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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Defunding threatens school libraries throughout US - World Socialist Web Site

Defunding threatens school libraries throughout US - World Socialist Web Site | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Wall Street Journal Defunding threatens school libraries throughout US World Socialist Web Site Steep budget cuts accompanied by the damaging impact of high-stakes standardized testing are undermining one of the most reliable and proven means of improving academic performance: well stocked, up-to-date school libraries staffed by professionally certified school librarians.


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The most vunerable groups in society are being effected by the decisions being driven by government authorities.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 26, 2013 9:32 AM

The opening sentence: Steep budget cuts accompanied by the damaging impact of high-stakes standardized testing are undermining one of the most reliable and proven means of improving academic performance: well stocked, up-to-date school libraries staffed by professionally certified school librarians.

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Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report

Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The IFLA Trend Report identifies five high level trends shaping the global information environment.

"E-lending in libraries and the treasure trove of personal data Today simply reading an e-book can reveal a great deal about you. How long it takes you to finish a chapter, your favourite parts, the speed and consistency of your reading and what you’re likely to borrow or buy next. In an economy increasingly built on ‘information mining’, this kind of data is of great value for publishers, distributors and authors"


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Tricia Adams's curator insight, August 27, 2013 11:33 AM

Scary - or exciting???

Martin Olsen's curator insight, June 29, 2014 6:38 AM

An overview of an emerging hyper connected society and its impact from the global library community

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Integration of Information Literacy into the Curriculum: Changing Students’ Relationships with the School Librarian

Motivated by a shared inquiry question, a team of librarians at Deerfield High School (Illinois) gathered data to support a push to integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum, and developed a fruitful collaboration with other departments resulting in a co-taught Medieval narrative project. Among other important outcomes: a change in student perceptions about the role of school librarians.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:49 PM

Not only integrating IL to the curriculum but also integrating the librarian to the curriculum, that is what makes the difference, in my opinion...

Lourense Das's curator insight, October 30, 2013 5:00 AM

Integration of #IL into #curriculum: changing student's relationship with #schoollibrarian.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 2:09 PM

integration of IL into the Curriculum

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Teacher Librarian Tips | American Libraries Magazine

Teacher Librarian Tips | American Libraries Magazine | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Not everything you need to know about school librarianship is taught in graduate school. No matter how comprehensive the training for school library certification is, there are a few aspects of teaching that may still surprise you.
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10 Digital Resources That Will Improve Your School Library

10 Digital Resources That Will Improve Your School Library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
  via Edudemic School had ended. Yet, there was a mini EdCamp nestled deep in the library in Warwick, Rhode Island. In that EdCamp sat a group of inspired, tech-loving educators trying to get ...
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Thought provoking links to explore

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Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 10, 2013 9:46 AM

An interesting collection of library related links for academic and school libraries.

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Future Learning Short Documentary

Students are the future, but what's the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn.

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Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT, has some very relevant words about the importance of reading comprehension and information literacy.

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John Rudkin's comment, September 3, 2013 12:04 PM
Things change. Today's necessary life skill can become tomorrows pastime. Excitement comes from immersion. Immersion is literally seconds from drowning. That is the thrill!
John Shank's curator insight, September 3, 2013 12:17 PM

Look who the sponser is.

Jenn Alevy's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:51 PM

Wow, these are the things I have been thining about for a long time now and keep trying to promote as a librarian. How do we teach the students of today for their future (Daniel Pink)? 

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BYOD: The new back-to-school trend - Vancouver Sun

BYOD: The new back-to-school trend - Vancouver Sun | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Vancouver Sun BYOD: The new back-to-school trend Vancouver Sun In Canada, we have a hodgepodge of technology, with some schools and school boards finding money in their budgets to equip classrooms with tablet computers - whether they are Apple,...
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Turning A Library Into A Maker Space

Turning A Library Into A Maker Space | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
If you think libraries are just about checking out books youre in the wrong century. A new feature of one Connecticut library is a place where people...

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:56 AM

Another way to foster creativity and innovation. 3D printers may not be the answer for most school libraries just yet but there are many other options that will appeal to 'hands on' learners.

