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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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How To Overcome The iPad Learning Curve

How To Overcome The iPad Learning Curve | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Technology can make life a lot easier in the classroom. In the past, criticism was often aimed at new technology coming into the classroom, recent advances in technology have made drastic changes to the learning environment.


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Worth checking this out as it has a rubric for evaluating applications and how it incorporates the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Also online tutorials on using the iPad.

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6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"The list of mind blowing videos covering the topic of 21st century education and learning is growing bigger and bigger. There are actually some clips that I think every teacher should watch if not twice then at least once. These videos are not only an inestimable source of inspiration but are also a good resource packed full of great ideas on where education is right now."


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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, January 25, 2013 10:27 AM

Awesome viewpoints! Great visuals.

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Digital Learning Day : 6 February

Digital Learning Day : 6 February | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Digital Learning Day, February 6, 2013, is a national celebration of educators that shines a spotlight on successful instructional technology practice in classrooms across the country - USA. 

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Even though the day is geographically celebrated in the USA there is no reason why anyone cannot go and access the multiple supply of resources - or celebrate whereever you may be.

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10 Secrets To Unlocking The Learning Potential Of The iPad

10 Secrets To Unlocking The Learning Potential Of The iPad | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

It’s an app library, a media consumption device, and a mobile learning tool that makes yesterday’s graphing calculators, smartboards, and laptops look like abacuses.

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Some very clear objectives are identified in this article that will ensure relevant learning happens.

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XDiscovery's comment, May 14, 2014 11:43 AM

XDiscovery launch mobile app to learn in seconds with visual knowledge maps for 4 million topics
http://learn.xdiscovery.com
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Why Don't They Apply What They've Learned, Part I - Do Your Job Better

Why Don't They Apply What They've Learned, Part I - Do Your Job Better | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Getting students to transfer knowledge from one context to another is a much more complicated process than many of us expect.
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Many of us would like our students to apply the skills they learn in one subject to other subject areas and/or apply the skills outside the classroom. To be successfull, there needs to be more scaffolding of the learning and repeat opportunities to practice the skill.

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How would you fill an Edcanvas?

How would you fill an Edcanvas? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The flexible platform allows teachers and students to organize and share teaching and learning materials, or their research products, in the form of a attractive visual grids composed of tiles.

 

Pick a topic, choose a theme (tile layout) and create a canvas by curating and annotating a variety of media elements–videos, images, links, and files–your own original content, commentary and questions, or the work of others.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

A great tool that you could use with teachers and students - multiple applications linked to curating, professional learning & networking, resource directory .....

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A Bus(wo)mans's Holiday OR The Importance of School Libraries

A Bus(wo)mans's Holiday OR The Importance of School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

As rewarding as a school librarian’s job is and despite working with people, mostly pupils and staff, it can be a lonely job. You are isolated from other school librarians, more so when you live on an island, and therefore one really appreciates the chance meet up with others.

 

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A reflection on a holiday trip combined with lobbying experiences for school libraries.

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Game-Based Learning to Teach and Assess 21st Century Skills

Game-Based Learning to Teach and Assess 21st Century Skills | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Yes, games can be used to teach and assess 21st century skills! As the conversation in education reform moves forward, and educators are increasingly leveraging 21st century skills, we need to consider how to couple games with reform.

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Game-based learning = collaboration, communication, critical & creative thinking.

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, January 19, 2013 9:00 AM

Games can make a difference - and they always have.   It's a matter of being aware of what is out there.. .. and putting the potential skills to creative use.

Jan MacWatters's comment, January 19, 2013 9:01 AM
I'm not sure we all need to be gamers, but we do all need to be aware of how they are being used.. successfully as well as the potential downfalls.
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, January 19, 2013 12:15 PM
I agree, I've always found that in order to understand something you have to explore. It's like everything new you can't criticise it unless you've tried it. Time doesn't alway allow though :(
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Web-based Version of Blooms Taxonomy (30+ digital tools ) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Web-based Version of Blooms Taxonomy (30+ digital tools ) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

One of the main objectives underlying our work as 21st century teachers and educators is to use technology to create innovative, creative, and engaging learning environments for our students.The focus now has been shifted from whether or not to use technology to how to use this technology to improve teaching and learning.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

A great site with tools linked to each of the Blooms Taxonomy stages of development.

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Teresa Maia's curator insight, January 18, 2013 12:46 PM

Site com indicação de ferramentas digitais para cada um dos níveis da taxonomia de Bloom.

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DAVID WHEELER: Have a question? Ask a librarian

DAVID WHEELER: Have a question? Ask a librarian | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
One of the most under-appreciated jobs in education is the school librarian. Where else can you get book recommendations for readers of all ages or help with writing an essay?
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We certainly need more school principals like David in the system.  Thank you David for your insight.

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School Libraries Count! | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Libraries Count! | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School Libraries Count! survey
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Five years of collated survey results.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:28 AM

Continuing to prove that a good program makes a difference!

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Libraries stress importance of children reading books

Libraries stress importance of children reading books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Even if children have access to digital devices, they still read,” said Crystal Hamrick, children’s librarian, Bridgeport Library. “If I can get them to read an electronic book, that is still good. Our library offers many digital books for our young readers.

“Reading is very important to character development, to understand how stories flow,” she said. “I can’t say that our kids are reading less. The amount of time given them to read has changed.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

The school and public library in any community provides equity of access for every child to be able to develop essential literacy skills through reading.

