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School Library Journal's Best of 2016!

http://kidlit.tv School Library Journal's Best of 2016 Live Stream! Books, Apps, and More! From picture books to YA for teens & graphic novels to audiobook
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6 digital citizenship web tools that will help you stay safe(r) online - Daily Genius

6 digital citizenship web tools that will help you stay safe(r) online - Daily Genius | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
Having the world at our fingertips can make the internet a wildly powerful tool. It can also end up being a double edged sword.

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Divine Design: How to create the 21st-century school library of your dreams

Divine Design: How to create the 21st-century school library of your dreams | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

Things are changing. For starters, ebooks, apps, and the web are now a part of your students’ daily lives. So how do you determine the best way to turn your library space into a learning center that’s right for today’s rapidly changing digital world? 


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Ann Ewel's curator insight, March 30, 2015 2:25 PM

We are in the middle of renovating our library.  Great reminders on what is important.  "We are not a book warehouse!"  We needed to weed heavily anyway to make more space for kids.

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Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books

Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
Teachers might see the Internet as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely.

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Turning the School Library into a Community Hub: Here’s How

Turning the School Library into a Community Hub: Here’s How | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

The school library is a unique forum to enlist families in broader community engagement. With this in mind, I wanted to create a program to bring families into my school library at Cambridgeport School, a public pre-K−5 school in Cambridge, MA. My goal was to foster and promote community literacy and greater civic involvement by creating a forum for conversation and collective problem-solving at the library.


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Blended Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

Blended Learning Visually Explained for Teachers | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
March 17, 2015
Blended Learning is one of the major learning concepts that came about as a direct result of the impact of technology integration in education.In blended learning students and teachers...

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Fran Bove's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:06 AM

A neat info-graphic that explains blended learning to teachers.

John Allen's curator insight, April 13, 2015 7:23 AM

I'm a visual learning and I wanted to include this article because if others see themselves as visual learners, this might be a helpful way to look at the idea of blended learning and the effects it has been having over the years. 

Please give this diagram a look and let me know what you think!

MARTA's curator insight, April 23, 2015 6:03 AM

Con el Blended Learning  los estudiantes y maestros llegan a experimentar con un método de enseñanza multimodal en la que el aprendizaje digital y virtual se mezcla con el presencial. Sin embargo, una de las ideas erróneas que circulan entre los que son menos entusiastas sobre el uso de este método de aprendizaje en las aulas es que el aprendizaje mixto no es otra cosa que la sustitución de los profesores con la tecnología. La infografía  echa por tierra este mito y cuenta los numerosos beneficios de aprendizaje combinado. Echa un vistazo y comparte con nosotros lo que piensa de él. 

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A Beginner’s Guide To Personalized Learning

A Beginner’s Guide To Personalized Learning | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

Personalized learning starts with the learner and asks the question, “What does this student need to understand, and how best can that happen?” This is a student-centered approach, and is built around the idea of recognizing the vast differences in students–not just in terms of literacy or schema, but an authentic need to know.


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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 25, 2015 10:04 AM

Personalized learning: the school library is being made for it if professionalization of the library and its staff is secured

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http://www.slj.com/2014/08/programs/dig-it-libraries-are-creating-gardens-to-expand-their-mission/

Dig It! Library Gardens Sprout Up Coast-to-Coast | School Library Journal http://t.co/PqEAbk3Lpo
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15 Must Have Google Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills

15 Must Have Google  Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
April , 2014
Google is one of the primary search engines students turn to when doing their research. On the face of it, searching Google seems as simple as typing in a search query and waiting for...

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Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, May 13, 2014 3:40 PM

Kids do not know this stuff.

Jo Laretive's curator insight, May 14, 2014 5:38 AM

Always keen to up-skill myself and students with online searching.

Sally Tilley's curator insight, May 15, 2014 9:29 PM

Thanks for sharing, the more we teach on this the better of our students will be in the information-saturated world they live in!

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39 Tools To Turn Your Students Into Makers From edshelf

39 Tools To Turn Your Students Into Makers From edshelf | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
These web, desktop, and mobile apps will help your students become makers, inventors, builders, and programmers.

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Juan Legarda's curator insight, March 23, 2014 10:59 PM

The more we share, the more we learn…and therefore the wider we make the scope of possibilities for our students to discover!

Helen Rowling's curator insight, March 25, 2014 2:30 AM

A vast variety for students to explore

Tina Jameson's curator insight, March 27, 2014 6:21 PM

Great selection of apps - going to take me a while to explore them all.  For those interested in STEM - a lot of potential here.

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9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

"Google Drive is a powerful productivity suite with an increasing potential in education. From storing documents to creating stunning presentations and drawings, Google Drive empowers you with the necessary tools to enhance your productivity and augment your workflow.  I have been sharing several guides and materials on how teachers can tap into the power of this platform and this section aggregates all I have shared in this regard so far."


