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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Iowa School Libraries Make a Difference

Iowa School Libraries Make a Difference | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Example of great things happening in Iowa school libraries
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Overview of great things happening in Iowa School Libraries #Pinterest

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School Libraries Renewed

School Libraries Renewed | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

 The United States no longer has a workforce dependent on operating machinery and performing repetitive tasks. Educators are therefore challenged to change the way students learn and to provide a workforce that is innovative and that has the ability to design new jobs. To do this, students must learn to be problem solvers, to create products that meet real needs, to demonstrate leadership in presenting ideas, and to connect learning to community imperatives. School libraries can help meet these challenges for all students.

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School libraries are about connections - curriculum, technology, literacies ....

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21st Century School Libraries, Parent Engagement and Student Achievement

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, November 10, 2013 7:48 AM
This has inspired me to try and create something similar.
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 10, 2013 7:49 AM

This is great! Have a look and see what you could create if you had the time :) One day I will do the same. 

 

Tricia Adams's curator insight, November 14, 2013 12:25 PM

Interesting...

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Public library/School Library collaboration for West Seattle schools

Public library/School Library collaboration for West Seattle schools | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
West Seattle schools: Sanislo celebration for public-library collaboration West Seattle Blog (blog) School libraries and public libraries would seem like natural partners – so that's why it was cause to celebrate when Seattle Public Library reps...
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Expanded library services is the result of this public library / school library collaboration.

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School library still a busy place in the digital age - Spring Valley Tribune

School library still a busy place in the digital age - Spring Valley Tribune | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 14, 2013 4:04 AM

Role of School MediaCentres in the Digital Age.

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Army of volunteers helps reopen shuttered school libraries - Philadelphia City Paper

Army of volunteers helps reopen shuttered school libraries - Philadelphia City Paper | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Army of volunteers helps reopen shuttered school libraries Philadelphia City Paper While many were outraged to learn this fall of library closures at magnet schools Masterman and Central — an anonymous donor quickly put forward $205,000 to reopen...
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A corps of volunteers organized by the Free Library and various nonprofits is streaming into a number of under-resourced and disused reading rooms around the city with a plan for reinvigorating and reopening them.

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State Librarian Advocates for Michigan’s School Libraries

State Librarian Advocates for Michigan’s School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Nancy Robertson is not a school librarian—but as Michigan’s State Librarian, she believes strongly in the role of certified media specialists in student success.
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State Librarian as an advocate for school libraries.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, November 9, 2013 7:27 AM

Support from State Librarian for school libraries: always welcome :-)

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How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First.

How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First. | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. First. | Common Sense Media http://t.co/XKwqhJPUzc #hcslib
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Lourense Das's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:09 AM

Digital Passport™ : a game to become #digitalliterate #mediawijsheid

Deborah Fillman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:06 PM

Love the idea of teaching kids digital "self-defense," rather than focusing on erecting barriers they might see as challenges to overcome, or "problems" to solve. They not only need to guard against bullies and predators, but also that  that they have a "digital footprint" that will follow them throughout their lives. 

 

Tina Jameson's curator insight, November 7, 2013 5:07 PM

Prepare students for their online future: this freely available online tool allows students to 'play' and work their way through different levels, building up vital understanding of 'digital footprints' and cyber safety in the process.  Seems to be aimed at a junior primary to middle school level.

 

This article explains how one Librarian has used the tool successfully, and provides links to the 'Digital Passport' program.

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Teacher Status; Are they More Like Librarians, Social Workers ...

Teacher Status; Are they More Like Librarians, Social Workers ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
An educational system is often described as a black box. We can identify inputs and outcomes, but the complicated interaction of factors, what happens inside the box, remains something of a mystery. In trying to unravel the ...
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Professions most like teaching - so, is this saying that every teacher will perform best if they have attritubes, skills and the capabilities of a librarian?

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, November 4, 2013 5:51 AM

Kind of interesting but stilll a confusing chart. It is quite extraodinary how big part the library profession got in the US. Is it because the librarians are very actively teaching in schools and are otherwise involved in teaching? Would be interesting to hear more opinions on this!

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24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning

24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning by Mike Acedo 1. http://makezine.com/ Makezine.com is a major hub for the maker’s movement, providing amateur makers and educators with a plethora of information, resources, and project...

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Turn your library into a space for creation and innovation.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:50 AM

Great ideas for library makerspaces!

Anna Rauvenpoor's curator insight, November 2, 2013 11:13 AM

So many fantastic resources here - fun too!

Karen Taylor's curator insight, November 6, 2013 7:16 PM

Blows the mind! An awesome list of resources to transform your learners into inventors. These resouces can be used to teach problem solving skills, ignite children's imagination and facilitate project-based learning. Great resources to engage boys/male learners too.

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Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy. (Updated 10/2013)

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An updated list of resources that support a wide range of topics on digital citizenship.

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Anthony Beal's curator insight, October 25, 2013 2:05 PM

Very useful bringing together of edutopia's Digital Literacy posts

Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:57 AM

Useful resource!

Colette Cairns's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:14 PM

Digital Citizenship Resources

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Libraries are an essential service | Scoop News

“Like roads, health care and education, libraries are an essential service. Libraries are not going anywhere and nor are librarians” said Laurinda Thomas, President of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) in an ...
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Libraries essential service to community - New Zealand.

 

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Metamedia Management's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:07 PM

Libraries are international everywhere even though the buildings and languages used seem localized.

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A close look at introducing project-based learning ... - SchoolNet SA

A close look at introducing project-based learning ... - SchoolNet SA | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
So what is project-based learning? In it's simplest form project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, ...
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PBL explained in detail. A good guide.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, October 24, 2013 8:52 AM

Good overall support for Project Based Learning. Now add the potential of collaborative knowledge building  and focus on learning to learn skills via the Big Think http://www.lmcsource.com/Catalog/thebigthink.html

 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:37 PM

Are you wanting to teach project based learning with your students?  Here is a step by step manual from SchoolNetSA.

