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SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators

SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From ha

Via Anna Hu
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Support your school administrators as they are encouraged to take up the leadership role in the school community for the digital normalisation of the school. Become the the linch pin .....

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, September 19, 2013 8:38 PM

in 2013, we can’t be wasting time with tasks that can be automated, data that can be collected electronically and processes that can be performed digitally that can save hours of manual work. Work smarter by utilizing high quality digital resources, not harder.

Krissy Machamer's curator insight, September 25, 2013 10:37 PM

A quality resource for educational leaders- to review and assess their monetary commitment to technology and how the resources are being applied. Sometimes it it's not about how many computers we have, its more about how they are enhancing instruction and student achievement and growth.

Heidi McGivern's curator insight, September 29, 2013 2:10 PM

9 step reminders that should be posterized.... Love it!  I am a teacher who loves learning and playing with new technology.  I am challenged when administration is not considerate to teachers work flow.  Work smarter, not harder.  

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Imagining the Future | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Imagining the Future | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The theme for the September/October 2013 Knowledge Quest is Imagining the Future. This issue explores how to plan for the future. It outlines methods and tools school librarians can use in their programs. Topics include outlining your library’s mission statement, professional development planning, and planning for technology.

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Collegial strategic planning is a core element.

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We Wanted To Talk About 21st Century Education

This animation was produced on behalf of the Australian delegation to the Global Education Leadership Programme (GELP). It makes the case for making big changes…
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An interesting overview of the future of education and learning in Australia in a globally connected world.

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, September 24, 2013 8:27 PM

Says it in a nutshell.  We need to Enable, Engage and Empower youth.  Much of Australia has a fair way to go though!

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, September 26, 2013 1:42 AM

Global Education Leadership Program video.

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the (Top story: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

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Being fully student centred is certainly a crucial key to inquiry learning.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 12, 2013 10:03 AM

Great approaches.Teacher librarians should be responsive to the return to inquiry learning and help restore passion to teaching and joy to learning. TLs have all the tools, spaces and skill sets to help! Make the Learning Commons whole school.

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Web 2.0 Tools For Common Core

Web 2.0 Tools For Common Core | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A list of tools that can be used to address the delivery of the Common Core.

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Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 17, 2013 4:30 AM
Still looking for more...How do we view 'em?
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4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World

4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Only about a third of the world's population has access to the internet. Here in the United States, libraries have become a major source of Internet access for people who otherwise can't afford computers or net access -- and the same goes for libraries around the world. Giving people access to the Internet in a public setting doesn't mean handing them a free pass to infinite animated GIFs; it means jobs, health information, and education.


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The digital divide is addressed by libraries around the world.

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Zarah Gagatiga's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:41 PM

Wants to see this happen in the Philippines.

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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.

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Library Staff's curator insight, September 11, 2013 9:56 PM

This is a good question. Is it baby steps, or just throw all out with the bathwater and start afresh?

Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 13, 2013 5:42 PM

Not regurgitation of old information but the development of new information, that is what is required for promoting sustainable growth....inquiry-based learning excites the researchers/learners/students and develops another part of the brain....involve students in real-life problems to encourage thinkers....I agree - a new way, new specifically designed tasks for inquiry.

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Read It Daddy!: Why schools need libraries! One little girl's perspective

Read It Daddy!: Why schools need libraries! One little girl's perspective | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Yesterday she came home for the first time with a school library book. The book choice wasn't important (she chose an illustrated book about Pinocchio - based on the Disney movie) but what was vitally important was her reaction to being allowed into the school library for the first time, with her own library ticket, to make her own choice of a book to take home for a couple of weeks.

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Parents and kids can be our greatest advocates....thank you.

 

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School libraries: A shift to digital | Modern-Day Storytellers

School libraries: A shift to digital | Modern-Day Storytellers | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
With increased collaboration comes a growing need for expanded resources in libraries By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura The school library is.
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Sweden's Newest School System Has No Classrooms - Edudemic

Sweden's Newest School System Has No Classrooms - Edudemic | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
There's a whole new classroom model and it's a sight to behold. The newest school system in Sweden look more like the hallways of Google or Pixar and less like a brick-and-mortar school you'd typically see.
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Great images to inspire changes to your learning environment.

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It's not all about the books

It's not all about the books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

THIS week Birmingham opened its impressive new library with an impassioned speech by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for campaigning for women's right to education. 

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“Let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world,” she said.

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Infographics on infographics

Infographics on infographics | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This multi-tabbed LibGuide provides the infrastructure for all of our Seabury Hall LibGuides. Covered:  Research  Productivity (inc),  Digital security and safety, Digital Citizenship, and Creating a Positive Digital Footprint.
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The rise of the brand librarian

The rise of the brand librarian | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We live in the information age; what's interesting is the lack of care we take of that information. Information management is, when it comes to business, an overlooked and under-utilised area.

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, September 8, 2013 6:42 PM
Love Susan's comment:Susan Grigsby's insight:

So... if the K-12 folks don't figure out how important we are in the VERY near future, it looks like we could become valuable assets to corporations trying to manage their data. Probably pays more anyway...

 

However, this quote also resonates with me...

"Information Architecture is an emerging discipline with roots in librarianship; consulting firms offer their experience of creating web sites, intranets, and other interactive elements in order to improve their efficiency and usability."  


Can I now call myself an Information Architect?

Audrey Nay's curator insight, September 9, 2013 4:38 AM

How do we get our Principal's to understand the need to give time to this?

Audrey Nay's comment, September 9, 2013 4:39 AM
If the shoe fits......why not wear it?
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6 YouTube lessons for building better instructional videos

6 YouTube lessons for building better instructional videos | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

With the rise of the blended learning model of education, video is becoming an increasingly important medium for instruction. The essential components of blended learning - such as flipped classrooms, MOOCs and “Bring Your Own Device” programs - are facilitated by video instruction to ensure the personalization and flexibility of a digitized education system.