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UNESCO Launches Free Online Course on Media and Information Literacy

UNESCO Launches Free Online Course on Media and Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a free online course that supports Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Intercultural Dialogue. The course which is designed for teachers, policy makers and professionals will be offered over 13 weeks, from February 25 to May 31, 2013 and will be led by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia.

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A great initiative to develop leadership for media and information literacy in society.

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Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy

Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Only a decade and a few years in, how can we fully describe the twenty-first century learner?

Via Jessica Raeside, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Anu Ojaranta
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Being literate in today's society requires a different set of skills - a combination that builds on traditional literacy skills.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 22, 2013 12:45 PM

Thanks!

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 23, 2013 6:44 AM

21st century skills as life long learning skills! Literacy isn't anymore just being able to read, write and, count. Deeper learning and higher order thinking skills are what needs to paid attention to. Proper information literacy skills are vital! 

Carol Koechlin's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:52 PM

Teacher Librarians can help design for deeper learning by collaboratively building Knowledge Building Centers with teachers and students https://sites.google.com/site/knowledgebuildingcentres/home

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Challenge Based Learning

CBL is an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages learners to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems. Challenge Based Learning is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with peers, teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to ask good questions, develop deep subject area knowledge, identify and solve challenges, take action, and share their experience.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Resources, community, toolkits and more. CBL will definitely be the flavour for 2013.

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, January 25, 2013 10:29 AM

CBL is the future. This is what I had to use for my Grad project.

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Promoting critical thinking skills through Problem-Based Learning in teacher education


Via Teach n' Kids Learn, Ana Rodera, Rogério Queirós, Rui Guimarães Lima
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Alistair Parker's curator insight, January 23, 2013 8:22 AM

add your insight...

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Emerging trend toward bookless libraries in a digital age

Emerging trend toward bookless libraries in a digital age | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

It's an effort to make the library better suit the needs and research habits of 21st-century students, principal Mary Harkins said, adding that the final book count would depend on what fitted the school's curriculum.

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School libraries changing to meet to the needs of 'always-connected' students - for many students their reserach begins and ends online.  The School library becomes a colloborative and creative community space.

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Project 365: Teacher Librarian

Project 365: Teacher Librarian | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A 365 Project is a photography project, you take 1 photo each day for a year on a subject of your choosing and share it with the world. (from 365 Project blog)
Advantages:- Powerful, visual advocacy tool for my library media program- Opportunity to participate in a shared experience with other educators- Flex my creativity muscles with daily photo assignments while also improving my photo-taking abilities- Photo journal of the year does the remembering so that I don't have to
Karen Bonanno's insight:

I like this - could be quite a different way to advocate for your school library and result in a visual end of year report.

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, March 17, 2013 6:35 PM

This sounds interesting. A chance to connect with other libraries and the students in your own school?

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The School Library Media Specialist: Overview

The School Library Media Specialist: Overview | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The library media specialist has many roles and responsibilities including teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator(Information Power, p. 4-5).

 

Teacher. The teacher librarian must be an effective educator and curricular leader. The media specialist must possess up-to-date knowledge and skills on a wide range of educational topics including teaching, learning, and information literacy.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

This site hosts great information on the role, professional learning, videos and more that will be very helpful to new school library media specialists.

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Digital Learning Day Resources

Digital Learning Day Resources | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The second annual Digital Learning Day is on February 6, 2013. We've compiled some useful resources on digital learning to help you celebrate the day with your class.
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A range of web links that provides sound professional reading and links to current thinking by teachers.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 18, 2013 9:26 PM

A range of very useful resources - some for classroom use and others for professional learning for the staff.

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A Beginner's Guide To Proofreading | Web tools to support inquiry based learning

A Beginner's Guide To Proofreading | Web tools to support inquiry based learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Writing plays a key part in your life. Whether you're a blogger, teacher, administrator, or someone else ... writing (and therefore proofreading) is a critical skill.
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Methods and tips to help you produce a polished end product.

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Your Students Don’t Stink at Research: Your Software Does

Your Students Don’t Stink at Research: Your Software Does | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

InstaGrok perspective on how it will help your students become better researchers.

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InstaGrok provides students with a dynamic way to engage in research.

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Teacher Librarian - December 2012 digital edition

Teacher Librarian - December 2012 digital edition | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The digital edition of Teacher Librarian | December 2012

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Includes articles on reading programs, forming iTeams/iStaff, Flipped Librarians, Collaborative Learning and more.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 16, 2013 3:30 AM

A lot of interesting reading!

Carey Leahy's curator insight, January 17, 2013 12:05 AM

Several articles worth reading.Infant literacy, 'Flipping' support and App usage.

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Performance Evaluation of School Librarians - AASL Essential Links

Resources for the development of school library programs - special emphasis on essential links to support the evaluation of school librarians.

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These essential links provide access to a great toolkit of professional reading, standards, evaluation rubric and guidelines.

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A Visual Primer On Learning Theory

A Visual Primer On Learning Theory | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

1. Behaviorism: learning is a process of reacting to external stimuli

2. Cognitivism: learning is a process of acquiring and storing information

3. Constructivism: meaning is continuously “constructed” through experience and reflection

4. Connectivism: learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes


Via John Evans
Karen Bonanno's insight:

This is a great graphic on four significant learning theories - well worth considering it as a display.

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Dr. Ruby Parker's curator insight, August 28, 2013 5:23 PM

A great visual tool to introduce learning theory.