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Critical Search Skills Students Should Know - Edudemic

Critical Search Skills Students Should Know - Edudemic | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

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Interesting concepts listed by the author on what is digital divide.

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Claudia Race's curator insight, November 11, 2013 1:33 PM

Very interesting, I will pass the information along.

Colleen Adam's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:23 PM

Great article about the imporatnce of being an effective searcher and tips to help you help your students!

Emma Greengrass's curator insight, November 13, 2013 5:52 AM

Critical thinking and information literacy skills are key for students in order to progress...

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Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013

Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013 | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Three-quarters of US children 8 and under now have access to some type of "smart" mobile device at home (such as a smartphone or tablet), a jump from 52% just two years ago.

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72% percent of children age 8 and under have used a mobile device for some type of media activity such as playing games, watching videos, or using apps, up from 38% in 2011. How are you targeting your school library services to cope with this?

 
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A Student-Centered Universal BYOT Policy Template For Schools

A Student-Centered Universal BYOT Policy Template For Schools | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A Student-Centered Universal BYOT Policy Template For Schools
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Built on trust please.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 9, 2013 11:13 AM

We SO need this!!  We trust you!

Allan Shaw's curator insight, November 10, 2013 12:14 AM

This is a nicely worded document that captures much, not quite all, that I would see as required in the school context in which I operate.

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School district program puts books in students' hands - Herald & Review

School district program puts books in students' hands - Herald & Review | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School district program puts books in students' hands Herald & Review When federal funding dried up for the longtime Reading is Fundamental program two years ago, Leeann Grossman, library/media resource specialist, and Judy Taylor, the now-retired...
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Libraries play an important role in children's lives - Baltimore Sun

Libraries play an important role in children's lives - Baltimore Sun | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Libraries play an important role in children's lives
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These programs teach children about the world, expand their imagination and introduce them to new friends, all while having fun.
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Author Neil Gaiman joins Edinburgh library fight - Edinburgh Evening News

Author Neil Gaiman joins Edinburgh library fight - Edinburgh Evening News | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Edinburgh Evening News Author Neil Gaiman joins Edinburgh library fight Edinburgh Evening News He warned that a raft of school services were at risk and said: “Basically, there seems to be this idea that with the internet, you don't need librarians...
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The proposal has provoked outrage among school librarians and parents, who have branded it a “big fat cut” that will discourage kids from reading.

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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.
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Blended approach - library & techology, community & service, place & creativity ....

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Why your child deserves a school librarian.

Why your child deserves a school librarian. | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
With a decade of school libraries under my belt it is easy for me to see why your child needs a school library with a trained professional to run it. I've seen first-hand the positive difference th...
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With adult literacy levels taking a dive we need to have school librarians in schools.

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Cindy Rogers's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:48 PM

Parents: Follow the link to the brochure. GREAT resource.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:32 AM

Well said! 

Jan Watts's curator insight, November 11, 2013 7:11 PM

Children need as many reading models and enabling adults as they can lay hands on. Of course they deserve  school librarian!

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The Paradigm Shift: 4 Goals Of 21st Century Learning

The Paradigm Shift: 4 Goals Of 21st Century Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"As academic standards shift, technology evolves, and student habits change, schools are being forced to consider new ways of framing curriculum and engaging students in the classroom, and project-based learning is among the most successful and powerful of these possibilities.

 

As both a planning and a learning tool, project-based learning challenges teachers to make new decisions about how they plan student learning experiences, while simultaneously empowering students to take a more active role in the learning process."

 


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Melissa Mackal's curator insight, November 3, 2013 9:07 PM

Schools and educators can't keep up. So many are still using technology tools like glorifed projectors instead of pushing the envelope and using tools to teach critical thinking.

Karen Taylor's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:37 PM

American schools are way ahead of the crowd in terms of education reform. I'd like to see a similar paradigm shift in Jamaican classrooms. Empowering students to be active participants in their own learning is a winning model. TeachThought rocks!

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12 Principles Of Collaboration In Learning - TeachThought

12 Principles Of Collaboration In Learning - TeachThought | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Recently on westXdesign–via scoopit–we found an interesting graphic about naming 12 principles of collaboration.

 

Collaboration is among the most-often promoted fluencies of 21st century learning (along with creativity and communication). However, there are very few frameworks or models that exist to support the development of better collaboration forms. As it is, in many K-12 learning environments, collaboration is limited to teacher-created grouping, or more scattered project-based learning groups that converge on a single project and thus a single goal.

 

The following principles of collaboration (seemingly created for businesses but clearly applicable to learning) push that idea a bit further–with some important emphases on the individual, including:"

 


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Alicia Alcaraz's curator insight, October 29, 2013 4:12 PM

The importance of collaboration in learning. To be taken into account when teaching

Library Staff's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:13 PM

Schools are often difficult places in which to collaborate, given the time required. Technology enables online collaboration, but the first step is the mindset required.

Library Staff's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:15 PM

Schools are often difficult places in which to collaborate, given the time required. Technology enables online collaboration, but the first step is the mindset teachers and school leaders must adopt. Shared belief is everything.

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Reading and libraries - Oman Daily Observer

Reading and libraries - Oman Daily Observer | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Oman Daily Observer Read all about it Oman Daily Observer However, she says that some school libraries have not been sufficiently well stocked or equipped to deal with contemporary learning methods, but that recent efforts by the Ministry of...
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Schools urged to engage qualified librarians | Ghana

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Teacher librarians required to address literacy in Ghana.

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