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Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom

Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

As the school year starts, many teachers are wanting to implement flipped learning into their classes. Before you begin, I encourage you to answer each of the questions below. The purpose of the questions is to help teachers BEGIN the process of flipping their class. This is only the first step. Flipped Class 101 can lead to Flipped Learning, which is a second stage of the Flipped Class. Many teachers are asking for some step by step guidelines as they begin.


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The very first question - "What will you flip?  (A lesson, a unit/chapter, a subject, or a class)" - definitely sets the context. You can dip your toe in or take the plunge. This post is well worth the time to read and then you can check out the related links.

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Alexandra Koukoumialou's curator insight, January 18, 2014 3:38 AM

Great checklist!!!

Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, January 18, 2014 3:49 AM

Straight forward questions to consider. Good list of tools and apps to look into further. 

Tina Jameson's curator insight, January 23, 2014 6:09 PM

Once you understand the purpose of a 'Flipped Classroom', you need to look at the best way to achieve success.  In addition to suggesting questions that you should ask yourself before 'flipping' your class teaching, the article lists a number of potential tools to be used for recording your offline material.

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Teachers Avoid Social Media Use for Classroom Learning, Survey Finds

Teachers Avoid Social Media Use for Classroom Learning, Survey Finds | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Many teachers are using social networking in their personal lives, but not for teaching purposes because of concerns about negative repercussions, a new survey says.

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Using social media in the classroom is an opportunity to teach students about essential digital literacy / citizenship skills in a real-world context.

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction.

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Social media can be a great tool to help teach student digital literacy. 

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Do You Tweet? A Survey of Teacher Librarians and Twitter

Do You Tweet? A Survey of Teacher Librarians and Twitter | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Do You Tweet? A Survey of Teacher Librarians and Twitter ... I am curious to know if there is a way to see which librarians are tweeting more-public or school. Just a thought. ... How many librarians participated in your survey?
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Most folk just follow and therefore miss the benefits of the strengths of using Twitter.

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Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter

Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

We know that most educators who use Twitter effectively say they learn more from their personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter than they’ve achieved from just about anything else.

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Research has shown that educators who use Twitter as part of their social networking do make changes to the way they teach. It is a great way to connect, communicate and collaborate. 

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11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom

11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Does the physical act of writing something down help you to remember it? What is the most effective way to take notes? How does all of this play into a more digitally based classroom?
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Judith Morais's curator insight, January 14, 2014 6:51 PM

The infographic looks at the cornell system of note taking as well as other methods. A good read for those considering how to build up their own or students note taking skills. 

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Central Library to incorporate primary school

Central Library to incorporate primary school | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Many people who have been following the issue in the city will know that the proposal to build a new primary school in the lower two floors of the Central Library has now been given the go ahead. I...
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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 13, 2014 1:15 PM

Mayor of Bristol on Central Library to incorporate a primary school

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New Free Online learning tool encourages parent engagement in school libraries – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Free Online learning tool encourages parent engagement in school libraries – Stephen's Lighthouse | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 10, 2014 10:49 PM

adding tools that encourage parent involvement.  Strong advocates come from the community.

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Ebook Usage in US School Libraries (K-12) Report


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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 12, 2014 1:22 PM

Looking for trends? Comparing usage for ebooks?  This is a good reference.

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What happens when schools infringe copyright | creative blogs

What happens when schools infringe copyright | creative blogs | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

My first experience of the law in relation to copyright happened about 8 years ago as a classroom teacher. My class were engaged in a stop-motion animation project making a film about the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. When it came to choosing a suitable soundtrack they were adamant that they wanted to use R Kelly’s “I believe I can fly.” This prompted a discussion on the fact that the piece was copyrighted and we couldn’t use it for our film as it was going to be shown in a public film competition.


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Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), we've been keeping a list of the many types of "_____- based learning" we've run across over the years:


Case-based learning
Challenge-based learning
Commu
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The many terms linked to " ..... " based learning.

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The Busy Librarian: Let's Get Busy with Jennifer LaGarde.

The Busy Librarian: Let's Get Busy with Jennifer LaGarde. | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
... Loan for the state of North Carolina, and author of the Adventures of Library Girl blog, stops by to talk about meaningful failure, leading from the library, and defending the role of Teacher Librarians from a zombie takeover.
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Seven Types of Projects that Foster Powerful Learning

Research projects are an important tool for both instructing students and assessing whether students have developed critical knowledge and skills for college and career success in a 21st century world.…...
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Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, January 8, 2014 9:11 AM

Research projects have a new emphasis because of the expectations of 21st century learning and Common Core.  While teachers have always assigned projects, this article focuses on the practices that make project learning based learning a strategy worth embedding in curricula that will engage, provide rigor and relevance, and inspire learners.  A must read for anyone that calls themselves a "teacher".

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Questions librarians need to answer - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Questions librarians need to answer - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In a recent post , Jennifer LaGarde (LibraryGirl) suggests that these questions "really need ...

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Doug adds some extra questions that add extra spice.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 17, 2014 2:30 AM

Love the questions. Makes you focus on the student which is what we should all be about. 

