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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."


Via John Evans
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A great set of tools to support inquiry based learning.

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Do We Still Need Libraries? - Room for Debate

Do We Still Need Libraries? - Room for Debate | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The New York Times reports that, as big stores like Borders disappear, “many public libraries are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores. Is that the right direction for libraries to take? What are libraries for, and how should they evolve?

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At the crossroad for the future direction for all libraries, including school librararies.  Be great to see more debate at this site.

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Effective use of social media | Eduwebinar

Professor Stephen Heppell shares his thoughts on effective use of social media in education in this short video.

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Stephen Heppell always has very down to earth and practical things to say and share.

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Architects of Learning

Architects of Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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An interesting point raised in this post - "In fact, the LMS is ground zero for the future of the academic library. If these libraries hope to remain relevant, they must provide information and services at the point of need."

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Unlocking Research

Unlocking Research | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Unlocking Research is a guide developed to help you navigate your way through the research process from the initial definition and development of your research topic to the final citation of your sources in your bibliography.

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This site would be a great tool to use with students and staff.

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The Role of Pinterest Inside & Outside The Classroom

The Role of Pinterest Inside & Outside The Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

With over 10 million users, Pinterest has rocketed to pop-culture fame since its launch in beta in March 2010. This rapid growth makes it the fastest growing social media site of the past year. Educators have caught on to Pinterest in a big way. From kindergarten to college, teachers, professors and students are using Pinterest creatively to organize and share ideas from all around the Web and even in their own classrooms and campuses.


Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Pinterest is certainly gaining a lot of attention and becoming one of the top ten sites that users frequent.

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Reading Habits in Different Communities

Reading Habits in Different Communities | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Purposes for reading: Most of those ages 16 and older read books for pleasure, and that is especially true of suburban readers: 82% of suburbanites read for pleasure, compared with 79% of urban residents and 76% of rural residents. Urban residents (80%) and suburban dwellers (79%) are also especially likely to read to keep up with current events. Some 73% of rural residents do that. More than three-quarters of suburban residents (77%) read to research topics that interest them, compared with 74% of urban residents and 70% of rural residents. Finally, 57% of suburbanites and 58% of city dwellers read for school or work, compared with 47% of rural residents who do that.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Great to see that the majority love to read for pleasure - this may become a challenge in the new curriculum frameworks, and also a golden opportunity for teacher librarians to emphasise the importance of reading for pleasure and to embed reading programs into classroom & library programs.

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School Libraries: Excellence in Practice Amesbury School

Carolyn Knight, Teacher in the Library and colleagues at Amesbury School, a new Year 1-6 school in Churton Park, Wellington talk about how their school library supports literacy and student inquiry
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Carolyn shares how the library is the heart of the school and teachers support this approach within their school community.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:03 AM

Great example of inquiry learning taking place in school premises, school library as not being something separate - great collaboration! And cosy...! 

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Five Tech Trends for 2013 that Every School/YA Librarian Should Know About

Five Tech Trends for 2013 that Every School/YA Librarian Should Know About | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
From the author of this post.... "I am turning on my crystal ball and attempting to take a look into the future, 2013, to give you a heads up on some trends that I think are going to appear in the coming year."
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Nothing really new here, but nice to see five aspects drawn together for folk to consider.

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10 Surprising Facts About Students Using E-Textbooks

10 Surprising Facts About Students Using E-Textbooks | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Are students using e-textbooks and do they actually make a difference? These 10 surprising facts might, well, surprise you!
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Infographics just have a way of capturing the startling statistics!

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Seventh-grader gives petition to keep library open to school board - Whittier Daily News

Seventh-grader gives petition to keep library open to school board - Whittier Daily News | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Seventh-grader gives petition to keep library open to school boardWhittier Daily NewsNow she's become something of a Granada cause celebre, with teachers backing her efforts, the mayor of Whittier and two city council members on board, and school ...
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Economic hardship seems to be the major cause for school library closures worldwide. Great to see a young student being very articulate about now and the future.

 

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Raising Young Critical Thinkers in the Digital Age

Raising Young Critical Thinkers in the Digital Age | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Teaching kids how to curate information and discern what's trustworthy from what's bogus is a really important lesson for parents nowadays.
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This parent states, "So in this age of information at out fingertips, parents have one more important skill to teach their kids: how to be discerning".

 

My insight is that not all parents would be in a position to be able to teach their child this skill. Having access to a teacher librarian certainly would help to support the parents in this worthy endeavour.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 15, 2012 4:06 AM
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, Today, 9:03 AMI agree but do parents or teachers realise that school librarians have these skills and are able to teach them? I wish more people understood our skills!  
BookChook's curator insight, December 15, 2012 3:26 PM

Visual literacy is an important component of digital literacy - and teaching kids to be discerning about what they do online is one of the most important skills of all. 

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Social media guidelines

The South Australian Education Department has introduced social media guidelines to protect students and teachers from online threats.
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The document provides some clear advice on how schools should use social media and how to ensure teachers and students are protected.

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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
Karen Bonanno's insight:

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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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own?
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Great web links here for professional learning across a number of relevant topics.

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, December 28, 2012 6:19 PM

The Australian summer break is a great time to investigate some new technology avenues.  Twitter gets a push here, as does growing your PLN.  Each small venture adds to your growth . . .

