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ESEA: ALA and Advocacy Community Urging School Library Supporters to Act Now

ESEA: ALA and Advocacy Community Urging School Library Supporters to Act Now | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act coming up, the American Library Association has been leading the campaign to get dedicated funding for school libraries into the bill.
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School Library Monthly - School Library Influence and Advocacy

If school library programs are going to continue to exist, grow, and prosper, advocacy needs to be viewed as an integral part of a school librarian's responsibilities.
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Study: Large online literacy achievement gap exists

Study: Large online literacy achievement gap exists | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Today’s students may be skilled at texting and social media, but many are unable to perform online research and distinguish accurate information on the web, according to a new study.

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The Crisis in School Libraries

The Crisis in School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Since the early 1990’s, school libraries have continued to erode; each year more school boards must make the difficult decision to reduce proper staffing in the school library and to cut back or stop the purchasing of school library resources.
This decline is having a direct negative impact on student achievement and reading engagement. Students who are in schools without a staffed and resourced library program are not receiving the same education as students who have school libraries.

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Anne McLean's curator insight, March 16, 5:26 PM

School libraries need more staffing and resources in the digital age.  We need to make school leaders aware of the direct negative impact of cuts to staffing and budgets.

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Phases of inquiry-based learning: Definitions and the inquiry cycle

Inquiry-based learning is gaining popularity in science curricula, international research and development projects as well as teaching. One of the underlying reasons is that its success can be significantly improved due to the recent technical developments that allow the inquiry process to be supported by electronic learning environments. Inquiry-based learning is often organized into inquiry phases that together form an inquiry cycle.

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21st Century Skills Definition

21st Century Skills Definition | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The term 21st century skills refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed—by educators, school reformers, college professors, employers, and others—to be critically important to success in today’s world, particularly in collegiate programs and contemporary careers and workplaces. Generally speaking, 21st century skills can be applied in all …
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 11, 10:50 PM

There are a lot of link and the like so it will take time to read and digest.

 

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Michael Jongen's curator insight, March 23, 12:13 AM

Great for advocacy and defining the skills we need in the 21st century school library

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 19, 5:34 PM

A recent article on The Glossary of Education Reform began with the basic definition of 21st Century Skills and moved into the debate surrounding the implications of teaching cross disciplinary, process skills  – the 21st century aspect of education – versus teaching content – viewed as a 20th century focus.  In our era of standardized testing this debate is happening everyday.  In struggling schools – often schools of poverty – the push to maintain the traditional focus on content knowledge ties the hands of teachers who want to provide a richer curriculum for students. Teachers in poorer schools struggle with filling academic gaps and providing interventions. In our wealthier schools, students often have the background knowledge of facts or the technology and home support to get the facts that will take them to higher levels of thinking.

It is critical as we want to prepare all students for success in college and careers that our poorest students have the experience with thinking skills, problem solving, and cross disciplinary exploration.  As it currently stands, many of our poorer students are passing standardized tests, graduating from school unprepared to compete with students who have experienced a more complex education.  We must provide all students a 21st century education – we will need to re-invent our struggling schools to build strong foundations that allow students to experience the same educational depth and complexity offered at wealthier schools.

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Julianne Moore speaks for school libraries in new PSA | Knowledge Quest

Julianne Moore speaks for school libraries in new PSA | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new PSA featuring Academy Award® winning actress and bestselling author Julianne Moore is now available from the AASL as part of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month.
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8 Steps To Design Problem-Based Learning In Your Classroom

8 Steps To Design Problem-Based Learning In Your Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
What Is Problem-Based Learning?
by TeachThought Staff
What is problem-based learning? One definition, if we want to start simple, is learning that is based around a problem.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 11, 2:51 PM

I absolutely LOVE this article and accompanying infographic. This is a great conversation starter with teachers in your building who might want to play but didn't know where to start. Think of what a classroom teacher and media specialist could do with this!

Natarsha Miller's curator insight, March 17, 11:14 PM

This is a solid article and breaks down "what problem based learning is"

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Creating a School Library Makerspace: The Beginning of a Journey | Tech Tidbits

Creating a School Library Makerspace: The Beginning of a Journey | Tech Tidbits | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
After chasing down the funding, and getting input from colleagues and adviser, Phil Goerner is about to launch a makerspace focused on the basics—with room to grow—in Silver Creek (CO) High School’s library.
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Serendipitous Making | Makerspace

Serendipitous Making | Makerspace | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School libraries have proven effective in impacting student achievement in reading and writing.  However, evidence is lacking for what they contribute to student achievement in STEM content ar...
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Millburn Middle School's library lessons timeless

