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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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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
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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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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

The 21st-Century Digital Learner | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.


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Questions Prensky asks students -What experiences in school really engaged you? How do you use technology in school as opposed to outside of school? What are your pet peeves?

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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

Nuno Ricardo Oliveira's curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:53 AM

The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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After staff cuts, librarians doing double duty - Ocala

After staff cuts, librarians doing double duty - Ocala | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
After staff cuts, librarians doing double duty
Ocala
She must keep up with two separate school library budgets, two book fair budgets, and manage two state stipends to purchase new books.
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Working across two schools - The two schools combined have 33,000 books that are checked out nearly 110,000 times during a 180-day school year.

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5 Things To Know While Building A Learning Environment

5 Things To Know While Building A Learning Environment | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
How do you adequately build a learning environment that facilitates learning and understanding? EdTechTeacher's Don Orth walks you through the process.
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The questions posed sound simple, but they are biggies when considering the dynamics of learning spaces for students.

 

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School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning

School libraries have the potential to be a vibrant hub for learning, information, reading promotion, creativity, student leadership and social interaction within their school community. From an equity perspective, the school library is one of few places in a school open to all students, teachers and parents. In addition to providing a congenial learning environment and ‘safe haven’, the school library often offers a venue for extra-curricular activities, as well as school community events and meetings.

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Research findings from Gold Coast schools (Queensland, Australia)

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Karen Cuthbert's comment, September 1, 2013 8:33 PM
Thanks Karen, I agree
Esther Casey's curator insight, September 2, 2013 3:59 AM

Great to see this research being done closer to home and showing again the value of school libraries as a central hub of the school.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:05 PM

A good article on the economic value of school libraries in Australia

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9-Step Instructional Process that Just Works | LearnDash

9-Step Instructional Process that Just Works | LearnDash | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
9-Step Instructional Process that Just Works | LearnDash. Assess early, often and make it about performance. http://t.co/0u99LwpgnD

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 30, 2013 10:31 AM

Short and sweet list - I think many good quality teachers use this method without realizing they are doing so (much like good researchers use Big6 whether or not they know the nomenclature of that process). Share with your new teachers.

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15 Surreal Landscapes Made from Food

15 Surreal Landscapes Made from Food | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
  Artist and photographer Carl Warner began his career in landscape and still photography, working many years in the advertising industry. Seeking new inspiration and direction one day, he hap...
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Something to inspire the creative energy.

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Defunding threatens school libraries throughout US - World Socialist Web Site

Defunding threatens school libraries throughout US - World Socialist Web Site | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Wall Street Journal Defunding threatens school libraries throughout US World Socialist Web Site Steep budget cuts accompanied by the damaging impact of high-stakes standardized testing are undermining one of the most reliable and proven means of improving academic performance: well stocked, up-to-date school libraries staffed by professionally certified school librarians.


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The most vunerable groups in society are being effected by the decisions being driven by government authorities.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 26, 2013 9:32 AM

The opening sentence: Steep budget cuts accompanied by the damaging impact of high-stakes standardized testing are undermining one of the most reliable and proven means of improving academic performance: well stocked, up-to-date school libraries staffed by professionally certified school librarians.

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Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report

Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The IFLA Trend Report identifies five high level trends shaping the global information environment.

"E-lending in libraries and the treasure trove of personal data Today simply reading an e-book can reveal a great deal about you. How long it takes you to finish a chapter, your favourite parts, the speed and consistency of your reading and what you’re likely to borrow or buy next. In an economy increasingly built on ‘information mining’, this kind of data is of great value for publishers, distributors and authors"


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Tricia Adams's curator insight, August 27, 2013 11:33 AM

Scary - or exciting???

Martin Olsen's curator insight, June 29, 2014 6:38 AM

An overview of an emerging hyper connected society and its impact from the global library community

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Integration of Information Literacy into the Curriculum: Changing Students’ Relationships with the School Librarian

Motivated by a shared inquiry question, a team of librarians at Deerfield High School (Illinois) gathered data to support a push to integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum, and developed a fruitful collaboration with other departments resulting in a co-taught Medieval narrative project. Among other important outcomes: a change in student perceptions about the role of school librarians.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:49 PM

Not only integrating IL to the curriculum but also integrating the librarian to the curriculum, that is what makes the difference, in my opinion...

Lourense Das's curator insight, October 30, 2013 5:00 AM

Integration of #IL into #curriculum: changing student's relationship with #schoollibrarian.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 2:09 PM

integration of IL into the Curriculum

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Teacher Librarian Tips | American Libraries Magazine

Teacher Librarian Tips | American Libraries Magazine | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Not everything you need to know about school librarianship is taught in graduate school. No matter how comprehensive the training for school library certification is, there are a few aspects of teaching that may still surprise you.
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10 Digital Resources That Will Improve Your School Library

10 Digital Resources That Will Improve Your School Library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
  via Edudemic School had ended. Yet, there was a mini EdCamp nestled deep in the library in Warwick, Rhode Island. In that EdCamp sat a group of inspired, tech-loving educators trying to get ...
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Thought provoking links to explore

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Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 10, 2013 9:46 AM

An interesting collection of library related links for academic and school libraries.

