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iPads in the Classroom

iPads in the Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This site will be both a support site for Kathy's presentations about iPad use for teaching and learning and also include links to other iPad information pages.

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An impressive directory for resources, tutorials, documents, tools for the use of iPads in the classroom.

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Many schools lack libraries, librarians - Worcester Telegram

Many schools lack libraries, librarians - Worcester Telegram | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

“There is no state standard for school libraries,” said Katherine E. Lowe, executive director of the Lunenburg-based Massachusetts School Library Association. Her organization is hoping to change that on the state level and is working with state Rep. Sean P. Garballey, D-Arlington, who for the second time has filed a bill to create a commission to study the state of school libraries.

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An informative article - lobbying state government representatives is essential.

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Design Thinking for Educators

Design Thinking for Educators | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Design Thinking is a mindset. Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.
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You can download the toolkit plus access information on the site.

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Designing Libraries - Planning school libraries

Designing Libraries - Planning school libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School libraries are essential to learning, and good design is seen as a central consideration in creating effective learning environments.

Via SCIS, Linda Dougherty, Rosa Martins, Anu Ojaranta
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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, February 14, 2013 8:35 PM

I wonder how teachers would redesign their classrooms if they could. Design is such an interesting concept...

Nell Ududec's curator insight, March 6, 2013 8:34 AM

Library make-overs - ideas and information here.

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 29, 2013 12:34 PM

As bibliotecas escolares e o bom design...

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A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment Tools

A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment Tools | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A guide to increasing student participation in the classroom.

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Teacher's Guide on The Use of Google Sites in The Classroom

Teacher's Guide on The Use of Google Sites in The Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

It is in fact a wiki, blog,portfolio, all rolled into one easy to use package. Google Sites brings together all of the other great Google services in that it allows users to embed  Google Docs, Calendar, YouTube, Picasa albums, and much more

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 29, 2013 1:38 PM

Max out the use of Google sites in the classroom - includes video tutorials and some sample school sites.

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Project-Based Learning: Real-World Issues Motivate Students

Project-Based Learning: Real-World Issues Motivate Students | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In a growing number of schools, educators are echoing Papert's assertion that engaging students by starting with the concrete and solving hands-on, real-world problems is a great motivator.

 

Students conduct research using a variety of sources, from the Internet to interviews with experts. They work on the project over an extended period of time -- six weeks or more -- because of the in-depth nature of the investigation.

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This includes a couple of videos as examples of how PBL is happening in schools.

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How to study - study skills for primary and high school students

How to study - study skills for primary and high school students | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Studyvibe is website that is designed to help students learn how to study. We offer study tips and resources for primary to high school students.
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Make sure you add this to your toolkit and make available to students (and teachers).

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:45 AM

Great resource!

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 27, 2013 2:35 AM

O Website  Study Vibe foi desenhado para ajudar os alunos a aprenderem a estudar (Definição de metas; Gestão do Tempo;Planear para o Sucesso; Organizar;etc...] e que disponibiliza uma variedade enorme de bons recursos (apoio ao currículo,  acesso a ferramentas digitais e jogos interativos).

Jim Doyle's curator insight, May 4, 2013 2:56 AM

Help your kids learn how to study.

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Advocacy? What does the literature say?

Advocacy? What does the literature say? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Ann Ewbank and Ja Youn Kwon did a content anaysis of the school library literature in the United States from 2001-2011 to determine methods of and rationales for advocacy. They found that the most frequent advocacy method was distributing literature or information about school libraries. The most frequent reason cited in the literature for engaging in advocacy activities was in response to a potential funding or position reduction or elimination.

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Despite the evidence we still see budgets and jobs effected - I will definitely take a look at this analysis.

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How To Overcome The iPad Learning Curve

How To Overcome The iPad Learning Curve | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Technology can make life a lot easier in the classroom. In the past, criticism was often aimed at new technology coming into the classroom, recent advances in technology have made drastic changes to the learning environment.


Via John Evans
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Worth checking this out as it has a rubric for evaluating applications and how it incorporates the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Also online tutorials on using the iPad.

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6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"The list of mind blowing videos covering the topic of 21st century education and learning is growing bigger and bigger. There are actually some clips that I think every teacher should watch if not twice then at least once. These videos are not only an inestimable source of inspiration but are also a good resource packed full of great ideas on where education is right now."


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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, January 25, 2013 7:27 AM

Awesome viewpoints! Great visuals.

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Digital Learning Day : 6 February

Digital Learning Day : 6 February | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Digital Learning Day, February 6, 2013, is a national celebration of educators that shines a spotlight on successful instructional technology practice in classrooms across the country - USA. 

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Even though the day is geographically celebrated in the USA there is no reason why anyone cannot go and access the multiple supply of resources - or celebrate whereever you may be.

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10 Secrets To Unlocking The Learning Potential Of The iPad

10 Secrets To Unlocking The Learning Potential Of The iPad | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

It’s an app library, a media consumption device, and a mobile learning tool that makes yesterday’s graphing calculators, smartboards, and laptops look like abacuses.

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Some very clear objectives are identified in this article that will ensure relevant learning happens.

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XDiscovery's comment, May 14, 8:43 AM

XDiscovery launch mobile app to learn in seconds with visual knowledge maps for 4 million topics
http://learn.xdiscovery.com
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School Library Research Update - School Library Monthly Blog

School Library Research Update - School Library Monthly Blog | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This AASL session included two state-level studies (PA and NJ) and the newest results of School Libraries Count, and all three projects have useful online resources to study and share.

