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Report reveals shocking decline of Ontario’s school libraries

The past decade has seen Ontario’s school libraries marked by a dramatic decline in staffing and an increase in regional inequalities, says People for Education...
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Four keys to creating successful elearning programs

It’s no secret that online and blended learning are picking up momentum.

 

While many use the terms interchangeably, online learning and blended learning differ
slightly, said webinar moderator Butch Gemin of the Evergreen Education Group, which publishes iNACOL’s annual “Keeping Pace with Online Learning” report.


Online learning is teacher-led instruction delivered primarily via the internet, and it
includes software to provide a structured learning environment. Teachers and students are separated by geography.


Blended learning occurs any time a student learns in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar place, away from home, and at least in part through online delivery, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace.

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Google Docs Research Tool: A Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Google Docs Research Tool: A Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The new feature puts a new option in the Tools menu within a Google Doc called “Research.” To use it, you first highlight a word or phrase (or, as in the image below, a large chunk of text like a poem) in the document you’re writing, then click Tools –> Research (or use the keyboard shortcut: Command+Option+R on Mac; Control+Alt+R on Windows). This performs a Google Search on the highlighted words, the results of which pop up in a right-hand sidebar.

 

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Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google

Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. We've created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.

 

You'll find Search Literacy lessons and A Google A Day classroom challenges. Our search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

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iPads for Education | Victoria, Australia

iPads for Education | Victoria, Australia | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Learn about the Victorian iPads for Learning trial. Explore specially selected apps, classroom ideas and technical tips for using iPads in education.
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Thanks for sharing this. Very useful.
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Libraries help to make Australia a nation of readers but literacy levels are still startling low

Libraries help to make Australia a nation of readers but literacy levels are still startling low | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The alarming 2006 ABS statistic that just under half (46%) of adult Australians cannot confidently read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle, was a motivator for Australian libraries to found the National Year of Reading.

 

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With everything becoming available online we won't need librarians?

With everything becoming available online we won't need librarians? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

There have been many articles and blog posts lately debating the future of libraries. It is hard to imagine a school without one of these learning centers (where else would faculty meetings, testing, and baby showers take place?), but this post focuses on busting the myth that librarians will become obsolete.

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Teacher Librarian | Job Search - Search Jobs in Australia - Australia Job Search on JobSense.com.au

See Job details and similar jobs for Teacher Librarian. Search Jobs Employment and Career Opportunities in Australia.
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Importance of School Librarians | Video capture of crucial points

A video capture about the importance of libraries and librarians.

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Nearly 60 county schools to employ full-time library media specialists next year

Less than one-third of the 200 Prince George’s County schools will have a full-time library media specialist next year, after what many principals call a year of making do with school libraries closed three days the school week and finding other staff to teach research skills.

 

“Whenever you have a full-time media person, there is an opportunity for the person to work with classroom teachers,” said Frances Tolbert, principal at Cool Spring Elementary School in Adelphi, where there will be a full-time specialist this fall. “Students got the benefit of that coordination of services.”

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On the Spectrum: Reducing library access is wrong move - Lake County Record-Bee

"Exposure to news media at my high school library helped me to become engaged with my community. Fiction and non-fiction books at elementary and high school libraries promoted recreational reading and the chance to explore subjects and interests that appealed to me.How much more information is accessible to students in an unending barrage; librarians promote information literacy so that students become knowledgeable consumers.

Students who are left to fend for themselves in navigating information options will be placed at a disadvantage. Students on the wrong side of the digital divide, without access to information on the Internet, will be disadvantaged all-the-more."

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The Top 6 Reasons for Schools to Teach Safe Practices in Social ...

The Top 6 Reasons for Schools to Teach Safe Practices in Social ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Schools need to offer a sound curriculum in protective measures of social media that is methodical and practical. Let's choose wisely rather than rely on learning bits and pieces or possibly incorrect information from friends.
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Teacher Librarian Guides - Multiple resouces to assist practicing teacher librarians

TL guides to cover information literacy, school libraries, information fluency, curation, digital collections....an extensive and useful listing.