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Libraries Without Librarians? - The Epoch Times

Libraries Without Librarians? - The Epoch Times | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The Epoch Times
Libraries Without Librarians?
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School librarians are first certified as teachers and then as librarians.
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Senseless decision making based on cost cutting "But school principals, who make the hiring decisions, will then be free to choose not to hire a librarian in order to cut costs."  I endorse what Sara Johns has to say.  “Having a school librarian who deals with every person in the school is pretty cost effective,” Sara Johns, president of the New York Library Association, said. “It’s kind of shortsighted to say that you’re saving money by eliminating that position.” Yes, very, very shortsighted.

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Kris McGlaun's curator insight, August 19, 2013 8:23 AM

Why NY?  There a law why not enforce it?

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Today's Media and Knowledge Specialists | Scholastic.com

Today's Media and Knowledge Specialists | Scholastic.com | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

These are the people who will integrate the digital world into today’s classroom and throughout the curriculum. Specially trained and knowledgeable in the use of information technology, library media specialists have become one of the most important instructional partners, working with teachers and administrators to change what is possible in the classroom.

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Recruit and employ the best for your school.

 

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Lourense Das's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:21 AM

"it’s critical that administrators responsible for hiring key personnel pay close attention to the evaluation and selection of library media specialists". #Scholastic adds (again) key info for advocacy of school libraries

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Seth's Blog: An end of books

Seth's Blog: An end of books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Books, those bound paper documents, are part of an ecosystem, one that was perfect, and one that is dying, quickly. Ideas aren’t going away soon, and neither are words.

 

From Seth, "Is it traitorous to my tribe to write these words? I'm not arguing that we should push the ecosystem out the door, but I am encouraging us to not spend too much time trying to save it. First, it's a losing battle, but more important, we have bigger opportunities right in front of us."

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Some challenge thoughts here to consider or is Seth stating the bleeding obvious???

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School Libraries and The Digital Backpack | LibGuide for digital citizenship

School librarians are uniquely positioned to collaborate with teachers to infuse technology to support learning, assessment and curriculum within a collaborative learning environment. Teacher-librarians are connected to current research and can assist with best-practice in effective technology implementation.

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The LibGuide links the resources to the ISTE standards and will be most useful for the development of a global digital citizenship approach.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, August 14, 2013 11:44 PM

Lots more valuable resources and tips on the Leading and Learning site plus  a direct link to the Digital Backpack http://www.flipsnack.com/5778E5F569B/fzji6pp1

 

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, August 18, 2013 7:06 AM

No mundo digital, é preciosa a diferença que faz a biblioteca escolar atualizada, com profissionais qualificados, e uma cultura de colaboração para a aprendizagem.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 10, 2013 9:49 AM

Resources for implementing digital citizenship in your school.

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8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times

8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Google isn’t the only game in town when it comes to search. Alternatives such as Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Wolphram Alpha also provide the tools necessary to search the Web.

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, August 9, 2013 8:26 PM

AN intersting overview of the advantages of the google search over other search engins!                                                                      

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The (Unfair) Fight Against School Librarians - Book Riot

The (Unfair) Fight Against School Librarians - Book Riot | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
I am not monogamous when it comes to library love. Subsequently, when my school librarian friends start to get picked on, I will hop on my library advocacy.
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An advocate for school librarians and libraries.

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5 Free iPad Apps Students Can Use to Take Notes

5 Free iPad Apps Students Can Use to Take Notes | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

If your students are going to be using iPads in your classroom this year, here are five free iPad apps they can try for taking notes and keeping those notes organized.

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Keep those notes with you at all times

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:21 PM

A great way to make sure those important notes stay with you wherever you go.

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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and students more creative learners.


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The practice of mixing online and in-person instruction

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Mrs. B's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:01 AM

The emphasis is not on technology but what technology can enable: creativity and innovation in an ever-changing world. 

Sonja Hartemink e-learning Spanish's curator insight, February 4, 2014 4:43 PM

Learn #Spanish in a fast and provicient way, #online - professional educational plaform, blended learning teaching invironment.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 27, 2014 2:09 AM

This article basically explains what blended learning is, and how to incorporate technology in a meaningful way. Also has useful advice on how to introduce blended learning within a school.

