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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Running a Maker Faire - Invent to Learn

Running a Maker Faire - Invent to Learn | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
After being inspired by our fantastic day working with Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez at the Invent to Learn day hosted by Brisbane Catholic Education (which you can read about in the earlier post...
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Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons from anot
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Create a learning experience for your students.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 20, 2014 4:36 PM

Still contemplating this.  I'll have a better idea of space once we complete some minor renovations this summer in the library.


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Tips for Teaching Digital & Information Literacy

Tips for Teaching Digital & Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

We had such an exciting PD session yesterday! Naomi Bates brought so much energy to the session, and formed a connection between her and the participants throughout her presentation. As one of our participants put it, she really kept them on their toes!


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Check out the video that accompanies this post for more tips.

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Creative Problem Solving: Students’ skills in tackling real-life problems

The capacity to engage creatively in cognitive processing to understand and resolve problem situations where a method of solution is not immediately obvious ...
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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 5, 2014 5:24 PM

Global comparisons and real-life skills.

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Wonderful Visual Featuring The Three Versions of Bloom's Taxonomy

Wonderful Visual Featuring The Three Versions of Bloom's Taxonomy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"I have been sharing several visuals on Bloom's Taxonomy over the last couple of years but I  never came across a graphic that captures the essence of the three versions of Bloom's taxonomy as the one below. Actually, Bloom's taxonomy comes only into two versions, the original which was created by a  committee of educators chaired by  Benjamin Bloom  sometime in the 1950s of last century. During the 1990s another group of educators and cognitive psychologists led by Lorin Anderson ( a former student of Bloom) updated the original version to make it convenient with the learning needs of the 21st century."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 4, 2014 6:31 PM

The digital Bloom's will likely continue to evolve like the original one has over time. That is essential in moving our learning and thinking ahead.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 5, 2014 1:34 PM

Great side by side graphic of Bloom's original, revised, and digital taxonomies.

Debbie Rogers's curator insight, April 5, 2014 9:29 PM

Creating - the concrete,pictorial, abstract progression of deep comprehension  leading to higher level applications and with feedback, more creation! 

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School Library Monthly - Research that Resonates: Influencing Stakeholders

The library profession has strong evidence that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, achieve academic standards, and score higher on standardized tests than students in schools without school libraries and librarians. School librarians must seize the charge to use this body of research and master "messaging" strategies to create library advocates among school and community stakeholders and, hopefully, one or two school library champions.
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Informing advocates to help you get the message out.

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Our School Libraries Make Us HAPPY! (West De Pere School District) - YouTube

The School District of West De Pere, in De Pere, WI, is celebrating April's "School Library Month" by showing the world how HAPPY we are to be in our librari...
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Lots of happy kids here.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, April 6, 2014 8:18 AM

Lots of happy kids in the school library [video]

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The Cyberbullying Issue (And What Teachers Can Do To Help)

The Cyberbullying Issue (And What Teachers Can Do To Help) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Cyberbullying poses a problem for students that teachers and parents often can’t help with – because they don’t always know.
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Infographic provides some statistics about cyberbullying, along with some tips for both parents and educators.

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Dr. Stephen Krashen defends libraries at LAUSD Board Meeting - YouTube

Dr. Krashen, Professor Emeritus of USC, and world renowned language acquisition expert speaks in support of more libraries and librarians in LAUSD. February ...
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Dr Krashen rolls out the research findings - the better the school library the higher the reading scores.

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Blended Learning Models - YouTube

Blended Learning combines the best of personalized online learning with face-to-face onsite support and hands-on application. Through the flex and rotational...
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Interesting viewpoints expressed about blended learning. Rotation and flex models described. 

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Librarian Appears on “Ellen” and Transforms Her Library: A Q&A with Ashley Kirby Thomas

Librarian Appears on “Ellen” and Transforms Her Library: A Q&A with Ashley Kirby Thomas | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has recently been highlighting school libraries on her afternoon talk show “Ellen.” In a show that aired February 20, Ellen surprised Ashley Kirby Thomas, a media specialist at McAuliffe Elementary School in the Union Public Schools District (in Broken Arrow, OK), with a bookmobile filled with books and iPad minis and a $25,000 check from Entitled Books, an ebook publishing company. In addition, Target donated $75 gift cards for over 700 students at McAuliffe Elementary, a Title 1 school.

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A Simple, Open-Ended Assignment: Explain When You’re Creative

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A Simple, Open-Ended Assignment: Explain When You're Creative
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Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia?

Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Being literate used to be about knowing how to read. In the 21st century it also means knowing how to negotiate through the torrent of information coming at you from all directions. Information Fatigue…
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Using Wikipedia to develop background knowledge, identify key words and phrases to assist in further searching and generally getting students immersed in content with the opportunity to explore other resources on the topic isn't such a bad thing.

 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 29, 2014 9:54 AM

All kinds of literacy and all are important to student and human growth!

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:23 AM

Such an interesting perspective on why the gatekeepers want to keep students away from Wikipedia.

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The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries

The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
If you've been following our blog, you saw this coming: we love libraries.  Remembering our libraries from early school days,  no one spoke above a whisper, the Dewey Decimal System ruled from litt...

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 12, 2014 2:53 PM

A great blog post about the importance of school librarians. SMT's need to read this and begin to understand the important role that a school librarian can play in their school. We are not those people that issue books and keep control at lunchtime. They are important but they are not librarians. 

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 12, 2014 7:54 PM

The costs to student learning as a result of axing school libraries

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 14, 2014 3:36 AM
Value of school libraries
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Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Dr. Judi Moreillon and her Texas Women’s University colleague, Dr. Teresa Starrett (who teaches preservice principals in Educational Leadership), just launched the powerful crowdsourced film, Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School.

The 5-minute film features administrators around the country describing the value of the teacher librarian in school culture.

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Emerging trends in libraries for 2014

Technology trends in libraries for 2014 and beyond.
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Embrace the trends or be left behind

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 1:38 AM

Embrace the technology that's on the horizon

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Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

We are becoming increasingly aware of the need to analyze the enormous amount of information we receive every day.  This information helps us in our cognitive development and participates in the construction of our patterns of perception of reality. In the case of children and young people, these patterns are in continual development.

Critical thought is a cognitive process that proposes the systematic analysis of information, opinion and statements that we accept in our daily life as valid or true. It is a basic skill for a competent, free and responsible citizen.

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8 elements to consider in the critical thinking process. 

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.


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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 2014 12:17 PM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 2014 2:53 PM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 2014 5:49 AM

Πώς εξελίσσεται η διδακτική πράξη.

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Why Do You Abandon A Book?

Why Do You Abandon A Book? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Have you ever picked up a book that someone recommended to you that you were super excited to read, and you just couldn’t get into it?
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Too many stories with multiple characters - just can't follow the plot.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, April 3, 2014 5:57 AM

You have the right to abandon books you're not enjoying.  You may enjoy them some other time, or perhaps that book just isn't for you!  Don't feel guilty.

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Stripling's ALA Year Focuses on Library Declaration, Advocacy, Transformations - Syracuse University News

Stripling's ALA Year Focuses on Library Declaration, Advocacy, Transformations - Syracuse University News | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Stripling's ALA Year Focuses on Library Declaration, Advocacy, Transformations Syracuse University News Given that many public and school libraries have been facing heavy community scrutiny and dire challenges to their value, funding, and even...
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School libraries are transforming into 21st century learning commons | School District #73

School libraries are transforming into 21st century learning commons | School District #73 | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
With the digital revolution, information access, use, and communication have changed along with the definition of literacy. Accessing and collecting...
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A list of things you may encounter when you visit your school library.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, April 6, 2014 8:20 AM

The 21st century school library: more than just books and borrowing

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:02 AM

Some great tips for 21st Century libraries

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 15, 2014 2:48 PM

Catch a glimpse of a modern school library.  : )

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Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish - YouTube

Visit http://www.edutopia.org/manor. Go inside Manor New Technology High School, where an unwavering commitment to an effective schoolwide PBL model keeps bo...
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The students are excelling at their work and engage in multiple projects throughout the year. A great success story. 

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The Need for the School Library

The Need for the School Library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
According to an article written for the Voice of San Diego, many of the
libraries in public schools across the city are not staffed.  The reason
for this lack of staff comes from, suprise, lack of funding, but also from
union rules that state librarians, library assistants and techs cannot be
replaced by a volunteer or staff that would replace the job of the above
positions in any meaningful way.  This causes the great support structure a
school librarian can give to a classroom, helping not only in research for
the students but for information for teachers.
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Elena Orlova's curator insight, March 30, 2014 2:21 AM

Необходимость школьной библиотеки

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 8, 2014 5:30 PM

School libraries with qualified librarians are essential! 

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Students take a stand for libraries - Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Students take a stand for libraries - Philadelphia Public School Notebook | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Students take a stand for libraries
Philadelphia Public School Notebook
but also the loss of all those other essentials that support student learning and achievement, like school libraries.
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How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
From Obamacare to getting kids reading, libraries have a bigger part to play in local communities than ever before, says Larra Clark
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