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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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K-12 Scope and Sequence | Lesson plans

Use our new Scope & Sequence tool to find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. These cross-curriculular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight the lessons that address that topic.


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Common Sense Media supply a wealth of ideas to help K-12 teachers design learning with digital citizenship in mind. Check out many other resources on this site.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 26, 2013 10:12 PM

Heaps of lesson plans, materials and resources here ready for immediate classroom use across K-12.

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K-12 Lesson plans, materials and resources ready to go.

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Information literacy - AITSL, Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Information literacy - AITSL, Australian Professional Standards for Teachers | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality.
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Teacher librarians as full teaching partners.

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquir...

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquir... | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
via Mindshift If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institu...
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Teacher librarians can help classrooms move forward with Inquiry Learning.

Collaborate, network, share, partner, model, mentor, coach, encourage, create...celebrate!

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Derek's Blog » MLEs – library space

Derek's Blog » MLEs – library space | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Library Space designed with learning in mind. For more examples scroll down to discover

Amesbury school in New Zealand  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqvPowlFJhI&feature=youtu.be and

'Place' a delightful documentary of innovative use of space with student ownership in mind, also from New Zealand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctYpgTIq55w

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Esther Casey's curator insight, June 3, 2013 4:56 AM

Libraries have the potential to significantly enhance the development of life-long learners through excellent provision of expertise, resources and spaces.  There are some great NZ examples referred to in this post.

pru's curator insight, June 7, 2013 9:06 PM

There are challenges for school libraries in balancing these spaces, particularly collection space. Once the overriding priority, have we gone too far in rationalising physical collection space and thus risked devaluing what is part of a library's unique value? Of course making virtual collections visible in our space is also important.

Sandra Mason's curator insight, June 9, 2013 7:56 PM

A 'now' library!

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Project-Based Learning as a Context for Arts Integration

Project-Based Learning as a Context for Arts Integration | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Project-based learning can provide an intentional and effective opportunity to integrate the arts across disciplines and curriculum. While valuable as a stand-alone discipline, arts education can be
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Make the Arts at home in the Learning Commons.

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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, 2015 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

"Inquiry drives Learning" at The Inquiry Hub | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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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Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning

EdTechTeacher -  In order to help educators integrate technology effectively, we have compiled a list of technology tools focused on learning goals consistent with the Collect-Relate-Create-Donate (CRCD) framework. Unlike other lists that promote “cool tools,” yet leave teachers wondering about purposeful educational integration, our list is driven by specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and community-mindedness.


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The bottom line is identify your learning goal first then consider best strategies to help students achieve and that would include best technologies.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 20, 2013 8:37 PM

What are your learning goals? The question and answer style of this page guides you to a set of tools that will help you achieve your identified learning goal.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 21, 2013 4:40 PM

Tools to match to your learning goals for students.

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Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools - The Digital Shift

Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools - The Digital Shift | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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"Today, Web-based tools enable students to discover more primary sources than ever before and engage them in dynamic ways."

 

A great project for the Virtual Learning Commons.

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How to Foster Collaboration and Team Spirit - MindShift (blog)

How to Foster Collaboration and Team Spirit - MindShift (blog) | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
How to Foster Collaboration and Team Spirit MindShift (blog) And every student needs to be prepared for that environment — partly for employment opportunity, but mainly because the deeply embedded mental model of learning and creating as an...
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The Learning Commons environment prepares all learners for powerful collaborations.

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Best Professional Books of the Year | Teacher Librarian

Best Professional Books of the Year | Teacher Librarian | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Abilock, Debbie, Kristin Fontichiaro, and Violet H. Harada. Editors. Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers. Libraries Unlimited, 2012. 390 p.
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Keep growing......

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