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How Canadians Are Integrating Technology Into The Classroom - Edudemic

How Canadians Are Integrating Technology Into The Classroom - Edudemic | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Ever wonder how a particular country uses technology in the classroom? There’s a new infographic that spells out exactly what classrooms in Canada are up to." http://edudemic.com/2012/10/we-inspire-futures/


Via John Evans
Karen Bonanno's insight:

Mobile devices, web tools and 'always connected' are definitely big items to be considered in the education / classroom / library mix.

 

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Paul's curator insight, December 23, 2012 11:45 AM

interesting, one in ten students have sent out an academic tweet - we relied on this for the OCSB Peace Conference - the students did very well!

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Information Literacy But Were Afraid to Google

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Information Literacy But Were Afraid to Google | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A collection of reflections about information and digital literacy practice in schools, libraries, support organizations, and informal learning settings.
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A collection by Kristin Fontichiaro

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What does leadership mean?

What does leadership mean? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Leadership is not just a principal, superintendent or some other building-level or central office role. Leadership is found in our students, teachers and even our parents.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Totally agree with this statement -"Being a leader in any setting is difficult. It’s not easy to go against the grain or share an opinion that may upset the apple cart. It is times like those where leaders need to surround themselves with a good network, whether that network is their PLN through Twitter or the colleagues around them who they trust. We need good leaders. Leaders with great ideas and strong voices."

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DCPS should guarantee librarians in every school, task force recommends

DCPS should guarantee librarians in every school, task force recommends | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

All D.C. public schools should be guaranteed money to hire a librarian, according to a task force convened by Chancellor Kaya Henderson to make recommendations regarding school libraries.

Currently more than 50 DCPS schools have no librarian, a fact that has rankled parents, activists and D.C. Council Member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who proposed legislation this fall to require one in every building.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Let's hope the research evidence and the actions of parents and interested citizens bring about the change that is necessary for the public schools to be in a position to hire a qualified personnel.

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10 Reasons To Consider BYOD In Education

10 Reasons To Consider BYOD In Education | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Education must move with the times. What can be done to reach a technology-savvy generation that relies on media every free second of their time? BYOD-Bring Your Own Device, a trend that is catching on quickly. Bring Your Own Device has transformed the classroom by creating new opportunities for learning. Studies find that Generation Y is highly reliant on wireless devices and phones. And rather than fight it, educators can use this to their advantage.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

The Horizon K-12 2012 report clearly indicated that BYOD / BYOT was happening and would become more dominant over the next one to two years. Schools will need a robust wifi as an essential and these ten reasons provide a good common sense approach.

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What Is A Flipped Classroom? (Updated For 2012) - Edudemic

What Is A Flipped Classroom? (Updated For 2012) - Edudemic | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Flipped classrooms are still all the rage these days in education. Despite being a ‘trend’ several years ago, it hasn’t actually slowed down. And that’s exciting. So this new infographic comes at an important time. It answers the big question: what is a flipped classroom?
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Key points that can also be experienced in the school library as well as the classroom....really, the library is a classroom with a difference.

 

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International results on reading, mathematics and science | ACER

International results on reading, mathematics and science | ACER | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) measured the reading achievement of 300 000 students in their fourth year of schooling across the participating countries.

The 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) measured the mathematics and science achievement of 600 000 students in their fourth and eighth year of schooling across the participating countries.
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Releasing the results, ACER Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters said, “To say the results are disappointing is an understatement”.

The dismal results in reading could provide an opportunity for school libraries.

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Learning everywhere | emerging technologies | personal learning networks

Learning everywhere | emerging technologies | personal learning networks | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Michael Stephens - I propose that with the power of emerging technologies, the potential of the personal learning network, and the possibilities for newer methods of instruction, both teacher librarians and their students are on a positive path toward an emerging landscape of constant learning and growth. This article scans current research, the technology environment in library and information science (LIS) and recent trends to provide an overview and roadmap toward learning everywhere.
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Being always connected certainly does mean we can keep up to date on matters relevant to our specific professions.

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Content Curation and the School Librarian

"Content Curation and the School Librarian" is the featured article for the latest issue of Knowledge Quest magazine.
Authored by Nikki D. Robertson the article illustrates some of content curation key strengths, how the author has utilized content curation for her academic projects, and popular curation tools for those interested in exploring the field further. http://bit.ly/QgtjwU
Via Andrea Zeitz
Karen Bonanno's insight:

Curation (physical and virtual) is definitely an area for developing one's expertise.

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L2_S2S's curator insight, December 17, 2012 9:34 PM

Curating content for learning

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Librarians Use Social Networking Professionally More than Teachers and Principals, According to Report - The Digital Shift

Librarians Use Social Networking Professionally More than Teachers and Principals, According to Report - The Digital Shift | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
"Librarians use social networking more than other educators, including teachers and principals, according to a recent report conducted by MMS Education"
Via Rosa Martins, Anu Ojaranta
Karen Bonanno's insight:

It would be interesting to know if there was a similar report for Australia. Possible that the situation would be similar.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, December 14, 2012 8:23 AM

Study in the US, but I suspect the situation to be somewhat similar in Finland.