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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Litchfield Center School students host daily news program - Torrington Register Citizen

Litchfield Center School students host daily news program - Torrington Register Citizen | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Litchfield Center School students host daily news program
Torrington Register Citizen
Media Specialist Joanne Moore created the show two years ago to replace the morning announcement. The show is anchored by two students in ...
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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library.  A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn.  When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money.  I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.

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A librarian, media specialist, and educational technology integrator pushes the envelop in her school - yes, this is one person who is supported by her school principal.

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 15, 2014 3:05 PM

Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:28 PM

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

Radhika Singh's curator insight, May 15, 2014 4:21 AM

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea for using space creatively.

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Many L.A. Unified school libraries, lacking staff, are forced to shut

Many L.A. Unified school libraries, lacking staff, are forced to shut | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In the sun-filled space at the Roy Romer Middle School library, thousands of books invite students to stimulate their curiosity and let their imaginations soar. There is classic "Tom Sawyer" and popular "Harry Potter," biographies of Warren Buffett and Tony Blair, illustrated books on reptiles and comets.
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Different thinking needs to be brought to the decision making process. Very narrow minded if budgets are the only driving force.

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SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0

SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0 | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Evolution, in its broadest sense, serves as a force to help humans move towards a better way of living given the current times or Zeitgeist.  It follows, then, that the education field should evolv...
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Education 3.0 is about the three Cs but a different set – connectors, creators, constructivists. 

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10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers

10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
February 16, 2014
Knowing how to develop a bibliography and cite the resources you drew on  in your research papers are two elemental skills for any student researcher. Correct and accurate...

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Jan Watts's curator insight, February 25, 2014 5:13 PM

It is essential that students are able to cite the sources of their information. These tools are great support for this....

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 14, 2014 4:22 AM
10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 29, 2014 12:49 PM

Excellent collection of tools for teachers and students. I will include these in my campaign to get teachers to ask students to cite.

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Two Heads are Better than One: Librarian as Co-Teacher

Two Heads are Better than One:  Librarian as Co-Teacher | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

When Cathy Stutzman began working with inquiry, and then specifically with the Inquiry Learning Plan (ILP), I did a lot of co-teaching with her.  At the end of the course, we asked students about the impact of having a librarian as co-teacher in their classes.  Here’s what they had to say:

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The power of the student voice.

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The 10 Biggest Trends in Ed Tech -- THE Journal

The 10 Biggest Trends in Ed Tech -- THE Journal | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Our panel of experts declare which products and practices are heating up, and which are losing steam.
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It will be interesting to see how these view compare with the K-12 Horizon Report when it is published this year.

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The Busy Teacher’s Quick Guide To Blended Learning

The Busy Teacher’s Quick Guide To Blended Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Blended learning is a combination of some face-to-face teaching and some online teaching.
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A handy infographic that helps to identify the detail. 

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Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs ...

Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The results of a pilot study of Missouri’s Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) suggest that summer reading programs actually raise student reading levels by their return to school in the fall—particularly among at-risk kids.

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The 3 E's of Literacy: Strategies to Nurture A Love of Reading

The 3 E's of Literacy: Strategies to Nurture A Love of Reading | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Bookworms everywhere mourned the state of our country when Pew released a poll that found 23 percent of Americans didn't read a single book in the previous year. Things aren't looking particularly encouraging for future generations, either. Experts estimate that only 1/3 of parents regularly read to their children, even though reading plays an immense role in cognitive development.

 

Despite these depressing statistics, there is reason to take heart. With a greater emphasis on literacy research and advocacy, teachers have more information than ever about how to best cultivate a love for literacy in the classroom. There are numerous methods, but most fall under "the three E's of literacy."

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Maybe it's with whom you read that is the most memorable. 

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Why Invest in Libraries with Stephen Krashen

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Stephen Krashen | Presentation at LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014.To discuss libraries, several important results from educational research will be of use. 
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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, February 16, 2014 2:24 PM

A very good reminder now that "Budget talk" is going on in our schools, and librarians are not mentioned as necessary.

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, February 19, 2014 3:48 PM

Always take a momento to read Stephen Krashen and think about his words. 

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10 questions to ask when choosing education technology

10 questions to ask when choosing education technology | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Karen Nemeth, founder and lead consultant for Language Castle and cofounder of ECTN, also emphasized that the first place to begin, before even thinking about technology, is in the tools already available in the classroom.

 

“Don’t fall for iPad or ‘app mania’! Technology is not always the best choice,” said Nemeth. “Apps designed for kids aren’t always better than what you may already have, and that goes for mobile devices too! Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s better!”

