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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Your Students Don’t Stink at Research: Your Software Does

Your Students Don’t Stink at Research: Your Software Does | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

InstaGrok perspective on how it will help your students become better researchers.

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InstaGrok provides students with a dynamic way to engage in research.

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Teacher Librarian - December 2012 digital edition

Teacher Librarian - December 2012 digital edition | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The digital edition of Teacher Librarian | December 2012

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Includes articles on reading programs, forming iTeams/iStaff, Flipped Librarians, Collaborative Learning and more.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 16, 2013 3:30 AM

A lot of interesting reading!

Carey Leahy's curator insight, January 17, 2013 12:05 AM

Several articles worth reading.Infant literacy, 'Flipping' support and App usage.

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Performance Evaluation of School Librarians - AASL Essential Links

Resources for the development of school library programs - special emphasis on essential links to support the evaluation of school librarians.

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These essential links provide access to a great toolkit of professional reading, standards, evaluation rubric and guidelines.

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A Visual Primer On Learning Theory

A Visual Primer On Learning Theory | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

1. Behaviorism: learning is a process of reacting to external stimuli

2. Cognitivism: learning is a process of acquiring and storing information

3. Constructivism: meaning is continuously “constructed” through experience and reflection

4. Connectivism: learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes


Via John Evans
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This is a great graphic on four significant learning theories - well worth considering it as a display.

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Dr. Ruby Parker's curator insight, August 28, 2013 5:23 PM

A great visual tool to introduce learning theory.

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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably...
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With 2013 being the international year of statistics http://www.statistics2013.org/ infographics will be a very useful tool for students and teachers to display project work.

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School Library Thrives After Ditching Print Collection

School Library Thrives After Ditching Print Collection | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

“We used to think of a library as a building with stacks of books,” says Skinner, who has served as high school principal of the St. Louis Park, MN, Catholic preparatory school since 2007. “Now we should think of it as a space where people come together to share ideas, be creative, access information, and even read. Instead of thinking of it so literally, we should think of it as a more active space and evolving.”

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This quote from the principal sums up the role of the teacher librarian -- “I want someone who understands the role of a librarian as an instructional partner, an information specialist, a program administrator, and a school leader. I think the role and importance of a librarian and a media specialist is highly underrated. I am excited to get someone with a strong vision.”

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5 Reasons The iPad Will Stay The King of the Classroom

5 Reasons The iPad Will Stay The King of the Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The biggest and most oft-heard criticism of the iPad usually revolves around it not behaving like a desktop PC or laptop. The people making this complaint are simply missing the point.
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Interesting that the author has included reference to the SAMR model - this model can also be applied to other educational innovations.

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13 Ways to Learn in 2013: The eLearning Coach

13 Ways to Learn in 2013: The eLearning Coach | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Expand your learning options with this list of 13 new ways and things to learn.
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For those engaged in inquiry based learning, these ideas will be most inspiring and helpful.

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Focus on One Fish and Follow It

Focus on One Fish and Follow It | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A group of three little girls, probably about fourth or fifth graders, hopped and skipped over to the aquarium, and when they got there, one of them announced (excitedly, and with an air of playground authority), “focus on one fish and follow it!”

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Focus = Follow One Course Until Successful

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Comparing school library perspectives - Principal's versus Librarian's

Comparing school library perspectives - Principal's versus Librarian's | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This post reflects on Principal's perceptions of school librarians compared to how the librarians saw themselves in research conducted by Tricia Kuon and Holly Weimar.

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How does your principal demonstrate that he/she values you? In this post the following statement should encourage teacher librarians to take on board a bigger picture focus for the coming year - "The Principal's view is broader and management-focussed, the librarian's is narrower and task-focussed."

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At libraries, children find delight in reading to dogs

At libraries, children find delight in reading to dogs | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
At libraries, children find delight in reading to dogs
Washington Post
It took a while for Cynthia Power — a teacher at Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington County and a volunteer with People Animals Love, or PAL, a D.C.
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Certainly a different way to encourage our kids to read, but the dogs are there to listen - no growling, no barking allowed!

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Journal of Information Literacy

Journal of Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

open access journal of information literacy - aims to investigate information literacy in all its forms to address the interests of diverse IL communities of practice.

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A range of research articles - some very relevant to the school environment.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 1, 2013 5:10 PM

A great resource for PD and professional reading.

Carey Leahy's curator insight, January 1, 2013 6:10 PM

Informative primary source articles for use in study and research.  Free access

Terheck's curator insight, January 3, 2013 5:39 AM

Some good articles for everyone interested on Information Literacy.

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Libraries Try to Update the Bookstore Model

Libraries Try to Update the Bookstore Model | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
As librarians struggle with the task of redefining their roles in a digital age, many are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores.

Via Anu Ojaranta
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I see lots of potential here for school libraries [bracketed sections KB insight] -- "reinventing themselves as vibrant town squares [learning commons], showcasing the latest best sellers [age relevant & engaging fiction], lending Kindles [or equivalent] loaded with e-books, and offering grass-roots technology training centers" [access to core technology tools as information and content creation suites]. 

