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Exploring learning for the future with this whole school approach
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CTV Toronto: Upgrade for traditional libraries

CTV Toronto: Upgrade for traditional libraries | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Naomi Parness checks out the library of the future. Find out how libraries are adapting to the digital age.
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School libraries writing their own future. Yay!!!

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The iCentre: Australia School Libraries “Learning Commons” Concept

The iCentre: Australia School Libraries “Learning Commons” Concept | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
At the 19th Treasure Mountain Research Retreat “The Learner in the Learning Commons” held in Hartford, Connecticut last month, keynoter Dr. Lyn Hay presented “An Anatomy of an iCentre.” Dr. Hay who teaches at Charles ...
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Doesn't really matter what we call this transformational learning space let's just get moving to support learning to learn.

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Librarians as Instructional Designers: Strategies for Engaging Conversations for Learning

Librarians as Instructional Designers:  Strategies for Engaging Conversations for Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
School, academic, and public librarians often cite collaborative partnerships as one of the greatest challenges of the profession---how do we invite collaboration, how do we nurture and sustain tho...
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Designing for learning especially responsive learning experiences is a critical role for teacher librarians . Helping teachers craft high level inquiry using the best resources and technologies to boost learning is a TL specialty. Helping each student deal with information challenges on the spot when they need it is also a key. Great post to start these conversations with school leaders.

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Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)? - T.H.E. Journal

Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)? - T.H.E. Journal | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)?
T.H.E. Journal
What makes some administrators believe that librarians--many of them with a teaching certificate alongside a master's degree in library science--are so expendable?
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The Virtual Learning Commons is critical to supporting students today and in the future.

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Our Transformation

Our Transformation | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The world around us is changing at a pace we have never seen before. Every aspect of our society is working hard to keep up, adapt to the changes and take advantage of the host of new technologies ...
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Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing your journey to date. You are inspiring others :)

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How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 201...

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 201... | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?
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Some excellent ideas to build on......next turn reading into a participatory experience to build understanding with others

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'Human library' concept a hit at Wellington - Nanaimo Daily News

'Human library' concept a hit at Wellington
Nanaimo Daily News
Elizabeth Sansoucy-Jones, a teacher-librarian at Wellington, said the concept of the human library began in Denmark a few years and has taken off internationally since then.
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Wonderful project to connect students to living stories.

 

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The Changing Role of School Librarians

Find out how modern teacher-librarians are improving students' and teachers' lives every day. Reporter: Mark Ray.
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Making a difference!

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21st Century Technology Skills Are a Core Competency for Today’s Graduates

21st Century Technology Skills Are a Core Competency for Today’s Graduates | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Our students need to be comfortable with the information technologies that are inextricably linked to the 21st century skills the work place requires, and (MT: Collaboration critical thinking & comm's linked 2 IT.
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Teacher librarians have the skills and knowledge to lead the way in the Library Learning Commons

 

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How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First.

How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First. | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Hulstrom K-8 is gaining national recognition amongst educators for how they prepare students to be thoughtful and... http://t.co/bzby5eEO3z
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Teacher librarian leadership for whole school results.

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A close look at introducing project-based learning ... - SchoolNet SA

A close look at introducing project-based learning ... - SchoolNet SA | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
So what is project-based learning? In it's simplest form project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, ...

Via Karen Bonanno
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Good overall support for Project Based Learning. Now add the potential of collaborative knowledge building  and focus on learning to learn skills via the Big Think http://www.lmcsource.com/Catalog/thebigthink.html

 

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, October 23, 2013 4:39 PM

PBL explained in detail. A good guide.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:37 PM

Are you wanting to teach project based learning with your students?  Here is a step by step manual from SchoolNetSA.

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Tomorrow, Visualized | Library by Design

Tomorrow, Visualized | Library by Design | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
As I got ready to tour the James B. Hunt Jr.

Via Anne Whisken, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Although this university library is beyond the reach of elementary and secondary school budgets the concept applies, Library by Design!

Spaces are deliberately designed to nudge desired outcomes and program.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 21, 2013 10:28 AM

Some interesting concepts of 21 c learning commons.

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Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic

Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

Via Patty Ball, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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TLs need to share this article with admin and present their plan for bridging then eliminating the divide!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:46 PM

Researching tools using Google and some tips.  

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Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - #geniushour, badges, edchat, edreform, elearning, eportfolios, Innovation

Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - #geniushour, badges, edchat, edreform, elearning, eportfolios, Innovation | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Genius Hour is a powerful movement popping up in classrooms across the world. The idea encourages students to explore their own passions and creativity.

Via Carol Sweny, Pam Colburn Harland
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A good start for empowering student driven learning and the Learning Commons is the 'go to' place for expert advice and best resources to help.