Karen Bonanno's insight:

A good batch of questions to consider as you are choosing the value of the technology.

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Hardy Middle Strives for Modern Library - The Georgetown Dish

Hardy Middle Strives for Modern Library - The Georgetown Dish | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The Georgetown Dish Hardy Middle Strives for Modern Library The Georgetown Dish The new Hardy Middle School librarian loves the activity so much that in order to reel in students, she expanded the collection to include — and even showcase — graphic...
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Your students are your best advocates

Your students are your best advocates | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Keep their stories on hand to share with other stakeholders. For example, these stories were recently shared on the AASLForum email list.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

The student voice can be very strong ... also, don't forget the parent voice as well.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, February 26, 2014 3:23 AM

"Recently a student inadvertently highlighted both the need for certified librarians and the gap in understanding of what we do within the school."

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 20, 2014 6:28 AM

Os nossos melhores defensores são os alunos que sabem a diferença que faz uma biblioteca escolar com pessoal qualificado e atento. Basta ir recolhendo histórias - quanto mais não seja para aquecer o coração e dar ânimo !

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School Libraries: Oklahoma Librarian Receives Check from Ellen Degeneres

School Libraries: Oklahoma Librarian Receives Check from Ellen Degeneres | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This week, Ashley Kirby Thomas, school librarian at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Broken Arrow, Okla., found herself "living in a dream." The dream came courtesy of talk show host Ellen Degenres, who presented her school with a check for $25,000, a van and Target gift cards for her students.
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The celebration continues ....

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Digital Storytelling - LiveBinder

Digital Storytelling - LiveBinder | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Digital Storytelling Resources

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, February 23, 2014 9:11 AM

add your insight...

 

 
Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, February 23, 2014 11:57 PM

Digital storytelling. Integrating technology with Australian Curriculum - English

Stephie's curator insight, April 26, 2014 3:10 PM

This website is a Live Binder Resource on Digital Storytelling.

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A Big Surprise for Kirby

A Big Surprise for Kirby | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Ellen loves educators, and when she heard about this one, she knew what she had to do! Check out what Ellen shipped to her for this big surprise!
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Congratulations to Kirby and thank you to Ellen.

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Parents as advocates for the school library

Parents as advocates for the school library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Parents can be some our greatest advocates for supporting strong school library media programs.  Traditionally school librarians have appreciated the support of parents who have shelved books, manned the circulation desk and coordinated bookfairs. ...
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With school/community decision making it is best to engage with the parents as much as possible. 

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Why Genre Rules e-Books, and What the Big Publishers Are Doing About It

Why Genre Rules e-Books, and What the Big Publishers Are Doing About It | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The future of book publishing is increasingly digital -- and increasingly tilted towards genre fiction.
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Certain genres have a higher digital adoption - time to observe user patterns. 

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information fluency versus information literacy: what is the difference?

information fluency versus information literacy: what is the difference? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Back in the Spring of 2009 I created a Google alert for the phrase information fluency. At that time the phrase was being thrown around left and right. The alert helped me stay abreast of what peop...
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Food for thought, discussion and debate?

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Teacher associations support Australian Curriculum | SCIS

Teacher associations support Australian Curriculum | SCIS | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Education Services Australia partnered with Australian teachers’ associations to develop practical, classroom-related digital resources that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum. In this article Gabrielle England provides an overview of resources available for Phase 1 Learning Areas.
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Associations have prepared some units of work that will be of interest. 

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6 Core Benefits of Competency Based Education

6 Core Benefits of Competency Based Education | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
From flipped classrooms, to 1:1 programs, MOOCs and project based learning, there are a lot of educational trends to keep up on. Like competency based education.
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With all the trends are you still focusing on competency based learning?

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Online Learning in Libraries Targets High-School Dropouts

Online Learning in Libraries Targets High-School Dropouts | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The concept of the traditional library continues to evolve from rooms teeming with musty books, dusty shelves and spinster librarians shushing patrons. The latest evolution involves offering online alternatives to high-school dropouts, allowing them the opportunity to earn a diploma rather than a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

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These offerings will be interesting to watch and see how they develop over time. 

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Crittenden Middle School Library 2014

Crittenden Middle School Library 2014
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The school library  and the school librarian are changing .....

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Lourense Das's curator insight, February 15, 2014 5:53 AM

School library of the 21st century: adapt, change and survive [video]

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The Duston School - Winners of the School Library Design of the Year Award 2012

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Lourense Das's curator insight, February 19, 2014 5:00 AM

From 'borrowing-library' to 'function' in learning. The Duston School wins #SLA Library Design Award 2012 [video]

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:14 PM

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