a lot of frantic self-talk. Step one: Panic. “The standards are... Read More ›
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The Evidence Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

The Evidence Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The brief draws from brain science, medicine, economics, psychology, and education research to describe why it is essential to address the social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of learning; how these dimensions together shape students’ academic and life outcomes; and how these competencies can be taught throughout childhood, adolescence, and beyond.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 13, 4:46 AM

Useful 28 page PDF.

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Celebrating Digital Citizenship Week | Knowledge Quest

Celebrating Digital Citizenship Week | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
As teacher-librarians, it is our duty to help students and faculty/staff be superior digital citizens and leave a positive digital footprint.
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Global Online Academy | 20 Questions that Promote Inquiry-Based Learning

Global Online Academy | 20 Questions that Promote Inquiry-Based Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
20 QUESTIONS THAT PROMOTE INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING Professional Development By: Kristin Daniel By Kristin Daniel and Bonnie Lathram   Why do good questions matter? How can educators use inquiry to foster deeper learning?
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What's Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities - iNACOL

What's Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities - iNACOL | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This iNACOL report describes the potential of personalized learning for communities, families, schools, parents, teachers and students.
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Future Ready Schools - Preparing Students for Success

Future Ready Schools - Preparing Students for Success | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A movement of thousands of district leaders who are accelerating the transformation of schools through the effective use of digital learning strategies.
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Collaborative Projects Can Work in Any Subject

Collaborative Projects Can Work in Any Subject | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
If we say we want students to become critical thinking life-long learners, we need to provide projects that encourage them to engage in creative collaboration. But what does this look like in each subject area?
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Benefits of Blended Learning for Your Classroom

Benefits of Blended Learning for Your Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Are you afraid to try blended learning in your CTE or elective classes? Learn the benefits of blended learning and how to easily get started, wit
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Keeping Data: What and How I Plan to Keep Track | Knowledge Quest

Keeping Data: What and How I Plan to Keep Track | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Every year I enjoy looking at the year-end reports that people share. I always find it interesting what and how people represent their library. However, I often think, “Man, I wish I would have thought to keep track of that... Read More ›
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Making a Little More Room for Reading

Making a Little More Room for Reading | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Keshav Yadav, 8, checked out Mota Raja, Putla Kuta (Fat King, Skinny Dog) from the school library again. His dad Bisroo doesn’t mind listening to the same story for the umpteenth time. This one…
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5 Innovative Teaching Trends Catching Hold This Year

5 Innovative Teaching Trends Catching Hold This Year | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
STEMscopes explores the top 5 innovative teaching trends of 2017.
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What Can A Library Be?

What Can A Library Be? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A school library blog about library collaborations, new technology, and student voice. We share about how we are working with our learning community.
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Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Softlink is delighted to introduce guest blogger Jackie Child, Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane and author of the TinkeringChild.com blog. Jackie is a passionate primary educator with over 40 years’ experience and a sessional tutor for pre-service teachers at Griffith University.



In this series of blog posts, Jackie shares her experience working with students across all grade levels to address a range of curriculum objectives through tech-centred activities in the school’s library/makerspace.

This first post focuses on creative coding activities that address elements of the STEM curriculum, with suggested resources to support teaching and learning in this area.

St Aidan’s Library Makerspace – a dynamic space for learning and playTwo and a half years ago, my teaching partner Megan Daley and I saw the potential of our library at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School becoming the home of a ‘Makerspace’. After a great deal of research into the Maker movement, and realising the concept fitted so well with our pedagogy of constructivism and constructionism, we decided it was a must!

So, our journey began with ‘low tech’ and ‘medium tech’ activities stimulated by literature which, over time, led to more ‘high tech’ activities.

 Learning to codeCoding was a focus two years ago in our library lessons and reading books like Hello Ruby by Linda Liukas, with follow-up activities from the back of the book, was an ideal way to introduce coding to our younger students. 

For example, early in the story, when Ruby needs correct instructions, as computers do (algorithms), students sequenced instructions to complete a task, like packing a school bag and feeding a pet. Some students role played the task and others played charades.

Another activity from the back of the book was understanding and using ‘Booleans’. Students made cards, which they held up as toys from a puppet theatre were used to make statements that required other students to hold up a card stating either ‘true’ or ‘false’.

Year 3 students used the activity from Hello Ruby to construct their own laptop. They had so much fun deciding if it was going to be Apple, Microsoft or Linux.