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Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, January 2, 2014 3:31 PM

I'm trying to figure out how we can start doing this at Sanborn.

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Who is the tech leader at your school: the school / teacher librarian

Who is the tech leader at your school: the school / teacher librarian | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students. More than 750 school librarians responded to SLJ’s survey, representing K–12 public and private schools across the country.


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Always on the cutting edge!

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, December 11, 2013 8:59 AM

Infographics are so useful!

Deborah Rinio's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:14 PM

In the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, library staff are often the front-line response for technical troubleshooting. Librarians also introduce teachers to new educational technology tools and strategies, help instruct students in those tools, and offer training to help both teachers and student improve their technology skills and know-how. 

Anita Vance's curator insight, January 28, 2014 6:19 PM

That just makes sense - as information is shared through new media, librarians have learned to share it - we have the best job in the world !!!

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Interactive school mural uses apps to reveal information to students - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Interactive school mural uses apps to reveal information to students - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Interactive school mural uses apps to reveal information to students
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
School librarian Amy Kulp reads to first graders in front of the new library mural at Watershed Elementary School Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
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Library transformed to address the interests and needs of the school community. Wow!

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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, December 6, 2013 6:18 AM

This is so cool. I want one. 

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 29, 2013 5:29 PM

This is similar to the Aurasma app.  Look how this school turned a mural into an interactive learning environment.  There are so many possibilites for this kind of thing.

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Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences

Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences (Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences http://t.co/znJytecGfA via @teachthought #edchat #inquiry)...
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Learning Commons should lead the way.....

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Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)? -- THE Journal

Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)? -- THE Journal | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The virtual learning commons could be the secret power that turns your school website into a participatory digital space that serves learning 24/7.
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The essential ingredient to success is engaging your school community in 'participatory' learning just the same as you do in a physical learning commons. A VLC is not a one way street to information like a library website, it is instead a virtual hub of knowledge building,collaboration, play, creativity, experimentation and innovation.

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My School, Your School | iEARN Collaboration Centre

My School, Your School  | iEARN Collaboration Centre | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Students will compare school life in different parts of the world. (My School, Your School | iEARN Collaboration Centre http://t.co/LKVwQwQ2hE)
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The Learning Commons opens up the world to students. This looks like  another global project site worth exploring.

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Pikesville librarian teaches students ins and outs of social media, new technology - ABC2 News

Pikesville librarian teaches students ins and outs of social media, new technology - ABC2 News | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
ABC2 News Pikesville librarian teaches students ins and outs of social media, new technology ABC2 News "It made me go deeper with my knowledge of Google which makes me better as I being a better teacher I can better serve my students, I can better...
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Great example of teacher librarian leadership in preparing learners for their future.

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The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces

The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces.
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Lots of good ideas here when planning for Learning Commons transformations

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A 'Reluctant Reader' Turns YA Author For 'Tough Teens' - WCAI

A 'Reluctant Reader' Turns YA Author For 'Tough Teens' - WCAI | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A 'Reluctant Reader' Turns YA Author For 'Tough Teens'
WCAI
As the librarian introduced me to the school, I studied this kid. Joshua. He was bigger than everyone else. He had neck tattoos and a shaved head.
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Teacher librarians have a unique opportunity to reach out and help toubled kids connect with the world.

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Are School Librarians Part of Your PBL Dream Te...

Are School Librarians Part of Your PBL Dream Te... | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Visit schools where project-based learning (PBL) is taking hold and you are almost certain to see teachers collaborating. (Are School Librarians Part of Your PBL Dream Team?
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You bet TLs are well equiped to help design, guide, teach, assess, celebrate, with you on your PBL Inquiry adventures with students!

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Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog

Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

In the digital age, kids need to have an understanding of what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. They need to learn the technical how-to’s, as well as a more global comprehension of how to navigate the online world. To that end, Melbourne educator Jenny Luca made a commitment to help her students start blogging and to create ePortfolios. Here are six reasons why, at her school, these skills are now a high priority.


Via Glenda Morris
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Transliteracy at its best!

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:21 AM

Jenny Luca outlines some great reasons why students should be blogging

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 23, 2013 9:36 AM

Is your student blogging?  Here are some excellent reasons why they should be, with digital citizenship being one of them!

Joanne Schenkel's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:23 PM

Value of blogging to educate kids about cybersafety and their digital footprints.

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6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Maker movement continues to gain momentum. At this year's White House Science Fair, President Obama invited Super-Awesome Sylvia from Auburn, California to exhibit her water color robot as a repr

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Transform underused seminar rooms and offices into makerspace in the Learning Commons where everyone has access. Makerspace can be virtual too!

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:20 PM

School libraries as potential makerspace