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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

“Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads” at the 2012 Mobile Learning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 13, 2012. The blogger's THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS.

 

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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts. Learn what one technology team experienced from initiation to implementation of iPads in a school in the heart of Coconut Grove, Florida. “Computer teachers” have transformed into “technology integrators” and move from within the lab to the classroom, the campus, and beyond. Integrators must understand the 4 C’s of 21st century skills and how project based teaching and learning supports it. – What comes first? Teachers? Students? Devices? Professional development? – Obstacles to overcome – Resistant teachers: “This is just a fad!” – Hardware/Software logistics

 

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Parents must speak up to save school libraries - Shore News Today

Janet Yunghans..."In my experience as an educator of 29 years, I have observed first-hand that a library without a librarian is a closed library. Without a librarian, there is no one to maintain and build the collection, support the teaching staff, order and process new materials, and keep the collection up to date. The most important job of a good librarian is to share their love of books and help create a lifelong habit of reading in young minds.


There is a wealth of research that shows that quality school library programs under the direction of a certified/licensed school librarian results in higher levels of academic achievement as evidenced by improved standardized reading and writing test scores. At a time when schools are striving to pass state testing, one would think that the schools would be working to strengthen their library programs by every means possible."

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White House Petition – The Response

“School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community."

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Literacy Now: Resolving the Tension between Basic Literacy and Information Literacy

Literacy Now: Resolving the Tension between Basic Literacy and Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

On average, Americans read at an 8th grade level.

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Canadian Library Association Disturbed by Cuts to School Libraries ...

Canadian Library Association Disturbed by Cuts to School Libraries ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Canadian Library Association Disturbed by Cuts to School Libraries. Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2012/04/12.

 

Media reports indicate that 41 school librarians will no longer have jobs as of 30 June. And by extension, hundreds of students in the region will no longer have access to qualified staff in their school libraries.

 

Information and digital literacy skills are increasingly crucial for students to succeed in their academic pursuits and in future employment, and to become informed and engaged citizens. School librarians serve an essential function in providing leadership and support within schools to ensure that students can acquire these skills.

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Boring school libraries? Not any more - Abu Dhabi

Boring school libraries? Not any more - Abu Dhabi | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Boring school libraries? Not any moreThe NationalThe "least-visited facilities" in Abu Dhabi's government schools are being converted into Learning Resource Centres, where children will go for classes, activities and research.
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Librarians role vital, says former National Library of Australia head

Libraries are just as important today as they were before the digital revolution, says the former director-general of the National Library of Australia. Books last for 300 years but the obsolescence of some digital devices reinforces the need for experts to manage various storage techniques.

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Australian teens online 4+ hours a day on non-school activity: ECU study

Almost a quarter of teenagers are online for four or more hours a day on non-school-related work, a new study by Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers has found. The report found 85 per cent of respondents used social networks, with 75 per cent accessing sites such as Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis.


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Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

First, it is forward looking, drawing on present trends toward the convergence of radio, television, Internet, newspapers, books, digital archives and libraries into one platform – thereby, for the first time, presenting MIL in a holistic manner. Second, it is specifically designed with teachers in mind and for integration into the formal teacher education system, thus launching a catalytic process which should reach and build capacities of millions of young people.

 

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Rethinking the Library to Improve Information Literacy

Rethinking the Library to Improve Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Many schools that have adopted a 1:1 program have made the mistake of forgetting the library. The library is the cornerstone of every school and is in a current state of flux. No one knows what to make of the library and some feel it is a relic in the context of schools. New information technologies emerge and the library is soon forgotten or pushed to the side, however, the library has never been more important."


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The rise of e-reading | Pew Internet Libraries

The rise of e-reading | Pew Internet Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Gift giving of tablets and ebook readers trigger a rise in ereading - Pew Internet research findings. 21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
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Joint Project IFLA School Libraries and Resource Centers Section and International Association of School Librarianship | IFLA

Joint Project IFLA School Libraries and Resource Centers Section and International Association of School Librarianship | IFLA | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The Joint Committee of the IFLA Section of SLRC and IASL is delighted to announce that the Joint Committee has been awarded funding by the Professional Committee of IFLA for year one of a two-year project to develop a module of training materials for school library advocacy titled "School Libraries on the Agenda."

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School Library Month April 2012 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Library Month April 2012 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.

