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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Four Futures for School Libraries – Guest Post by Valerie Hill

Four Futures for School Libraries – Guest Post by Valerie Hill | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
4 themes for school libraries in 2014 by by Dr. Valerie Hill. The four areas for the future of School Libraries that Dr. Hill outlines are: Critical Thinking Constructivist Learning Collaboration D...
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Critical thinking, constructivist learning, collaboration, digital citizenship

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:23 PM

Proposta de 4 dimensões prioritárias para as bibliotecas escolares em 2014:

Pensamento Crítico

Aprendizagem Construtivista

Colaboração

Cidadania Digital

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:05 AM

School Libraries of the future

Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 22, 2014 3:41 PM

4 themes for 2014  for  school libraries  are critical thinking,, constructivist learning, collaboration and digital citizenship

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School libraries change lives, says new report - News - TES

School libraries change lives, says new report - News - TES | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

School libraries need to be protected from budget cuts because they play an essential role in improving academic outcomes and student well-being, according to a new report.

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Doesn't matter which country you come from the findings are the same. School libraries are essential in the development of literacy capabilities for every student. 

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Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, March 12, 2014 10:37 AM

Best quote from the article: Novelist James Robertson, meanwhile, said that libraries were “as essential a part of school as a classroom”. He added: “You can’t just fill an empty room with books and call it a library – you need somebody to encourage children and show them how to use it.”

That's what we do. 

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What If We Hired 4 Teachers For Every 3 Classrooms?

What If We Hired 4 Teachers For Every 3 Classrooms? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
What If We Hired 4 Teachers For Every 3 Classrooms?

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The 4th person may already be on staff. In many cases they are the teacher librarian. Congratulations to the schools that, against all odds and regardless of what the status quo has been, have retained the teacher librarian in their school.

 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 10, 2014 12:05 PM

...and what if that 4th teacher was already in the building but it happens to be the teacher-librarian? We have a PR problem in our ranks if we are not recognized as a team member tasked with the competencies of which Dr. Wiggins speaks. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 10, 2014 2:35 PM

I don' t necessarily think this is the solution, but it might be part of a larger solution for education. It would require different working together which might be more collaborative. This has a sense of team teaching which can be very effective in the right situations.

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Media center changes mean fewer books - Meriden Record-Journal

Media center changes mean fewer books - Meriden Record-Journal | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Media center changes mean fewer books
Meriden Record-Journal
Part of the motivation behind downsizing the number of physical books in the new media centers is that students and teachers are using their school libraries increasingly in different ways.
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Tornado-Proof Library New Addition To Tulsa Public Schools

Tornado-Proof Library New Addition To Tulsa Public Schools | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Tornado-Proof Library New Addition To Tulsa Public Schools News On 6 Tulsa Public Schools broke ground on a $2.9 million expansion for Mitchell Elementary that will create eight new classrooms and a 2,600 square foot library that will double as a...
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Ohio Street Elementary School celebrates literacy with zoo animals and reading - WatertownDailyTimes.com

Ohio Street Elementary School celebrates literacy with zoo animals and reading - WatertownDailyTimes.com | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Ohio Street Elementary School celebrates literacy with zoo animals and reading WatertownDailyTimes.com The event, hosted by the Parent-Teacher Association, included presentations by zookeepers from the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park and guest...
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How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom

How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.

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Interesting connections to the classroom environment - need for interactivity, on-demand, gratification and more.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 19, 2014 3:17 AM

Worth reading... we need to bridge that gap for good!!

Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 6:06 AM

Interesting insights, American-based, but applicable worldwide. 

Serge Dielens * Phygital Marketing Communication expert @ EdgeCommunication.be *'s curator insight, March 23, 2014 6:20 AM

L'école est-elle (loin-très loin-trop loin) à la traîne en Belgique?

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10 Big Education Stories You Should Know About

10 Big Education Stories You Should Know About | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Here are our picks for the must-read education stories of the past few days. You can see all these stories, some witty remarks, and more over at Learn Egg. Enjoy!
The post 10 Big Education Stories You Should Know About appeared first on Edudemic.
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Keep an eye on the trends happening in education.

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Report: No Librarians At Half Of LAUSD Middle, Elementary School Libraries

Budget cuts in the Los Angeles Unified School District have left about half of the 600 elementary and middle school libraries throughout the city without lib...
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A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit

A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A true digital citizen understands how to ethically use the works of others to build his or her own creative products—music, art, video,...
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A most useful toolkit for educators.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 7, 2014 4:35 PM

What a great find! Keep this handy for the inevitable questions that arise as students delve into research and create projects.  Thanks Karen Bonanno for sharing!

Character Minutes's curator insight, March 8, 2014 6:21 PM

Looks like a great resource!

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 14, 2014 6:52 AM

I'd say  this just about covers it!  Thanks @Joyce Valenza

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The Closing of British Libraries - Library Journal

The Closing of British Libraries - Library Journal | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The Closing of British Libraries
Library Journal (blog)
Something like that already seems to be happening with school libraries, but public libraries haven't faced anything like this sort of devastation.
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Libraries should not be thought of as money making institutions, but institutions that provide access to data, information, resources, materials and a common place where every person has equitable access to assist them to develop knowledge and skills to contribute to the productivity of their country. 