Millburn Middle School's library lessons timeless | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Millburn Middle School’s library has become more digitally oriented in recent years as students conduct research online, read books on mobile devices and the Common Core Curriculum standards are implemented, the school’s librarian said.
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Protect Kids Online | OnGuard Online

Protect Kids Online | OnGuard Online | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Kids have lots of opportunities for socializing online, but they come with certain risks. Parents can help reduce these risks by talking to kids about making safe, responsible decisions.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 2, 10:45 PM

Excellent guide for parents concerned about what their children find on the Internet. Another useful tool is the parental filters available from most web security companies, such as AVG and McAfee.  Use the tools available and help your children recognize the pitfalls and temptations of the Internet.  Aloha, Russ.

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Literacies for the digital age: Information and digital literacy – DEN Blog Network

Literacies for the digital age: Information and digital literacy – DEN Blog Network | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This post will provide you with some ideas on how to infuse information literacy and digital literacy skills into the curriculum.

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Blended Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

Blended Learning Visually Explained for Teachers | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
March 17, 2015
Blended Learning is one of the major learning concepts that came about as a direct result of the impact of technology integration in education.In blended learning students and teachers...

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Fran Bove's curator insight, March 23, 9:06 AM

A neat info-graphic that explains blended learning to teachers.

John Allen's curator insight, April 13, 7:23 AM

I'm a visual learning and I wanted to include this article because if others see themselves as visual learners, this might be a helpful way to look at the idea of blended learning and the effects it has been having over the years. 

Please give this diagram a look and let me know what you think!

MARTA's curator insight, April 23, 6:03 AM

Con el Blended Learning  los estudiantes y maestros llegan a experimentar con un método de enseñanza multimodal en la que el aprendizaje digital y virtual se mezcla con el presencial. Sin embargo, una de las ideas erróneas que circulan entre los que son menos entusiastas sobre el uso de este método de aprendizaje en las aulas es que el aprendizaje mixto no es otra cosa que la sustitución de los profesores con la tecnología. La infografía  echa por tierra este mito y cuenta los numerosos beneficios de aprendizaje combinado. Echa un vistazo y comparte con nosotros lo que piensa de él. 

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Diigo and Feedly and Flipboard- Oh My! Ideas for Teaching Information Literacy

Diigo and Feedly and Flipboard- Oh My! Ideas for Teaching Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
"Awesome" That is what Evan, one of my Digital Literacy students, said when I showed him and his classmates Flipboard. Laying the Foundation for Digital Citizenship: For the past two weeks, my stud...
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7 things every kid should master - The Boston Globe

7 things every kid should master - The Boston Globe | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need.

 

Here are seven abilities and dispositions that kids should acquire or improve upon — and therefore should be measured — while in school.

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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Basics in school planning, funding and services: school libraries as an example

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Basics in school planning, funding and services: school libraries as an example | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Basics in school planning, funding and services: school libraries as an example http://t.co/jsZu4KYGat
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26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School

26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what contemporary book should be taught in high school. Here are the brilliant results.
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How to get kids to read independently - Washington Post (blog)

How to get kids to read independently - Washington Post (blog) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Findings and analysis of an annual survey on reading habits of young people.
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7 Ways To Prevent Cyberbullying

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7 Ways To Prevent Cyberbullying
by Paula Green, Antibullying Advocate
If a child is expressing anger or anxiety after going online, it might be one of the signs he/she is being cyberbullied.
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5 Questions with James Patterson as he partners with Scholastic to help save school libraries! | On Our Minds

5 Questions with James Patterson as he partners with Scholastic to help save school libraries! | On Our Minds | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
James Patterson is a household name thanks to the incredible stories he tells. And now, he's helping to save school libraries.
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James Patterson to donate $1.25 million to school libraries

James Patterson to donate $1.25 million to school libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
James Patterson is one of the most famous authors in the world, with more than 100 books (at least one of which explodes ) to his name.
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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 10, 2:55 PM

Thank you, Jame Patterson.

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Oh, the places you'll go with a school library

Oh, the places you'll go with a school library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
By David W. Brown, Jessica Kahn, and Greg Moore
On Monday, adults throughout the country will don oversized red-and-white hats to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book to thousands of eager schoolchildren in honor of Read Across America Day.
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5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy

5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy
by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education
Admit it–you only read the list of the six levels of the Taxonomy, not the whole book that explains each level and the rationale behind the Taxonomy.
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New school, new technology at Bresnahan Elementary

New school, new technology at Bresnahan Elementary | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Early readers have come a long way since “Dick and Jane,” but times have changed even more with all the new technology now available at the
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