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Reports on school library contribution to student achievement.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:12 AM

Reports on school library contribution to student achievement.

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, February 5, 2013 1:58 PM

This has a number of ecellent reports linked. 

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Can you be successful with only 1 iPad in the classroom?

Can you be successful with only 1 iPad in the classroom? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom.  It is an even larger YES if the Mac device has the most current operating system. Having a computer to which the iPad can sync is not absolutely necessary, but it is a Best Idea.  If you are not feeling confident, get your IT person or another teacher to help you out with setup.

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A 'how to do this' post with a list of apps.

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The Teacher's Quick Guide To Pinterest

The Teacher's Quick Guide To Pinterest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
As a new teacher, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to create motivating lessons while managing the responsibilities within the classroom. Luckily, a relatively new social network is here to help!
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Provides steps on how to create a Pinterest group for a course you might be teaching.

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50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Literacy is changing–not at its core necessarily, but certainly at its edges as it expands to include new kinds of “reading.”

 

Digital media is quickly replacing traditional media forms as those most accessible to most 21st century learners. The impact of this change is extraordinarily broad, but for now we’ll narrow it down to changes in how learners respond to the media they consume."


Via Cindy Rudy, John Evans
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The list is English teacher orientied but could be used across a number of subject/content areas.

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With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning?

With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
At the Elizabeth Forward High School library in Elizabeth, PA, beanbag chairs have replaced study carrels, computers are everywhere, and instead of a cranky librarian telling kids to be quiet, there's a new music studio.

Via Nell Ududec, Kent Wallén
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It certainly pays to look around and see what other types of libraries are doing to transform their services, collections, physical footprint.....

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, January 30, 2013 11:56 AM

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Anne McLean's curator insight, January 30, 2013 3:34 PM

School libraries need to be hip, cool and relevant to the demands of their school communities.  Kids love this modern approach and feel welcome in their school library.

Sue Kowalski's comment, February 23, 2013 8:25 AM
We need to empower ALL to be part of the CURATION that way they are MAKING and ENGAGING not just receiving
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How to teens research in a digital world | PEW Research

How to teens research in a digital world | PEW Research | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This research was developed to understand more fully the unique opportunities and challenges facing today’s middle and high school teachers in training students how to write and “do research” in a rapidly evolving digital environment.

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Focuses on how teens research from the perspective of the middle and high school teachers' point of view.

 

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Is BYOT Just a Bridge to 1-to-1?

Is BYOT Just a Bridge to 1-to-1? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Mobile device trainer Brent Williams explains why BYOT may be just a band-aid until schools can launch their own 1-to-1 programs.
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In this interview he covers training teachers on technology, the pitfalls of Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), and the immense possibilities of mobile learning.

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Project-Based Learning: What is it?

Project-Based Learning: What is it? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Project-based learning (PBL) is a method used to cultivate learning and teach students 21st century skills. The idea is “built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation,” and “generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in everyday world outside the classroom”

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I like the graph that displays the difference between a typical classroom project and  project-based learning. Also, some useful weblinks to other resources in the topic.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, January 26, 2013 12:56 AM
This is done in my son's school and depending on who set the project it can work really well. If though the teacher has not worked with the school librarian it doesn't work quite as well.
sarspri's curator insight, February 2, 2013 1:06 PM

Differentiates between 'class projects' and 'project-based learning.'

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Are Search Engines Driving Libraries To Extinction? Not Quite Yet

Are Search Engines Driving Libraries To Extinction? Not Quite Yet | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project suggests just the opposite: that in fact, libraries are reinventing themselves as vibrant community-based repositories of important and sometimes eclectic print materials, but also offering a wide and creative range of services, access to apps, gadgets community spaces and more.

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How are you reinventing your school library?

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thatlibrarygirl's curator insight, January 25, 2013 7:49 AM

Are Search Engines Driving Libraries to Extinction? Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project reveals that libraries are still considered important and valuable, but library users are not always aware of all that libraries have to offer. 

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Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy

Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Only a decade and a few years in, how can we fully describe the twenty-first century learner?

Via Jessica Raeside, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Anu Ojaranta
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Being literate in today's society requires a different set of skills - a combination that builds on traditional literacy skills.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 22, 2013 9:45 AM

Thanks!

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 23, 2013 3:44 AM

21st century skills as life long learning skills! Literacy isn't anymore just being able to read, write and, count. Deeper learning and higher order thinking skills are what needs to paid attention to. Proper information literacy skills are vital! 

Carol Koechlin's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:52 AM

Teacher Librarians can help design for deeper learning by collaboratively building Knowledge Building Centers with teachers and students https://sites.google.com/site/knowledgebuildingcentres/home

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Challenge Based Learning

CBL is an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages learners to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems. Challenge Based Learning is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with peers, teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to ask good questions, develop deep subject area knowledge, identify and solve challenges, take action, and share their experience.

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Resources, community, toolkits and more. CBL will definitely be the flavour for 2013.

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, January 25, 2013 7:29 AM

CBL is the future. This is what I had to use for my Grad project.

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Promoting critical thinking skills through Problem-Based Learning in teacher education


Via Rudy Azcuy, Ana Rodera, Rogério Queirós, Rui Guimarães Lima
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Alistair Parker's curator insight, January 23, 2013 5:22 AM

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