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Digital Literacy free learning materials | UK

Digital Literacy free learning materials | UK | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

These free materials are designed to empower pupils and students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Find the lessons that are just right for your classroom.

 

Browse by Key Stage or Year Group, for cross-curricular lessons which address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.


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Foundation to Year 10 resources and lessons from the UK.

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Anthony Beal's curator insight, March 2, 2014 1:15 PM

Some of these materials could be adapted for use in FE and Skills

J A Jones's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:46 AM

Many of these lessons could be integrated into library instruction.  Also available as free download from iTunes.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 4, 2014 12:02 AM

Digital literacy tools by grade will guide teachers with choosing technology to suit literacy levels.

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10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era

10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
How can a school library support an increasingly digital education? Learn about these 10 changes to keep up with the digital transition.
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Some smart approaches to the digital shift in school libraries. 

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, March 12, 2014 7:19 PM
All based on collected data in your specific location and then adapting1 As stated in the article: “Do you see what these 10 changes spell? USERS ADAPT,” concluded Luhtala. “And that’s what today’s library is all about: adapting.”
Jan Watts's curator insight, March 16, 2014 7:53 PM

Are you working hard to align your library practice with the digitally-supported learning that is happening in your school?  This post makes some sensible suggestions.....

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:09 PM

Our library needs a librarian first!

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Survey shows deep class divide in reading habits

Survey shows deep class divide in reading habits | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Researchers identify significant link between deprivation and not reading books
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Watch television or choose a book?

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:27 AM

Survey shows deep class divide in reading habits

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9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive

9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Google Drive is a powerful productivity suite with an increasing potential in education. From storing documents to creating stunning presentations and drawings, Google Drive empowers you with the necessary tools to enhance your productivity and augment your workflow.  I have been sharing several guides and materials on how teachers can tap into the power of this platform and this section aggregates all I have shared in this regard so far."


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Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, March 11, 2014 10:06 AM

Great suggestions on how students can use Google Docs

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:28 AM
9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive
Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:51 PM

I've still got a few things to teach my class but we are getting there.

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Students showcase literacy with cross-country Google Hangouts - The Gazette

Students showcase literacy with cross-country Google Hangouts - The Gazette | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Students showcase literacy with cross-country Google Hangouts The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines “I'm not giving up until I get all 50 states done,” says Jennifer Zurawski, a library media/instructional technology specialist for...
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Lewis Griswold: Ex-resident plans a London library - Fresno Bee

Lewis Griswold: Ex-resident plans a London library - Fresno Bee | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Lewis Griswold: Ex-resident plans a London library
Fresno Bee
Teacher Robert Isquierdo Jr. grew up in the rural Tulare County town of London and wants his old community to have a library — even if he has to start one himself, book by book.
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Are there still jobs for librarians? - artsHub Australia

Are there still jobs for librarians? - artsHub Australia | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Are there still jobs for librarians?
artsHub Australia (subscription)
Mary Mavroudis, Information Specialist at a university library for the past 18 years, similarly perceived fundamental changes to her role.
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"Librarians have moved away from being curators of collections to curators of information and deliver information in many new different ways, beyond the physical library building,’ said Reynolds."

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 9, 2014 8:21 AM

I hope there are jobs for librarians ALL OVER!

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Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

danah boyd (she doesn’t capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, and she’s made it available as a free PDF. On her website she writes, “I didn’t write this book to make money. I wrote this book to reach as wide of an audience as I possibly could.


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Tricia Adams's curator insight, March 10, 2014 7:06 AM

Social history and reflection on today's connected youth - looks interesting

gawlab's curator insight, March 16, 2014 9:01 PM

a téléchargé la copie libre  du livre de danah boyd. 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 22, 2014 2:58 AM

Free Download

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Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom

Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are acknowledging and welcoming the relative advantages of social media into the teaching and learning process. From creating school Facebook pages to connecting students with
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Naturally age restrictions would apply if the expectation was for the students to have social media accounts, but this should not limit the demonstration of social media (in the context of other media) by the teacher to younger students. 

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Reinventing a Public High School with Problem-Based Learning - YouTube

Sammamish High School is in the midst of a five-year process to change from traditional teaching to an entirely problem-based curriculum. Follow the journey ...

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Students actively working together to solve a problem is one example.

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How to Use Google Slides to Organize Research

How to Use Google Slides to Organize Research | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Like many of you, when I was in middle school and high school we were taught to create index cards to organize our research. After creating the cards we sorted them into an order to support writing our research papers. That same concept can be applied to organizing research with Google Slides.

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Collaborating, Communicating, Critical Thinking, and Creating : It's More than a Place to Borrow Books

Collaborating, Communicating, Critical Thinking, and Creating : It's More than a Place to Borrow Books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Our library is a vibrant place, filled with eager students who love to choose a "just right" book to borrow.  But our library is more than just a place to listen to stories and learn  how to find a book.  Our library is a media resource center where students learn to access information about topics of interest, to use different technology and Web 2.0 tools to collaborate with their classmates, to communicate and share information with students at other schools, and to nurture a love of books and literacy.

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A principal's point of view on school libraries. 

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Colorado Administrator Forges New Path for School Librarians

Colorado Administrator Forges New Path for School Librarians | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
When budget cuts forced her district to cut back on librarians' schedules, Julie A. Bowline re-deployed her librarians as digital literacy teachers.
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Embracing and leveraging change.

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