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DAVID WHEELER: Have a question? Ask a librarian

DAVID WHEELER: Have a question? Ask a librarian | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
One of the most under-appreciated jobs in education is the school librarian. Where else can you get book recommendations for readers of all ages or help with writing an essay?
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We certainly need more school principals like David in the system.  Thank you David for your insight.

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School Libraries Count! | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Libraries Count! | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School Libraries Count! survey
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Five years of collated survey results.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:28 AM

Continuing to prove that a good program makes a difference!

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Libraries stress importance of children reading books

Libraries stress importance of children reading books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Even if children have access to digital devices, they still read,” said Crystal Hamrick, children’s librarian, Bridgeport Library. “If I can get them to read an electronic book, that is still good. Our library offers many digital books for our young readers.

“Reading is very important to character development, to understand how stories flow,” she said. “I can’t say that our kids are reading less. The amount of time given them to read has changed.

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The school and public library in any community provides equity of access for every child to be able to develop essential literacy skills through reading.

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UNESCO Launches Free Online Course on Media and Information Literacy

UNESCO Launches Free Online Course on Media and Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a free online course that supports Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Intercultural Dialogue. The course which is designed for teachers, policy makers and professionals will be offered over 13 weeks, from February 25 to May 31, 2013 and will be led by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia.

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A great initiative to develop leadership for media and information literacy in society.

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Teacher Librarians at The Heart of Student Learning

School library and information technology programs are a vital resource for student learning. This video to highlight the essential role teacher librarians p...
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This is a great video by the Washington Library Media Association. Outlines very clearly the role of the teacher librarian in the school community in a techology oriented environment with a strong focus on teaching and learning.

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Guidelines for Professional Library/Information Educational Programs - 2012 | IFLA

Guidelines for Professional Library/Information Educational Programs - 2012 | IFLA | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

These guidelines replace the last significant revision in 2000 and incorporate the inclusion of material in library school curricula that reflects the developments in the provision of library and information services in the 21st century.  They set the framework for the necessary objectives for library and information educational programmes: the requirements of core and useful curriculum elements to be included in teaching programmes, the faculty, staff and student requirements for these programmes and the need for the programmes to be well supported by information and other resources.

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A relevant document for higher education institutions offering LIS courses.

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Creative Commons Infographic: Licenses Explained

Creative Commons Infographic: Licenses Explained | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Do you use images or photos? Do you check with the owner before saving or copying or using? Are you using Creative Commons (CC) images and think that it’s all OK because the image labelled as CC therefore you’ve done all your supposed to?

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The infographic and video embedded in this post are very useful to help explain Creative Commons.

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Lucinda Scott-Kellermeier's curator insight, January 5, 2013 12:48 PM

Great explanations of the icons used on Creative Commons documents, and some good advice on proper attribution. Just because it's free doesn't mean we use without acknowledging origins! rescooped via Karen Bonanno.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 17, 2013 3:45 PM

A great, visual overview for classroom display.

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Amazing Resources to Discover and Curate Digital Curriculum for Teachers and Students

Amazing Resources to Discover and Curate Digital Curriculum for Teachers and Students | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

 posts dedicated to those educators attempting to curate the Digital Curriculum. Tools, processes and personal comments.

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Curation of collections - digital and physical - should definitely be on the agenda of the library professional.

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A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud

A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Today’s librarians have to know things like responsible use policies (also known as acceptable use policies) and how to guide students in the effective use of the Internet for research. For schools trying to incorporate technology into the curriculum these educators are key, because they speak the language of technology and education.

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This one supports the need for teacher librarians to take on the digital literacy aspects of the curriculum, especially sourcing resources and information online.

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Teacher Resources | Library of Congress

Teacher Resources | Library of Congress | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.
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This site is designed to provide classroom materials to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Congratulations to the Library of Congress for providing this service.

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Jisc Briefing Paper - Developing Digital Literacies

The JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme promotes
the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional
strategies for developing digital literacies for all staff and
students in UK further and higher education.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 1, 2013 3:27 PM

A must read for teacher librarians. Digital literacy will be a major focus for all educators especially within an Australian curriculum.

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, January 13, 2013 4:43 PM

Referencial para a educação e as literacias digitais, do Reino Unido. O que é o JISC?

We are a registered charity and work on behalf of UK higher education, further education and skills to champion the use of digital technologies.

Historically, JISC stood for Joint Information Systems Committee but over the last decade we have evolved and as a company we are now known as Jisc.

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Great Mind Mapping Apps for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Mind Mapping Apps for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"So you want to be able to capture your ideas wherever you are and put them into creative mind maps . There are actually several iPad apps to allow you to do just that. We have included in the list below the major mind mapping apps you might want to try on your iPad. These apps are all highly rated and work pretty good. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has also curated another list of mind mapping tools that work on the desktop http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/18-free-mind-mapping-tools-for-teachers.html versions."


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A great set of tools to support inquiry based learning.

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