 

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iPads vs. Laptops - the low down and the smackdown ...

iPads vs. Laptops - the low down and the smackdown ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

It seems that several schools with successful one-to-one programs are contemplating a transition to iPads. Some factors that come to mind include:functionality (ease of use) including instant-on, long battery, fewer moving parts, etcappeal of "apps" - discrete functionality for specific learning goalscostform factor"consumerization" of IT (users supporting their own equipment)

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Teacher Librarian Leadership Award Winners Announced

Teacher Librarian Leadership Award Winners Announced | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Bowie, MD—April 17—The winners of the first annual Teacher Librarian Leadership Awards for significant contributions to the field have been announced by the editors of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals. Dr. David Loertscher, co-editor of the journal, said these individuals “have shown visionary leadership in the Learning Commons concept and innovation in 21st –century learning.

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Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries

Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The selection process as reported by the local Colorado newspaper Gateway News required significant evidence to be presented as part of the nomination: Each library selected for this honor submitted school-aligned goals, an action plan, a letter of recommendation, and a three minute multimedia presentation showcasing various aspects of the competencies required for program excellence.
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Essential Advocacy Readings for Distribution During School Library Month

Essential Advocacy Readings for Distribution During School Library Month | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Need some ideas for school library advocacy readings to pass along to school community members, legislators, and other invested parties during School Library Month? Try these recent publications.
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Do You Tweet? Connectivism, Social Media, and School Libraries ...

Do You Tweet? Connectivism, Social Media, and School Libraries ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This paper will explore the various uses of social media in school libraries and the Connectivism theory behind using social media in library instruction. Connectivism and the Human Brain. 

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Infographic: Information Literacy Issues

Infographic: Information Literacy Issues | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Developing information literacy skills is perhaps the most important issue in 21st Century Learning and yet the struggle to do so is an uphill battle. We asked our friends in the library world what they think of the state of information literacy in schools


Via Buffy J. Hamilton, Dennis T OConnor
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The Unsung Heroes in our Schools

The Unsung Heroes in our Schools | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In our schools today, there are many Mrs. Spicers, teachers who work away from the spotlight, going about the business of inspiring their students to aspire to greatness. This is especially true of our school librarians....And as we celebrate National Library Week, it is important that we recognize the importance of school librarians.

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Think outside the book | Library and Information Week May 2012

Think outside the book | Library and Information Week May 2012 | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In May every year, libraries and information services throughout Australia showcase their many and varied resources and services through different programs and events targeted to a cross-section of the community. The week provides the opportunity to introduce new services and professional skills to the community, and to publicly canvas issues of importance to the provision of library and information services in Australia. Library and Information Week will be held from 20 - 26 May 2012. We are delighted to announce that the 2012 Library and Information Week theme is Think Outside the Book.

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First Results from PA’s IMLS-Funded 21st Century School Library Infrastructure Study | Keith Curry Lance

First Results from PA’s IMLS-Funded 21st Century School Library Infrastructure Study | Keith Curry Lance | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In 2011, school libraries throughout Pennsylvania responded to a survey commissioned by the state legislature. The survey asked questions about school library staffing, staff activities, collections, technology, hours and access, visits, expenditures, and more. The results of this analysis are being released over the next several weeks in a series of PowerPoint presentations.

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21st Century Skills a Must-Do in 21st Century Instruction - TeachTec

21st Century Skills a Must-Do in 21st Century Instruction - TeachTec | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Some great resource links to 21century skills and importance for instruction across call levels of education. Read this blog to find technology-inspired ideas and resources for your classroom.

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Apomediary as an information professional engaging in apomediation

Apomediary as an information professional engaging in apomediation | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

With a greater use of mobile technologies and the always-connected user, the digital context heralds a change – instead of intermediaries we have the apomediaries who “stand by” as guides whose advice, direction and intervention is optional.

 

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One-to-one: Bring your own device revolution

This bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach raises many questions, in addition
to promising many benefits. How do you know if such a policy will work for your
school? What do you do about kids who don’t have devices? Will teachers accept
this change in their classrooms? Is your broadband service strong enough? If not,
can you afford to upgrade? In other words, how can you best put such a program
into place? convergemag talked to school administrators and technical officers to find out the best practices they have learned from their BYOD implementations. Their
advice is gathered here, along with checklists to help guide you on the path
to BYOD.

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