Throughout the story further connections were made using coding apps on the iPads. For example, Kodable tied in very well with clues and completing a quest, just like the Fuzz Family who land on Smeeborg and needed help navigating the techno mazes.

These activities are all unplugged and cover many aspects of the English and Mathematics Curriculum like sequencing, algorithms, patterns, structures as well as aspects in the Digital Technologies Curriculum like iteration, debugging, Booleans, branching and computational thinking.

The website Hello Ruby Adventures in Coding provides many resources to help introduce students to coding.

 Making for funOur Makerspaces provide space and tools for students to tinker, play, create and explore new ideas with or without technology. The space can be used before school, during lunchtimes and after school. It is used by our Coding and Robotics Club and STEMies Club at set times.

During these times, students are presented with a task or project to challenge themselves. Both clubs incorporate technology into activities; for example, working with EL (Electroluminescent) wire and using it to enhance objects. EL wire is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it, producing a 360 degree unbroken line of visible light. Its thin diameter makes it flexible and ideal for use in a variety of applications, such as clothing or costumes. It comes in many colours with connections to a battery pack with inverter; it produces a cool light without heat and can be glued or sewn.

Another activity was designing and making a DrawBot using glue guns, wire-strippers, wire, batteries, switches and motors.

During Coding and Robotics Club, girls enjoy many of the ‘unplugged’ activities and learn visual programming with Scratch. The highlight each year is participating in the First LEGO League competition, where the girls design and build a robot to complete set missions and prototype concepts to solve a real situation or issues they have investigated.

Outside of club times and lesson times the students have the opportunity to engage in building and constructing their own creations or bought projects. A few girls followed the blue print to build a Piper Computer and play Minecraft on it! They are now building an XY Plotter. Students often bring in their own materials, equipment and projects to work on and invite others to collaborate and have fun together. They often fail along the way but they’re learning all the time in a stress-free, stimulating and inviting environment.
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Resources to Help Children Build Empathy | Knowledge Quest

Resources to Help Children Build Empathy | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This hurricane season has been devastating. Many children are without power and water, and others are recovering from severe flooding. This is worrisome not only for the families living through this trauma but also for the children who are watching... Read More ›
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Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future

Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Once upon a time school libraries were a place for books and magazines. Today, Teacher Librarians are needed for a whole host of reasons, including preparing our kids for their digital future. Holly Godfree, a Teacher Librarian with the School Library Coalition explains what her role entails in 2017.

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International Association of School Librarianship - International School Library Month

International Association of School Librarianship - International School Library Month | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
ISLM is an opportunity for those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month in October to celebrate everything great about  school libraries. The 2017 theme for ISLM is “Connecting Communities and Cultures”.
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9 TED Talks on why you should take time to play

9 TED Talks on why you should take time to play | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Play invites creativity and collaboration, and can inspire you to think out of the box! Take a recess and learn about the benefits of connecting with your inner-child.
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How Good is Our School Library?

How Good is Our School Library? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
How good is our school library? is a companion guide to the how good is our school? framework. It supports library staff & senior managers.
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The Ongoing Important of School Libraries | Softlink Education

The Ongoing Important of School Libraries | Softlink Education | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Softlink is proud to represent school libraries, providing reports & papers such as this https://t.co/wGnliK08O2 from SLS responses https://t.co/KhhYRU7cWy...
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Technology Trends Reshape Today’s Libraries

Technology Trends Reshape Today’s Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Modernizing learning in the 21st-century school can start in the library.
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The Librarian as Educational Leader | American Libraries Magazine

The Librarian as Educational Leader | American Libraries Magazine | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This selection of books from ALA's librarian addresses practical aspects of administering the school library successfully.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, September 13, 3:09 AM
Some great book recommendations 
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Helping teachers teach, collaboration in the 21st century library

Helping teachers teach, collaboration in the 21st century library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
With the challenges of standardized testing and other pressures teachers face, many are unwilling to share even a moment of valuable classroom time.  
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, September 10, 2:15 AM
Some great ideas to make teachers understand that the school library is a necessary tool for their classroom and students 
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A Day in the Life of a Middle School Librarian

A Day in the Life of a Middle School Librarian | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We all know that librarians wear many hats. For some this can be a confusing; however, I love all of the hats that I get to wear during a day in my library. 7:30AM: I start my morning in a “c…
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