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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This white paper explores and articulates three intersections between scholarly communication and information literacy. The paper also provides strategies for librarians from different backgrounds to initiate collaborations within their own campus environments between information literacy and scholarly communication.

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This paper indicates areas of strategic realignment for librarians in order for libraries to be resilient in the face of tremendous change in the scholarly information environment. Economics of distribution, Digital literacies, Changing role.

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How Simple Artifacts Can Promote Inquiry-Based Learning

How Simple Artifacts Can Promote Inquiry-Based Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This post offers an example of how a simple artifact can support inquiry-based learning.
Karen Bonanno's insight:

Observe, Think and Question.

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, April 1, 2013 7:42 PM

We will be seeing these changes in the new Australian curriculum - a focus on primary sources to foster the inquiry process.

William Emeny's curator insight, April 29, 2013 2:03 PM

A modern take on the age-old 'visual aid'!

Dawn Darling's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:18 AM

Great to use as the provocation for a unit.

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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Close your eyes and picture it. What is that space like? What does it sound like? How are people interacting? Is there movement? Is there evidence of work in progress? Is it tidy, or busy-messy? Can you imagine working there?"


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A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - iLibrarian

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - iLibrarian | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Articles, blogs and other resources for anyone thinking about setting up a makerspace in their organization.

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Anne McLean's curator insight, March 26, 2013 5:47 PM

21st century libraries have makerspaces.  So teacher librarians, get with it!

lfredric's curator insight, March 28, 2013 11:18 AM

Lots of interesting ideas  LF

Lis Marrow's curator insight, April 26, 2013 8:18 PM
At maker thorium Wellington nz
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The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students

The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Using collaborative tools, teachers will be able to help in holding  online and real-time discussions with their  students, help them in their projects and assignments, guide their learning, do backchanneling, and synchronously moderate discussion threads and many more.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

A real mixture here - some that have been around for awhile and some new tools that I will need to explore.

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2013 Horizon.K12: The Interim Results | The New Media Consortium

2013 Horizon.K12: The Interim Results | The New Media Consortium | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The NMC is pleased to announce the interim results of the 2013 Horizon.K12 Project, as presented at the 2013 CoSN Conference in San Diego. The Horizon Project Advisory Board voted for the top 12 emerging technologies as well as the top ten trends and challenges that they believe will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in global K-12 education over the next five years. These initial results will be compiled into an interim report, known as the "Short List," and described in further detail.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

No surprises here for the one year or less - BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), Cloud Computing, Mobile Learning, Online Learning. In fact, no big surprises for the time for adoption for any of the technologies listed. The challenge will be how schools can effectively integrate these technologies into current education structures and systems.

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Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project

David Grant, who guides the school's technology integration and curriculum development, has put together a six-step rubric for designing a project. He says Fading Footprints, which became a model for King and Expeditionary Learning Schools, doesn't take an entire school, or even a team of twelve, to plan and carry out; one or two teachers can tailor this one to fit their time and resources.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

This is an example of using a guiding question to engage students and the showing how the project is planned.

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Courtney Nicolou's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:06 AM

A school librarian writes about changing the librarian stereotype and making the school media center a fun place for students.

Library Staff's curator insight, March 22, 2013 7:01 PM

A methodical and practical approach to project-based learning, aligning well with the real world aspects of guided inquiry.

Dafina Westbrooks's curator insight, June 24, 2013 4:47 PM

We need to make this a priority this year!

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21st-Century Projects Inspire Global Citizenship Plus Creativity

21st-Century Projects Inspire Global Citizenship Plus Creativity | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This post takes a look at a real-world project that has inspired students to think more creatively about their role as global citizens.

 

This is the second in a special Edutopia blog series about developing 21st century skills through project-based learning.

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This post explains what happens when students engage in authentic learning activities.

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Signs of engagement in learning

Signs of engagement in learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Our district has been focusing on student engagement, so we made a list of behaviors of students who were engaged with their groups:

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Some helpful signs to look out for to see if the students are engaging in group work or whether they have disengaged and are not longer contributing to the group work.

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What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"?

What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Thanks to Amy Mayer of FriEdTechnology for this fantastic comparison describing the key differences between "doing projects" and project-based learning!

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Amy's comparison chart does help to define the differences.

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Libraries work to give readers new experiences

Libraries work to give readers new experiences | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

To serve the needs of their diverse clientele, libraries throughout Ohio are focused on providing experienced-based services, Evans said.

 

Some customers might want to learn a new skill or use the Internet. Groups might want to use the library as a meeting space, while parents might want a fun program for their children after school.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

The evolution of a public library.

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20 Alternatives to Google Reader from Phil Bradley

20 Alternatives to Google Reader from Phil Bradley | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
So the really big news yesterday, outstripping that of a new Pope is the news that Google is Powering Down Google Reader, which for many people is a total disaster.
Karen Bonanno's insight:

I haven't used Google Reader in awhile and tend to rely on the tablet tools that Phil mentions in his post.

