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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.
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Bring creativity to learning through your school library.

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You have to let yourself go and theink free and not to be afraid of the chaos...

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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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NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition

NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and made possible by mindSpark Learning (formerly known as Share Fair Nation).
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Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new initiative looks to enhance school and public libraries with resources for STEM innovation.
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Navigating The Future of Work

Navigating The Future of Work | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The way we work is always changing and changes today seem to come at an accelerated pace Employees in all fields are seeing some of the foundational elements of working in
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Students Reflect on Inquiry-Based Learning

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Students Reflect on Inquiry-Based Learning Students describe the knowledge building experiences and tasks that emerged from their learning community presentations about space. They provide detailed accounts of the progression of their learning and the authenticity of real-world inquiry and...
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Advocating for your school library | Leading your school library | Leading and managing | School libraries | Services to Schools | National Library of New Zealand

Advocating for your school library | Leading your school library | Leading and managing | School libraries | Services to Schools | National Library of New Zealand | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Advocacy involves building ongoing relationships with a variety of stakeholders who can champion your school library and the services it provides.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 13, 2:20 AM
Advocacy is hugely important. We are all responsible for ensuring our patrons know what we do and why we do it. 
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Journey to a Flexible Schedule: Part 3 | Knowledge Quest

Journey to a Flexible Schedule: Part 3 | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This past year the library instruction moved from a fixed to a flexible schedule with first- and second-grade students. The process began during the 2016–2017 school year with a year of momentum. Then, I shared the process further in Journey... Read More ›
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School libraries take cues from bookstores to foster browsing, stimulate learning - The Boston Globe

School libraries take cues from bookstores to foster browsing, stimulate learning - The Boston Globe | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
They are embracing a bookstore model to make books easier and more intuitive to find and are promoting themselves as places for sharing and generating new ideas.
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3 EdTech Trends that are Redefining the K-12 Landscape

3 EdTech Trends that are Redefining the K-12 Landscape | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Edtech is the newest buzz term for educators, but within this sphere are more specific trends to be aware of. Primary and secondary school teachers should be aware of three edtech trends before the start of the new school year. These trends include makerspaces, virtual reality, and personalized learning. Makerspaces Makerspaces have begun to pop up, not just in school settings, but in other community spheres. Local libraries often host maker meet-ups, and community centers will have designated spaces where makers can gather and share ideas. Makers are people who make. And makerspaces are places for makers to develop and …
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How to Teach Media Literacy in a Virtual Classroom - MediaShift

How to Teach Media Literacy in a Virtual Classroom - MediaShift | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The last year has brought renewed calls for investments in news literacy education as a way to teach media consumers to sort fact from fiction. It's a daunting task given the cottage industry dedicated to peddling fiction, our complicity in spreading hoaxes on social media and our inabilit
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16 Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Instruction via Educators Technology

16 Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Instruction via Educators Technology | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 28, 9:26 AM
Wonderful practical tips for libraries as well as libraries.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 29, 3:43 AM
Instructional technologies
Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, June 29, 8:32 PM
Differentiation strategies
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The Big Reveal - Libraries Transform, But Only with Expert Librarians | Knowledge Quest

By Sara Kelly Johns, Susan D. Ballard, and Dorcas Hand The ALA Initiative “Libraries Transform” has been further defined during this past year by ALA President Julie Todaro as “Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library.” This is because of... Read More ›
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Just Let the Kids Do It | Knowledge Quest

Just Let the Kids Do It | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
“Just let the kids do it,” our dance teacher often sighs at me. I’ll admit. I’m a bit of a control freak. Like to the point I will unload the dishwasher after my mother loads it, only to reload it... Read More ›
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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.
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3 Things Every Educator Should Remember

3 Things Every Educator Should Remember | 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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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 20, 2:28 AM
My good friend Stony Evans writes a wonderful blog about school libraries. Here he talks about how you feel about your role can impact students and teachers. Show as well as tell everyone what you do. 
hayley peluchette's curator insight, August 20, 7:18 AM

Educator inspiration for the start of a new school year. Understanding the learning environment and students' background and perspectives are more important than ever with culutral and societal influences at an all time high. 

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Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

The conventional take on how much homework kids should do—and the research on why we should rethink it.
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Education World: Libraries Are a Vital Educational Technology Resource

Education World: Libraries Are a Vital Educational Technology Resource | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
How libraries have served as technology hubs, and continue to innovate by providing learning tools that promote 21st century skills.
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But My Principal Won't Let Me! Leadership, Advocacy, & Some Rebel Yell from the Library | Knowledge Quest

But My Principal Won't Let Me! Leadership, Advocacy, & Some Rebel Yell from the Library | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
“I love that idea–but there’s no way my principal would ever go along with that…” “That is really cool that you can do that. But it wouldn’t fly in my school…” “I wish my principal would let me try something... Read More ›
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Helping Your Students Identify Their Values

Helping Your Students Identify Their Values | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Have your students write about the principles they want to live by, using these prompts to help them get started.
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New Advocacy to Save School Librarians, One Click at a Time

New Advocacy to Save School Librarians, One Click at a Time | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Save School Librarians, a project of EveryLibrary, Follet Learning, and state library associations, is an online activist site for librarians, parents, and others.
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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators' instructional practices.  Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential question as: A meaning of "essential" involves important questions that recur throughout one’s life. Such questions are broad in scope and timeless by nature. They are perpetually arguable…

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, June 29, 9:37 AM
Love it! Learners should develop their own essential questions

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 4, 1:39 PM
I asked my students to mine for questions. We talked about their questions. Questions, without asumed answers, structure conversation and dialogue.
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The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education.

Makerspaces like vocational shops and science labs are great additions to schools. They often contain the tools, machinery, and technologies associated with making – 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, high tech robotics, vocational tech machinery. These are great for educational institutions and learners that can afford them.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 3, 9:01 AM

"Classroom educators and librarians may wonder how they might create spaces for playing, tinkering, making, collaborating, discussing, researching, and reflecting. First and foremost, they need to develop an innovator’s mindset, one outside of the box of what a classroom should look, sound, and be like. Second, practitioners need to become intentional in insuring that a full spectrum of making skills, attitudes, and knowledge is offered to learners." (By Jackie Gerstein)

Stephania Savva, Ph.D's curator insight, July 3, 9:35 AM
Makerspaces are the next best thing in education.
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School Librarians as Learning Leaders:  #SchoolLibrariansTransformStudentLearning | Knowledge Quest

School Librarians as Learning Leaders:  #SchoolLibrariansTransformStudentLearning | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
It was very early in my career as a school librarian that I realized how important the principal was to the library program that I could create. Principals impact, influence, or control (choose the appropriate verb based on your experience)... Read More ›
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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, June 27, 5:08 AM
Fewer and fewer school in Wales have full time librarians (if any at all) but the benefits are immense. We should be taking some of these lessons and map them to our activities in FE and HE too. 
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The Apollo School: What 21st Century Learning Looks Like

The Apollo School: What 21st Century Learning Looks Like | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This incredible program combines English, history, and art in a project-based, student-directed learning environment. Could this be a model for your school?
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Getting VOCAL | Knowledge Quest

Getting VOCAL | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The need for advocacy in our school libraries is nothing new. The truth remains that others won’t know our stories if we don’t tell them. So, it’s up to us to share and to share often and share widely. Recently,... Read More ›
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