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21st Century Learning/Teaching: Learning Commons Transformation - Ten Steps

21st Century Learning/Teaching: Learning Commons Transformation - Ten Steps | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
RT @cashjim: #Learning #Commons Transformation - Ten Steps http://t.co/MVs92iSTb4 Concise, informative, useful blog post by @TDOttawa. #pee…

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Check out our website too for lots of implementation ideas www.togetherforlearning.ca

 

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learner led learning research

learner led learning research | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
“@DeanneDewar1: Spreading word about student lead learning & classroom collaboration @stephenheppell #educhat”
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I have heard many great success stories from teacher librarians who develop a project based learning experience to invite students to help redesign the library space to better meet their needs. One way to demonstrate the power of student led research!

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Google Forms for Teachers- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Forms for Teachers- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Using Google Forms, you can very easily and without the need for any advanced technology knowledge create all kinds of forms to use with your students from contact forms to quizzes and polls. 


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Easy and efficient tool to gather data or take a 'snapshot' of learning as well as archived for analysis.

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, September 26, 2013 12:31 AM

A great guide for teachers for using Google Forms

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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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The Library Learning Commons should take the lead as the school wide inquiry ecosystem!

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Libraries Add Multimedia Learning to Digital Mission - Education Week News

Libraries Add Multimedia Learning to Digital Mission - Education Week News | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Libraries Add Multimedia Learning to Digital Mission Education Week News They are teaching technology-driven workshops for middle and high school students, providing hands-on activities for young children, and bringing their best practices into...
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Similar innovations need to take place in school libraries. Provide spaces and tools to foster learning literacies and spark creativity.

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The Critical Thinking Consortium - Home

The Critical Thinking Consortium - Home | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Wonderful session of learning with @CynthiaNicolson. Inquiry and Critical Thinking go hand in hand. http://t.co/UWSHxR3BCR
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Critical Thinking goes hand in hand with all work and play in the Learning Commons.

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New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model - Edudemic

New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model - Edudemic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The new Padagogy Wheel features another band focusing on the SAMR Model and on helping teachers (and admins) effectively integrate education technology.
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SAMR model for boosting learning with technology fits so well with learning commons approaches to learning to learn!

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Web Tools to Use with Bloom's Digital Taxonomy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Web Tools to Use with Bloom's Digital Taxonomy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Bloom's Taxonomy is one of the major themes at Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. They have been extensively sharing resources on it and have a separate section where you can access and check all the resources posted so far.


Via Karen Bonanno
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Like the links on the ladder to web tools. Rather than a ladder I prefer the cogs developed by Kathy Schrock http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html. The important thing is to keep kids thinking at all levels!

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Andrea Walker's curator insight, August 22, 2013 11:55 PM

Excellent list to assist integration of different web tools into Bloom's thinking levels

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IFLA Trend Report

IFLA Trend Report | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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The Learning Commons is designed to be responsive to shifts and trends. Need to study this document.

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Encouraging Play with a Digital Sandbox :

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Play is one of the most effective ways we learn. Let’s imagine children playing in a sandbox. What happens? They are surrounded by various tools. A child will choose a tool to experiment with like a pail. The child might use that pail to hold sand, turn the pail upside down to shape mounds for a castle, or wear the pail as a helmet. We can take the idea of a sandbox to encourage play, experimentation, and creativity with some of our favorite web tools by creating a “digital sandbox.”

 

Great ideas here for creating places for students to play and experiment with digital tools on your virtual learning commons.

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Turning A Library Into A Maker Space

Turning A Library Into A Maker Space | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
If you think libraries are just about checking out books youre in the wrong century. A new feature of one Connecticut library is a place where people...

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Another way to foster creativity and innovation. 3D printers may not be the answer for most school libraries just yet but there are many other options that will appeal to 'hands on' learners.

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From Chalkboards to Tablets

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As the digital learner has emerged over the past ten years, we have noticed a significant shift in the student perspective on using technology for learning.  To bring new insights and context to this digital learning metamorphosis, “From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Emergence of the K-12 Digital Learner” examines the current views of students from Kindergarten through 12th grade with a special look at digital learners in third, sixth, ninth and twelfth grades.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 29, 2013 1:21 AM

With Smartphone use by our students on the rise and tablet access on the increase, this is a must read.

Lourense Das's curator insight, July 29, 2013 12:35 PM

From Chalkboards to tablets: the emergence of the K12 digital learner - report (free download) from Tomorrow.org

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What the Future of Learning Might Look Like

What the Future of Learning Might Look Like | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Education and learning could look radically different in the next few years.
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Consequently physical and virtual Library Learning Commons will morph to support shifts of learning.

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School Librarians Must Be Assertive Leaders, Technology Experts | SLJ Summit 2013

School Librarians Must Be Assertive Leaders, Technology Experts | SLJ Summit 2013 | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
School librarians must be assertive leaders and technology experts, Joel Castro, associate superintendent for the Lubbock, Texas, School District, told attendees at SLJ's annual Leadership Summit in Austin in September.

