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Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail?

Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail? | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Walmart Corporate This past week, I worked with a small group of educators on becoming a "Networked Educator", and we had some great conversations about ho...

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Teacher librarians could take a lead in this critical literacy for all students and teachers.Every activity in the Library Learning Commons should model and explore digital citizenship.

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Ephansen's curator insight, June 26, 2013 10:53 AM

Really appreciate the driving lesson analogy.  Food for thought here

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Teacher Librarians Are Key to the Digital Shift | Pivot Points | School Library Journal

Teacher Librarians Are Key to the Digital Shift | Pivot Points | School Library Journal | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Being responsive to curriculum needs and student abilities and learning styles is a natural for TLs no matter what the resource medium. The shift to digital curated texts will need TL expertise.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:55 PM

All the 21 century skills that are all the rage today are many of the teacher librarian skills we have been teaching for years.  Only now there are much more techie tune ups!.

 

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slic 31-2 Profile

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Good luck on your continued Learning Commons journey.

We need to keep sharing and help others start their transitions. Congrats Carol

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Ephansen's curator insight, June 4, 2013 1:24 PM

Congrats to the staff and students at Marlborough Elementary, Calgary, AB.  A great profile of their school library learning commons - videos and websites to chart their transformation process and discussion of staffing for best support.  Hooray!

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Creativity in the Learning Commons | By the Brooks: Anita Brooks Kirkland

Creativity in the Learning Commons | By the Brooks: Anita Brooks Kirkland | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Build creative thinking muscles and mindset; design opportunities for sparking creativity; nurture curiosity and play in the Learning Commons

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Area 3 Learning Commons: Marlborough LC

Area 3 Learning Commons: Marlborough LC | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Thank you for sharing this link @stevewclark, very informative about your Learning Commons http://t.co/NRl0JSIFW3 #literacy #edtech #abed
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Great transitions in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Library Design – Learning Commons TouchPoints

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Learning TouchPoints are an important part of the library – learning commons – physical program. The service desks, collaboration bars and hubs can be developed to include visualization TouchPoints; spaces where ...

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Way cool....

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In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library? | MindShift

In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library? | MindShift | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The main reason most parents go to libraries is to get books for their kids. So what becomes of the magic of being surrounded by books when e-readers become more prevalent?

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All libraries are making shifts and transitions to meet the needs of patrons and learners today. What's different is the rapid fire shifts needed!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:44 PM

Libraries transform, that is what they do!  When innovation happens in a library children and patrons become transfixed:)

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Google+ Hangouts: Cool Conversations and BookTalks Without Borders | The Daring Librarian

Google+ Hangouts: Cool Conversations and BookTalks Without Borders | The Daring Librarian | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Gwyneth Jones shares the beginnings of a great story. Twin Libraries :)

Pass it on......

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Library media specialist creates 'reading community'

Library media specialist creates 'reading community' | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
GRANGER — The TV studio and control room are a flurry of activity just before broadcast. (RT @CrazyQuilts: Meet @thebrainlair Teacher of the Year in Granger IN.
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This TL has really charged up reading at her school. The best literacy investment any school can make is in a strong TL and Library Learning Commons www.togetherforlearning.ca

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How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development > Eye On Education

How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development > Eye On Education | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
In Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their pro...
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Everyone is a learner in the Learning Commons and that includes teacher librarians. Curation is one way to take control of your own professional learning as well as adding value for others when the tools are collaborative.

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Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading: Select quotes from parents and library staff

In addition to the statistics included in our report, we also asked parents and librarians from around the country about their thoughts on various library services for parents and children.

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Lessons here for building a School Library Learning Commons that connects and learns with all members of the school community.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, May 7, 2013 7:14 PM

"It’s kind of like home room for your community." I like that statement. Thank you parent of a 3 year old.

Loretta VU's curator insight, April 25, 2:44 AM

Interesting comments in this article.  What do you think?

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In demand: Define problems, ask questions, investigate solutions!

In demand: Define problems, ask questions, investigate solutions! | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Sweden. Australia. New Zealand. The UK. Germany. Arizona. Wisconsin. Maryland. Lots of people from New Jersey. And me, the only one from Massachusetts. About 70 educators from all over the world ar...

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More thoughts and questions about how Inquiry can change learning for the future.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, May 2, 2013 3:26 AM

Afterthoughts of the Guided Inquiry worshop held in CISSL in Rutgers University at the end of April. A very good post also for them who are new to GI. 

PEB's comment, May 4, 2013 9:22 AM
This says it all...."inquiry has the power to change the way students learn and teachers teach."
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"Inquiry drives Learning" at The Inquiry Hub

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Dave Truss, Vice Principal and Lead Administrator of the Inquiry Hub in Vancouver, shared how inquiry around topics builds communities of learners.


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Great model that could be replicated in the Learning Commons to empower students to own their inquiry.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 30, 2013 6:40 PM

Don't miss this project that was designed by learners at The Inquiry Hub. The back story is that the learners wrote a grant so they could design and built this community garden. Here are some insights into The Inquiry Hub.

 

"The structure of the Inquiry Hub is around topics. In the morning, the teachers and learners start off with a topical workshop. Then the learners work on online courses guided by their teachers. In the afternoon they work on their inquiry project individually and/or collaboratively. Dave shared a topic that took a life of its own: The Green Inquiry Project where Shauna, Sophia, and Hanna wrote and received a wildlife grant as part of their environmental sustainability group."