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A vision statement from the President - SLANZA

A vision statement from the President - SLANZA | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
I really believe that school libraries make a difference to the educational outcomes of students in New Zealand, I believe that the work we do every day is important, and that the students we work with would tell you that this is ...
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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization.

As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2013, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a “curriculum” is defined.

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Some interesting principles here that I need to think about some more.

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School Library Research - PA School Library Project - LibGuides at HSLC

School Library Research - PA School Library Project - LibGuides at HSLC | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A school library research project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study the impact of school library programs and librarians on student achievement
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A LibGuide with very useful links to a range of resources on school library research.

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No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait

Digital literacy is about more than just adding technology into the teaching we already do. The following common teaching practices that we have seen in classrooms as researchers and as parents of school-age children do not help develop digital literacy and may even kill students’ motivation to develop their savvy use of technology and the Internet. We must stop these practices. Immediately.


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John Williams's comment, September 4, 2013 3:57 PM
Bonnie I agree parents are important today so many seem to be tuned out to the needs of there children, it is a lot more than just material needs, that parents need to provide, and with the prevalence of single parent homes, it is even harder. I feel as much for the parent of these homes as I do for the children it can not be easy wearing all the hats.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 4, 2013 4:12 PM
I have long hours of work in places where the parents did not or would not participate. Sometimes they did not know. Some groups like Wired Safety , have Mom groups.. or PTA groups. Thanks for your comment.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 4, 2013 4:12 PM
I have long hours of work in places where the parents did not or would not participate. Sometimes they did not know. Some groups like Wired Safety , have Mom groups.. or PTA groups. Thanks for your comment.
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Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail?

Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Walmart Corporate This past week, I worked with a small group of educators on becoming a "Networked Educator", and we had some great conversations about ho...

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:51 PM

Using the analogy of teaching a student to drive, this article makes some great points about the teaching of digital citizenship. I think the inference is also for secondary. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:28 AM

Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail? Great blog from a school principal

Corinne Hinton's curator insight, August 21, 2013 4:10 PM

Great #digitalcitizenship rubric for schools.

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TLCenter - Designing Lessons Pathfinder

This pathfinder provides examples of resources and tools for teachers and teacher librarians who are designing lessons focused on content areas and information literacy.

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Reviews, resource links, pathfinders...

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MOOC - Setup for Failure?

MOOC - Setup for Failure? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
MOOCs are continuing to fail due to low completion rates. While the premise is sound, MOOCs are inherently flawed.
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A point the author makes gives an indication that a lot of the MOOCs are still based on a virtual classroom setting with the lecturer uploading their lecture to the space and students still doing assignments as in a traditional higher education setting.  "The online learning approach that 95% of higher education institutions follow is synchronous based, which is quite different than what form of online learning exists in the corporate setting – asynchronous based"

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School Library Research Summarized (and newly updated ...

School Library Research Summarized (and newly updated ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
and drill down into particular aspects of school library programs, such as what quality programs look like, what effective school librarians do and their dispositions. They also seek to learn what stakeholders—teachers, school ...
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Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, August 15, 2013 10:53 AM
Rather interesting evidence of an emerging research field - school libraries! Universities and research centres are providing is with SL focused research as well as SL staff specialised training. Maturity signs for all of us, betting on this since at least 1996... Thanks for sharing, Karen
AngieMartinez's curator insight, September 9, 2013 10:37 AM

Great go-to resource for facts and figures to help in School Library adocacy.

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How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores - Teachers With Apps

How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores - Teachers With Apps | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Audiobooks have been used in classrooms for decades because listening builds critical listening, comprehension and fluency skills.  Oral language precedes written language (i.e. developmentally), making listening an important component of language acquisition.  In fact, there are reading methods such as The Daily 5 which include listening as a component of reading instruction..."

 

http://teacherswithapps.com/audiobooks-raise-reading-scores/


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John Evans's comment, August 8, 2013 10:12 AM
For some unknown reason the link to the article did not transfer over so here it is: http://teacherswithapps.com/audiobooks-raise-reading-scores/
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 14, 2013 12:41 PM

I agree using Overdrive as a listening experience will increase your student's vocabulary ten fold.