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High School Libraries: Educational Necessities | Is your library "uncool" and only for "nerds"?

High School Libraries: Educational Necessities | Is your library "uncool" and only for "nerds"? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
These are the thoughts of a girl in a world of many words.
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Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity, Learning & the Curriculum [video]

Edited highlights from Sir Ken Robinson's talk at Learning Without Frontiers recorded March 16th, 2011, London.
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E-book Nation [Infographic] Books vs e-book | each has a place

E-book Nation [Infographic] Books vs e-book | each has a place | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This infographic from Online Universities shows how ebooks have penetrated U.S. reading habits and book culture in relatively short time periods. With the advent of iBooks Author and other stellar applications for creating beautiful interactive books, who knows where we'll go from here?

 

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Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries

Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), as the leading international center dedicated to school libraries worldwide, provides an arena for the international community of school library scholars and practitioners to generate produce and share a substantial body of rigorous research on the dynamics and impacts of school libraries on student learning.

 

CISSL enables the adoption, adaptation, and transformation of systematic research to practice. The center provides professional development that supports the implementation of research findings to the learning-centered practice of school libraries.

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How to Use Pinterest for Your Library | VOYA

How to Use Pinterest for Your Library | VOYA | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Jennifer Rummel June 2012 Have you heard about the newest social media craze Pinterest?

Great idea to have a dedicated Library Pinterest Board as a way to promote and advocate what your library has to offer. So many good ideas suggested here.

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Critical reading for School leaders on the impact of school libraries on learning

Rutgers University Center for International scholarship in school libraries has  released the second part of their research into the impact of school libraries on learning.  Critical reading for school leaders


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School Library or Learning Commons: What's in a Name? |

School Library or Learning Commons: What's in a Name? | | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

-by Donna Alden, Teacher-Librarian What's the difference between a school library and a school learning commons, and does the name make a difference?

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School Librarians TEACH 21st Century Skills

From the Colorado Association of School Librarians (CASL).
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Teacher-Librarians : Darcy Moore's Blog | A deputy principal's view

Teacher-Librarians : Darcy Moore's Blog | A deputy principal's view | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

My pre-conference survey elicited a number of interesting responses. I have been collecting this kind of data for 4-5 years now and something is changing. Teacher-Librarians, in my previous experience, were resisting the inevitable changes wrought by the internet/WWW. No longer:

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Demands on students rise as resources are removed

Demands on students rise as resources are removed | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"I recently chatted with a school librarian for a story I was working on. When I arrived, she and the media specialist were helping a student understand a poem she had to analyze for a class. The media specialist looked the poem up online and the three chatted about it. The student left with her brow a bit less furrowed."

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Library teachers indispensable - The Herald Journal

Library teachers indispensable - The Herald Journal | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

So much incorrect information is on the Internet. Are we really willing to allow Wikipedia and the randomness of Google Search to determine our children’s futures? I understand budget cuts are needed in today’s economy, but the library is not a place where we can afford to cut from. I encourage all those who do see library teachers are indispensable to go to board meetings or let their board directors know.

Darbee Shauers, age 14

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Five Handy Things You Can Do with Google's New Knowledge Graph Search

Five Handy Things You Can Do with Google's New Knowledge Graph Search | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

By Melanie Pinola

 

"Earlier this week, Google introduced Knowledge Graph, the company's new search technology that understands "things not strings" and adds rich and relevant details about your query in the sidebar of your search results. Here are five great things you can now do with a quick Google search."

 

"I took the new version of Google Search for a spin to find out just what it can do, and have to say it's pretty useful. To recap, Google now connects your search query with its knowledgebase, which includes Wikipedia and the CIA World Factbook. If you search for a person, place, or thing within that 500+ million object database, Google adds the related key facts alongside the regular search results. (The tech is still rolling out, but you should see it when you're logged into Google sometime in the next few days, if you don't already.)


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