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 19, 2014 7:01 PM

More brilliance from my friends and thought leaders: Jennifer & Doug

Dr. Christine Van Hamersveld, Director of Libraries & Instructional Materials - Pasadena ISD's curator insight, February 14, 2014 11:04 AM

These questions should guide the professional growth of school librarians (new and experienced) and frame the ongoing quest to improve school library programs.

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So, Who’s Teaching Children About Digital Citizenship?

So, Who’s Teaching Children About Digital Citizenship? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Understand the true power of information literacy instruction.

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, January 22, 2014 9:31 AM

teaching digital citizenship

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What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning?

What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We need to move away from discussing teaching and focus our efforts on learning. In today's guest blog, Professor John Hattie provides the 7 mind frames that will help us do that.

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Powerful frames of mind.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, January 17, 2014 7:10 AM

The key to the success of students is in addressing how they learn. 

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11 Incredible Bookcases For People Who Really, Really Love Their Books

11 Incredible Bookcases For People Who Really, Really Love Their Books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Most of us have the Billy bookshelf from IKEA, still leftover from our first apartment. Others, however, would rather display their books than merely store them.
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Brighten up a wall, corner, stairway.....

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Advocating for School Librarians | American Libraries Magazine

Advocating for School Librarians | American Libraries Magazine | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Yet the promise of libraries is in peril because school libraries are in crisis; a threat to one type of library is a threat to all libraries. School libraries across the country are at a critical point. On one hand, budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or de-professionalize school libraries. On the other hand, the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology have opened an unprecedented door to school librarian leadership."

Karen Bonanno's insight:

The library community will feel the impact of the removal of school libraries in more ways than people think.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 15, 2014 2:11 AM

School libraries have taken a hit along the economy crisis in the US.

Lourense Das's curator insight, January 15, 2014 5:03 AM

President Barbara Stripling: The peril and promise of school libraries #advocacy #schoollibraries

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The question of better school-libraries has to be raised in the 2014 election

The question of better school-libraries has to be raised in the 2014 election | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In Sweden, schools and libraries historically have always been together. Today many schools don’t have libraries. It is a political question that has to be raised. Sweden is (together with Chile) t...
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Tricia Adams's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:05 AM

The discussion is the same in many parts of the world...

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Talk It Out Thursday – What is a Librarian? | The Printed YA Word

Talk It Out Thursday – What is a Librarian? | The Printed YA Word | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
I am a teacher. Apparently hardly anyone sees school librarians as teachers anymore, which is ridiculous in my opinion. Aside from the fact that I have a teaching license in teaching English to secondary grade levels, I still see ...
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 11, 2014 4:49 PM

A lovely blog about the role of a school librarian. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, January 13, 2014 1:09 PM

Blogpost: "I am a teacher. Apparently hardly anyone sees school librarians as teachers anymore, which is ridiculous in my opinion"

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 15, 2014 7:16 PM

Love these thoughts...I feel like she really sums up my job.

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Limitless Libraries | A joint initiative

Limitless Libraries | A joint initiative | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Limitless Libraries is a cooperative program of Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools with the goal of improving school libraries, fostering resource sharing between the two institutions, and improving student access to learning materials.

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It all began with a big idea: give students easy access to the best educational resources and learning materials in our libraries and on the Internet. A joint initiative of Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

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School Libraries, Public Libraries, and Free Little Libraries

School Libraries, Public Libraries, and Free Little Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Did you know that we all have an absolute treasure trove of learning available at our fingertips for free? Libraries, large and small, can provide a cornerstone.
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A look at three different types of libraries and how they can impact our lives and our children’s lives.

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The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action

The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

As part of the year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens effort, YALSA has released a report, "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to  Action" providing direction on how libraries need to adapt and change to meet the needs of 21st century teens.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

This report outlines the issues and the paradigm shift needed for libraries to adequately meet the needs of teens. 

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Jan Watts's curator insight, February 8, 2014 1:57 AM

Are you a Teens and Young People's librarian? Have  a look at this call to arms....

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Teacher-librarian Roles and Responsibilities: Revisited

I've been itching for some time to create a roles and responsibilities document that works for me, what I do and the way I see the whole kit and caboodle-man did I just date myself! I was inspired to collect my thoughts this ...
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The graphic included in this post captures the role and responsibilities for Deb Schiano, the teacher-librarian at Lounsberry Hollow Middle School. You might find it inspiring.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 11, 2014 9:15 AM

New times, new roles for the TL. Interesting and possibly inspiring graphic on the roles of the teacher-librarian

elizabeth gordon's curator insight, March 3, 2014 8:45 PM

great graphic text includes many facets of the teacher-librarian's role

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Need to Read: Reluctant readers can learn to pick up books - Elmira Star-Gazette

Need to Read: Reluctant readers can learn to pick up books
Elmira Star-Gazette
The school librarian or media specialist is knowledgeable on what books relate to your child's interests and reading ability.
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School libraries are a great place to start.

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