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Advocacy Resources | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Advocacy Resources | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students, created by the AASL Legislation Committee, is freely available for download by members of the media and general public provided no alterations are made and that the posting is for education, noncommercial purposes only. Additional resources are also available.

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ALA resolution: "School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success"

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What Makes a Good School: Students Speak Up at Leadership Forum

What Makes a Good School: Students Speak Up at Leadership Forum | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"What happens when 24 high school students are brought together to articulate their ideas for what makes a good school? What if the students have never met or worked together before? What if there's a high-stakes culmination to their work -- like presenting their ideas to education leaders from across the country?"

 


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The common threads identified by the students opens up opportunities for all stakeholders in the school community to be involved - collaboration and benefits to all.

 

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Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 17, 2013 7:59 PM

Wonderful reminder...

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Closing school libraries? This means war | Editor's Note | News and Opinion | Philadelphia Weekly

And so finally it's come to this: The Philadelphia School District has closed its top schools' libraries due to the budget crisis. Only 15 librarians remain in the entire district, where enrollment has already climbed past last year's 150,000 students. As the Inquirerreported today, principals at Central High and Masterman are scrambling to figure out how exactly they're supposed to give students an education without being able to give them books to read.

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Lot's of challenges here for this school district.

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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant - Huffington Post

Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant - Huffington Post | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Public school libraries have always served an admirable purpose in education. It is not enough to simply "be there;" school libraries need to reach out to students and pull them in with helpful resources that combine traditional and contemporary theories in literacy.

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A look at the traditional, contemporary and the future.

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What keeps some teachers from becoming leaders?

What keeps some teachers from becoming leaders? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Do you believe that you can have a positive impact on education beyond the walls of your classroom? If not, ask yourself why, then give a good hard look at your answers. I’ve seen teacher leaders do great things for our profession—but I’ve also observed false beliefs prevent teachers from blossoming into teacher leaders. Do any of these seem familiar to you?

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Get out there and bust these myths.

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What Is Successful Technology Integration?

What Is Successful Technology Integration? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This guide is organized into four sections:
Introduction
Why Integrate Tech?
What Is Tech Integration?
Resources for Tech Integration

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A sound guide worthy of consideration.

 

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7 tips for making your principal your ally

7 tips for making your principal your ally | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
 
Librarians, you cannot afford to have an adversarial relationship with their principals. You cannot even afford principals who are "agents of benevolent neglect." You need an administrator who actively supports you and your program.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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There is definitely truth in this quote - “Never go to your boss with a problem without a solution. You are paid to think, not to whine.” Need to walk the talk.

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Rebecca toltz's comment, September 11, 2013 7:08 PM
Such a pertinent piece and always useful at this time of year
Rebecca toltz's comment, September 11, 2013 7:08 PM
Such a pertinent piece and always useful at this time of year
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A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning - TeachThought

A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning - TeachThought | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

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At TeachThought, we’re huge fans of project-based learning.

 

While there is no magic bullet of practice, program, or framework that automatically produces progressive and effective learning, what makes project-based learning exceptional is its flexibility. As it is, first and foremost, simply a curriculum planning tool, so much other “good stuff” that can support learning (game-based learning, learning simulations, place-based education, self-directed learning, etc.) can all be “embedded” in project-based learning.

 

With PBL, there is no “either/or” proposition: anything from open-ended,

play-based learning to data-driven, research-based instructional environments can all use PBL effectively."


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JennaMRyan's curator insight, December 11, 2013 8:16 PM

This article is from TeachThought and they are huge fans of PBL.  This article says PBL is first and foremost simply a curriculum planning tool so other games and learning simulatinos can all be embedded in PBL.  There's no one size fits all way to appoach PBL but there are several great resources to help you along.  The article claims the heart and soul of PBL is genious of great project ideas including the purpose and audience of the project.  The following are a few of the items they suggest: create an interactive family tree from living family members, design an app, solve the problem of negative news, help local businesses increase environmental sustainability, dissect hte anatomy of viral web content and plan an MArs colony using current data from the MArtian landscape and atmosphere.

 

This resources seems to differ from the article Establishing a PBL Friendly Culture because it seems to say you can implement PBL in a classroom by having the kids do projects.  The other source I currated about Projects v. PBL would also be opposed to several notions mentioned in this article.  It looks like this resources give some awesome suggestions for great project ideas which it says is the heart and soul of PBL, so I will definily reference this resource in the future when I'm struggling to come up with ideas, but the philosophy behind the article seems slightly flawed compeared to the two articles previously mentioned.  I really liked this article for the ideas for projects.

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3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st Century Student

3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st Century Student | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

But just as the 19th century presented unique challenges to information processing than the 18th or 20th, the 21st century is different than the one before, or that the one that will come after.

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The model can be used as a framework for planning.

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The "New and Improved" Digital Citizenship Survival Kit | Comfortably 2.0

The "New and Improved" Digital Citizenship Survival Kit | Comfortably 2.0 | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

From Craig Badura - "I have been thinking about some "new" items I could add to my original Digital Citizenship Kit that I created last year.  Like I said in that blog post, I love using props when teaching"

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Interesting and quirky items to add to a digital citizenship kit.

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Library Staff's curator insight, September 9, 2013 8:46 PM

Teaching digital citizenship with some terrific props - not necessarily technological ones.

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School library redo goes high-tech - Monitor Online

School library redo goes high-tech - Monitor Online | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Monitor Online (blog)
School library redo goes high-tech
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Most school libraries are still traditional and have not changed over the years to accommodate the new devices,” Pate added.
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Accommodating the changes ....

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