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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
Monitor Online (blog)
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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How To Get Started With A BYOD Classroom - Edudemic

How To Get Started With A BYOD Classroom - Edudemic | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Implementing a BYOD classroom can (and should) take quite a bit of time. That is, of course, if you want it to succeed. Here are some tips to know.
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The Library as Catalyst for Civic Engagment | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal

The Library as Catalyst for Civic Engagment | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

“Come to us for stuff.” I’m not sure any library has actually used that as a marketing pitch or description of its mission—pithy as it is. For many of us, though, it neatly encapsulates the libraries with which we grew up.

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Public libraries having to step up to help meet the information needs of K–12 students who are affected by the erosion in funding for school libraries.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:34 AM

"Public libraries can help meet the information needs of K–12 students who are affected by the erosion in funding for school libraries". Is this true? Only when PL invest in (professional development) of teacher librarians

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Collection Bashing & Trashing | Office Hours

Collection Bashing & Trashing | Office Hours | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

From Michael Stephens - A few months ago in “Holding Us Back” (LJ 4/15/13, p. 42), I suggested that one of the things preventing librarians from working at web scale might be “a lingering emphasis on collections over users.” I and others have argued that the evolution of libraries and library service will include a pronounced shift from libraries as book warehouses to libraries as centers for discovery, learning, and creation via any number of platforms.

 

I might have been guilty of a bit of collection bashing in these discussions, and recent occurrences of collection trashing have given me pause. I still see the path forward detailed above as viable and inevitable, but we must also not forget that stewardship must not be sacrificed for a 3-D printer or a wall of monitors highlighting a digital collection.

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The delicate balance between collections, connections and clients....

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Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Google?

Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Google? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Think about 2008 for a minute. Wikipedia was only two years old, and Facebook had only existed for four. I was supporting a research project with a group of sixth graders studying ancient history. Th
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An interesting reflection.

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Curation as learning in information literacy

Curation as learning in information literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Curation is not exactly a new concept for libraries; for centuries we have been selecting, organising and preserving information. However, the ability to curate content effectively is now demanded of virtually everyone in today's information rich environment.

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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, September 1, 2013 9:08 AM

So many interessting points in this article about how curation allows application of information literacy skills! 

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10 Conditions For Achieving Success With Blended Learning

10 Conditions For Achieving Success With Blended Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
10 Conditions For Achieving Success With Blended Learning The definition of blended learning is the “integrat(ion) of online with traditional face-to-face class activities in a planned, pedagogically valuable manner.” Put another way, it is the...

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Grassroots...you need some champions in your school or district.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:42 AM

Includes a nice infographic to illustrate the ideas in the article. 

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No Professional Staffing in Harrisburg Public School Libraries

No Professional Staffing in Harrisburg Public School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
All the more reason to do it. Yup, let's be myopic and reap those short-term gains, and to hell with student learning and achievement. Excerpt: Without a librarian to manage things, Pennsylvania's POWER Library databases ...
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This is not rocket science - "Renovating and reopening a closed school library actually can be more expensive than the money saved through initial cuts."

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The (Unfair) Fight Against School Librarians - Book Riot

The (Unfair) Fight Against School Librarians - Book Riot | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
I am not monogamous when it comes to library love. Subsequently, when my school librarian friends start to get picked on, I will hop on my library advocacy.
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An advocate for school librarians and libraries.

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5 Free iPad Apps Students Can Use to Take Notes

5 Free iPad Apps Students Can Use to Take Notes | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

If your students are going to be using iPads in your classroom this year, here are five free iPad apps they can try for taking notes and keeping those notes organized.

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Keep those notes with you at all times

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:21 PM

A great way to make sure those important notes stay with you wherever you go.

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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and students more creative learners.


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The practice of mixing online and in-person instruction

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 1, 2013 2:32 PM

As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction — guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned. Here are four crucial factors to keep in mind as schools plunge in.

Mrs. B's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:01 AM

The emphasis is not on technology but what technology can enable: creativity and innovation in an ever-changing world. 

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 27, 2014 2:09 AM

This article basically explains what blended learning is, and how to incorporate technology in a meaningful way. Also has useful advice on how to introduce blended learning within a school.

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A vision statement from the President - SLANZA

A vision statement from the President - SLANZA | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
I really believe that school libraries make a difference to the educational outcomes of students in New Zealand, I believe that the work we do every day is important, and that the students we work with would tell you that this is ...
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