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Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, March 11, 2014 10:06 AM

Great suggestions on how students can use Google Docs

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:28 AM
9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive
Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:51 PM

I've still got a few things to teach my class but we are getting there.

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professionalreviews / FrontPage

professionalreviews / FrontPage | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
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David V. Loertscher's Wiki Page of Professional Reviews

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BOOKLIST GRADES 5 6 Title Author

BOOKLIST GRADES 5 6 Title Author | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
Description: asterix-and-the-banquet pdf. (#School #Library #Journal http://t.co/JtpIkwiAa3 BOOKLIST GRADES 5 6 Title Author)
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School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces'

School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
Librarians are showing growing interest in the 'maker movement' as their roles shift from collectors of information to facilitators of project-based learning.

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Makerspaces in School Libraries

Makerspaces in School Libraries: An IGNITE presentation for LSC 531 at the University of Rhode Island. Link to my Libguide to follow within the next week ...

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 28, 2015 9:16 AM

Across the nation school sponsored STEM initiatives are on the rise to encourage students to explore the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  School libraries typically provide access to many of the tools necessary for STEM projects such as access to computers, devices and the Internet.  What are you doing in this area?

Tricia Adams's curator insight, April 29, 2015 6:36 AM

Interesting - useful if you are planning a makerspace in your library

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13 Digital Research Tools For The Google Generation

13 Digital Research Tools For The Google Generation | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
13 Digital Research Tools And The Credibility Lessons They Teach

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How Deductive Thinking Can Drive Student-Designed Research

How Deductive Thinking Can Drive Student-Designed Research | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

I teach students to select a subject area, pick a topic, craft a question, design a prospectus, follow through on the plans, adapt to obstacles and “interesting” findings, organize results, and create an appropriate outcome that matches the content and methodology of the project.


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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, April 28, 2015 11:57 PM

Yes, please, slow down the brainstorming thinking before students actually start looking for research sources.  These steps can be incorporated into a collaborative librarian/teacher plan for assignments.

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How to Crowdfund Your Classroom

How to Crowdfund Your Classroom | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
If you’re like most teachers, you spend a crazy amount of your own money on your classroom. In fact, this Forbes article explains that teachers spend an average of $513 each year on classroom supplies, books, and their own professional development.

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Chart students’ growth with digital badges

Chart students’ growth with digital badges | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
Digital badges offer a new, flexible assessment model that can give students recognition for everything they accomplish — in the classroom, after school and in all areas of their lives.

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Genrefication of your school’s fiction collection

Genrefication of your school’s fiction collection | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

Do you use the Dewey Decimal Classification at your school? Can your kids figure out what "142.780973" means? Would they know where to find the "Sports" books? Using this logic, many schools are wondering if they and their students might be better served using a book-store model, or genres, when it comes to their fiction collection…. but where to begin?


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Tricia Adams's curator insight, November 25, 2014 11:09 AM

Do you agree? I can see some benefits

Lourense Das's curator insight, November 28, 2014 3:54 PM

Dewey and kids: do we need another way of classification? If so, where to begin

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, November 29, 2014 12:12 AM

... but where to begin?

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Librarians React to ‘Amelia Bedelia’ Hoax

Librarians React to ‘Amelia Bedelia’ Hoax | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
When New York writer EJ Dickson publicly confessed to fabricating information on the Wikipedia page for Amelia Bedelia author Peggy Parish, it was a “teachable moment” according to one librarian.
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Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies

Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 16, 2014 5:36 AM

EasyBib's FAQs are a great source

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 13, 2014 4:15 PM

How does your school stack up against this list? It is one person's view. Even though it may be a bit confronting for some it is worth considering that maybe hanging onto the 'sacred cows' is actually limiting the opportunities you can provide your students. 

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, March 13, 2014 4:33 PM

and how's your school doing ...

Jan Watts's curator insight, March 16, 2014 7:43 PM

This post is thought-provoking and challenging. It needs to be debated in every staffroom in this country (and around the world)....

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How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our Kids

How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our Kids | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it
From Los Angeles to New York City, budget cuts are affecting public school libraries.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:01 PM

Some startling statistics and related posts that given an indication of the impact of closing school libraries. 

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Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Library Journal

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Library Journal | School Library Ideas | Scoop.it

Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. “Nearly every public school in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties has a library with certified staff, which has been proven to increase student reading and comprehension,” notes Kintisch. “In contrast, most public schools in Philadelphia do not employ a certified librarian, and more than 140 do not have a library.”


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 12, 2013 2:01 PM

Kieth Curry Lance's decade long research studies established (beyond any doubt) that a professionally staffed library is essential for student achievement. It never hurts to be shown the obvious truth (over and over again).


When will the decision makers stop the lip service and pay attention to the research? School Libraries and Librarians WORK! 

Lourense Das's curator insight, March 13, 2013 3:35 AM

Told you so! ;-)