 

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Anne McLean's curator insight, March 17, 2013 10:07 PM

I have never used Google Reader but this article covers the alternatives

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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

 via Edudemic

Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved.

 

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Take some time to explore the 21C fluency project site - several fluencies are identified including information fluency, media fluency.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 30, 2013 7:13 PM

Tools that support social media, resourcing for lessons and lesson planning tools.

Anne McLean's comment, March 31, 2013 10:04 PM
Teacher Librariàns and the school library should be at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning.
Noorazizah Md Kamali's curator insight, April 4, 2013 4:30 AM

These are excellent web tools to encourae inquiry based learning!  I am using almost half of the tools mentioned. 

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The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of a major shift at school libraries thanks to technology innovation. Here are a dozen of those tech tools responsible.
Karen Bonanno's insight:

Implementing a couple of these technologies could make a significant difference to how your school library delivers services and information to students and teachers. You could be a leader in your school with some of these approaches.

 

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Lourense Das's curator insight, April 2, 2013 3:30 AM

Interesting tools for state-of-the-art school libraries

Kris McGlaun's curator insight, April 2, 2013 9:01 AM

Many of the tools are associated with university and college libraries.

Sue Kowalski's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:42 AM

Great curated list of SO much information!

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Infographic: eReading on the Rise

Infographic: eReading on the Rise | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
News and Info for Library Partners

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SCIS's curator insight, March 25, 2013 10:39 PM

eBook reading is on the rise accross every age group.' Nearly a quarter of all readers aged 16 and up reported reading an eBook in 2012, up 16 percent from 2011'.

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ASLA National Conference 2013 | speakers, sessions and registration

ASLA National Conference 2013 | speakers, sessions and registration | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

When: 28th September to 1st October, 2013

Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Theme: The Curriculum Experience: Connect, Integrate, Lead

Karen Bonanno's insight:

With the implementation of the Australian Curriculum under way this conference will be timely. Keynote speakers include the chair of the curriculum authority and concurrent session presenters represent the significant contributors to curriculum discussion in the school library profession in Australia.

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State library emphasizes education in the 21st century

State library emphasizes education in the 21st century | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

State librarian Daria Bossman knows that when it comes to being a 21st century librarian, the times – and the technology – are changing.  

 

As state librarian, Daria Bossman encourages the connection between public libraries and school libraries to strengthen education and the transition to Common Core Standards

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Bossman and her team train the state’s public and school librarians and work with them to collaborate and incorporate new forms of information, including eBooks, databases and now the Common Core Standards.

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School library infographics: research and advocacy

School library infographics: research and advocacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Sometimes you need the visually attractive, embeddable, tweetable version of the elevator speech.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 22, 2013 3:15 AM

Great visual! 

 

Leslie Lilly's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:26 AM

Great tool!

Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 22, 2013 5:12 PM

Great for advocacy now.....Teach students how to create infographics to 'show' their understanding of what they know about a topic they have researched.

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Literacy in the Digital Age

Literacy in the Digital Age | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A directory of literacies.

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, April 1, 2013 8:03 PM

This is a good resource for teachers, teacher librarians and teacher educators.

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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, practices and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning (PBL).

 

BIE contributes to Project Based Learning through product development, services, research, and online learning.

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This site is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in project-based learning in your school and classroom.

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The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In the largest survey of instructors who have taught massive open online courses, The Chronicle heard from critics, converts, and the cautious.
Karen Bonanno's insight:

Are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) going to change the way we teach across all sectors of education?

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:33 PM

add your insight...

 

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:50 PM

Even more than MOOCs changing the way we teach - they are changing the way we learn, as is social media and tablet computing.

Lourense Das's curator insight, March 20, 2013 3:55 AM

Ever heard of MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses? Read what professors think of it.

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | MindShift

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | MindShift | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A new Project Tomorrow report surveying principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools. At the same time, the report concludes that those who have the biggest influence on new teachers — veteran educators –  don’t always embrace new ways of using technology to engage students.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Interesting stats: "Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers."

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, March 20, 2013 11:04 AM

Great insight into Professional Development.

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Making Digital Libraries Work, With or Without BYOD

Making Digital Libraries Work, With or Without BYOD | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Districts are experimenting with strategies for creating state-of-the-art K-12 digital libraries.
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One school district's ebook journey.

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, April 1, 2013 7:56 PM

Some practical insights into the management of e-readers in a school library.

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School libraries shelve book-boosting plans as more student research goes online

School libraries shelve book-boosting plans as more student research goes online | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

WILMINGTON -- When the Wilmington High School library got rid of around 5,000 of its books, leaving just a few shelves full, one teacher suggested to librarian Paula Byrne that it marked the end of civilization.

 

"They got scared when all the books went," Byrne said. "But this isn't the end of civilization. It's the digital age."

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Teacher librarian as a facilitator of learning - helping students to connect, communicate, collaborate, create in a digital learning environment.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:59 PM

"It's not just books anymore," Byrne said.   Amen!  Our tewo high schools are set to open up new spaces like that this week.  I'm so excited!