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Technology can help make the work of the library transparent. Admin can even take an active role in the Virtual Learning Commons.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:26 AM

This applies equally in the UK as in the US

Lourense Das's curator insight, October 18, 2013 2:19 PM

School librarians as assertive leaders. Nice invitation to work on our competencies ;-)

Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, October 18, 2013 3:50 PM

He was an awesome speaker AND his wife is a librarian! He knows what he is talking about.

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30 Ideas To Promote Creativity In Learning

30 Ideas To Promote Creativity In Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

A 2003 TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing the subject of creativity reached over 5 million viewers.  It discusses how our current school systems suppress creativity.   He proposes that our current model leaves little room for divergent thinking. 

 

Here are some ways then as educators that we foster creativity.


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Creativity in teaching and learning is a natural in the information and technology rich environments of the Learning Commons. Add these strategies to collaborative design of learning experiences.

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7 Ways My Classroom is Better Because I Connect

7 Ways My Classroom is Better Because I Connect | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Being connected is not easy....on Twitter building relationships and co-moderating and participating in education chats. Constantly reading (and writing!) blogs; all this in the pursuit of being a better teacher. Although the time it takes to develop a network is substantial, the benefits of connection far outweigh the efforts.


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Beautiful! Connected educators translate into connected learners :)

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 24, 2013 4:10 PM

I'm sure many of us can agree & identify with the 7 ways of being better because we took the time to be connected.

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.


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Great questions to ask your students:

What experiences in school really engaged you?How do you use technology in school as opposed to outside of school?What are your pet peeves?
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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

Nuno Ricardo Oliveira's curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:53 AM

The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media

E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Via The Digital Rocking Chair, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Books of all kinds are often best when shared and enriched by discussions with others. Social media will make that experience available to everyone. There is great potential here for improved literacy on a global scale.

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Dorothea Martin's curator insight, September 3, 2013 3:10 AM

Readmill, the social reading experience and book marketing on a whole new level:

“We thought that there was a huge potential in taking what Goodreads had done on social on the web for books, but doing that for a mobile integrated reading experience,” says Berggren. “So instead of having to read your book and then think, ‘Okay, now I have to go to Goodreads, find it there, add it to my profile, and write my review,’ we just wanted to let you share and review from inside of the book.”

“Authors and publishers get access to a dashboard where they can see the engagement matrix of a specific book and see how many people that start reading the book actually finish it, how long it takes, if they recommended it to friends, and how much they shared throughout that experience,” explains Berggren.

According to Berggren, modern publishers miss a lot of marketing opportunities for their authors because they don’t know where or when to target their marketing efforts. "

 

gillkelley's curator insight, September 4, 2013 6:43 AM

An interesting perspective on the future of social media marketing.

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10 Golden Rules To Take Your Library’s Twitter Account to the Next Level

10 Golden Rules To Take Your Library’s Twitter Account to the Next Level | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Hope every school library has a Twitter account. The advice in this article is golden for everyone.

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nilocram's curator insight, August 28, 2013 5:21 AM

10 regole per migliorare l'uso di Twitter in biblioteca

Natalie Sing's curator insight, May 1, 2014 12:24 PM

Great advice for our Learning Commons!

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Focus on Collaboration to Kick Off New School Year

Focus on Collaboration to Kick Off New School Year | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The following is an excerpt from PBL for 21st Century Success: Teaching Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity, published this summer by the Buck Institute for Education. Pr
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Practical reminders of approaches and strategies for build collaborative cultures. Start in the learning commons and spread school wide!

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Why the Maker Movement matters to educators | SmartBlogs

Why the Maker Movement matters to educators | SmartBlogs | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement is a technological and creative revolution underway around the world.
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Perfect match for a Learning Commons ...Learning to Learn !!!

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How To Tackle Digital Citizenship During The First 5 Days Of School - Edudemic

How To Tackle Digital Citizenship During The First 5 Days Of School - Edudemic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Digital citizenship is not a one time discussion. It is an ongoing process that needs to be taught to all grade levels and to all stakeholders.

Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Just imagine if every teacher did this!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 20, 2013 10:14 PM

Love this as a teaching strategy- breaks concepts into sizable chunks!

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Start with Why: The power of student-driven learning

Start with Why: The power of student-driven learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Why do we have so many students who are frustrated and bored, just waiting to be challenged?
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The learning commons empowers both teachers and students to engage in learning with passion.

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School Libraries and The Digital Backpack | LibGuide for digital citizenship

School librarians are uniquely positioned to collaborate with teachers to infuse technology to support learning, assessment and curriculum within a collaborative learning environment. Teacher-librarians are connected to current research and can assist with best-practice in effective technology implementation.


Via Karen Bonanno
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Lots more valuable resources and tips on the Leading and Learning site plus  a direct link to the Digital Backpack http://www.flipsnack.com/5778E5F569B/fzji6pp1

 

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, August 14, 2013 4:03 PM

The LibGuide links the resources to the ISTE standards and will be most useful for the development of a global digital citizenship approach.

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, August 18, 2013 7:06 AM

No mundo digital, é preciosa a diferença que faz a biblioteca escolar atualizada, com profissionais qualificados, e uma cultura de colaboração para a aprendizagem.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 10, 2013 9:49 AM

Resources for implementing digital citizenship in your school.

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A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Digital citizenship is a growing literacy and teacher librarians are happy to help!

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