Vicki Butler's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:58 AM

This is a a wonderful program: check out Kathleen's notes

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Don't miss this project that was designed by learners at The Inquiry Hub. The back story is that the learners wrote a grant so they could design and built this community garden. Here are some insights into The Inquiry Hub.

 

"The structure of the Inquiry Hub is around topics. In the morning, the teachers and learners start off with a topical workshop. Then the learners work on online courses guided by their teachers. In the afternoon they work on their inquiry project individually and/or collaboratively. Dave shared a topic that took a life of its own: The Green Inquiry Project where Shauna, Sophia, and Hanna wrote and received a wildlife grant as part of their environmental sustainability group."

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, May 23, 2013 8:18 AM

I love the name "Inquiry Hub"...such a powerful way to help us all reimagine what a learning community can be if it's not a "school."

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School libraries evolving into 21st century learning spaces ...

By Kathy Yanchus, Review Staff. Dramatic changes are occurring in school libraries across the province as they are transformed into 21st century learning spaces. It may not be conspicuously evident when you walk in, ...

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Congratulations to Phillip Jeffrey for his leadership and to the dedicated teacher librarians who are leading the way to 21st Century Library Learning Commons in their district and the world.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:28 AM

Learning Commons with focus on developing global digital citizens

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain, by Louis Cozolino

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain, by Louis Cozolino | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Learning is a dynamic function that each person experiences in a vastly different way. For instance, one individual may retain knowledge the best by studying a textbook while another may need to link an idea to a physical activity they perform.

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Ephansen's curator insight, June 4, 2013 10:34 AM

Really key for the shift in education from industrialized model to personalization of learning.  Concepts we should all acknowledge for our own learning as well as that of our students.

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What is a Learning Commons? | I.M.C. … is where it's @ !!!

What is a Learning Commons? | I.M.C. … is where it's @ !!! | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
RT @okotoksNow: Foothills School Dist is celebrating the transformation of all libraries to "Learning Commons today. http://t.co/ouvPyKj5Xy #Okotoks
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Wow an entire district!

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How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

How to Lead When You're Not in Charge | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Maximize your ratio of accomplishment over authority.

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Discover the attributes of good leaders and apply to leading the Learning Commons

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Ephansen's curator insight, June 3, 2013 5:36 PM

Learning Commons Leaders are leaders, even if/when they are not "in control".  Love the suggestions in this article for developing leaders and leadership skills.  

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Inquiry Projects. Making My World

Inquiry Projects. Making My World | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Here you will find links to the various projects we will be working on this year!
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Making My World.What a wonderful title for a class blog

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iPadogogy, Portfolios and iSense?

iPadogogy, Portfolios  and iSense? | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Slowly, sluggishly, another academic year draws towards its end. A year of bridges, a year of learning, a year of questioning. A year which leaves me with no e-portfolios to go through. Some may fi...
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A Great Graphic Featuring The 12 Principles of Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Graphic Featuring The 12 Principles of Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Thanks @v_lees for sharing The 12 Principles of Collaboration: http://t.co/Pnnmm3mHOa
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Even though this graphic was intended for the business world educators can apply and adjust many principles for students and teachers.

What would a graphic for the Learning Commons look like?

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Spring Poetry Contest Winners | MSMS Learning Commons

Spring Poetry Contest Winners | MSMS Learning Commons | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Learning Commons would like to thank all of the students who submitted poems into the Spring Poetry Contest. So many students wrote great poems that really capture the excitement and enjoyment that spring has to ...
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Moving along towards a Virtual Learning Commons space availabale to staff, students and parents 24/7.

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How Mind Maps Can Inspire Collaborative Learning - Edudemic

How Mind Maps Can Inspire Collaborative Learning - Edudemic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Some of the most popular tools that are revolutionizing the educational field and not only are the so called “collaborative learning tools”.
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As well as physical spaces to encourage collaboration there are many excellent digital spaces to consider. The Library Learning Commons provides both!

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Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill for Everyone

Preparing students for their future in a rapidly changing world. A video from ISTE, CSTA, and NSF. (What if students practiced computational thinking every day? True inquiry based learning!
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More support to help us consider what skills and opportunities students need now and in the future. Great conversation starter for a professional learning day or a staff meeting!

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So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian?

So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian? | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Most people’s knowledge of librarianship is a mash-up of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Desk Set, some warm and fuzzy memories from an elementary school class visit, Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even fuzzier memories of...

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"The mission of librarians, according to Lankes, is to “improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.” I’d unpack that as saying librarians enable learning, which as any librarian will tell you is common practice. It’s so common, in fact, that we never seemed to notice. Now it’s the story we need to tell."

 

Yes teacher librarians are in the business of learning and learning to learn!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 8, 2013 11:13 AM

Librarians have a multi-dimensional role to play in any organisation.  Literacy and technology are just part of a day's work,  it is all about integrating knowledge and helping patrons learn what works best for them.

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One Librarian's Take on the Learning Commons - The QSLiN Site

One Librarian's Take on the Learning Commons - The QSLiN Site | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Apr 22 2013. One Librarian's Take on the Learning Commons. A learning commons requires more than moving the furniture. It's a new way of thinking about how we use library space and what we do as librarians.
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Wise words from a Quebec librarian http://jacquelinevandyk.ca/ embracing the Learning Commons. Check out the comments to her blog post too.

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