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12 Skills That Will Help You Thrive in 2013 - Forbes

12 Skills That Will Help You Thrive in 2013 - Forbes | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The year ahead will bring continued uncertainty in the economy, continued shifts and displacements in the job market, and continued angst about where it's all going. But there are skills that are in great demand over the coming year.

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Teacher librarians can lead the way in the learning commons.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 3, 2013 11:39 AM

Some excellent ideas to apply to educational principles, for the new year.

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How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”? | 21 century Learning Commons

How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”? | 21 century Learning Commons | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Flickr:Saxtourigr In preparing students for the world outside school, what skills are important to learn?
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How Canadians Are Integrating Technology Into The Classroom - Edudemic

How Canadians Are Integrating Technology Into The Classroom - Edudemic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Ever wonder how a particular country uses technology in the classroom? There’s a new infographic that spells out exactly what classrooms in Canada are up to." http://edudemic.com/2012/10/we-inspire-futures/


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Paul's curator insight, December 23, 2012 11:45 AM

interesting, one in ten students have sent out an academic tweet - we relied on this for the OCSB Peace Conference - the students did very well!

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, December 24, 2012 4:22 AM

Mobile devices, web tools and 'always connected' are definitely big items to be considered in the education / classroom / library mix.

 

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Innovation in Education Through Failing

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At the recent New York Maker Fair, Seth Godin referred to the value of ‘learning by doing things wrong’…which after all is the way that most of us learn, most of the time? Not just in an academic sense but even more so in physical sports or crafts, cooking or trades we are continually learning by doing things wrong, because…we take risks; we try something out to see if it works; to see if we can do it well…yet how often do we see that practice encouraged within our schools?


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Project-Based Learning Research Review

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Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits....and it is a perfect fit with the Learning Commons approach!

 

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

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“Projects” can represent a range of tasks that can be done at home or in the classroom, by parents or groups of students, quickly or over time.

While project-based learning (PBL) also features projects, in PBL the focus is more on the process of learning and learner-peer-content interaction that the end-product itself.

The learning process is also personalized in a progressive PBL environment by students asking important questions, and making changes to products and ideas based on individual and collective response to those questions. In PBL, the projects only serve as an infrastructure to allow users to play, experiment, use simulations, address authentic issues, and work with relevant peers and community members in pursuit of knowledge.


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nicole esterow's curator insight, October 21, 2013 2:31 PM

Projects are a range of different tasks that can be completed either at home or in the classroom by partners or groups of students usually over a period of time. Project based learning includes projects but is more focused on the the process of learning and working with peers than the content of the project. The article presents a table that describes all the differences and how project based learning can be beneficial. 

 

I think that learning through doing is an important thing for students. But projects are not always the answer. Many time group projects end up being one person doing the work and everyone's name being attached to it. It's important to create projects that create a projec-based learning envrionment. I think that having project-based learning in a classroom is great. I also hope that most teachers understand the difference and try to assign more projectbased learning activities. 

JennaMRyan's curator insight, December 11, 2013 1:02 PM

This article describes the difference between projects and project-based learning.  Though some aspects of the two types of classroom learning are similar, project based learning generally takes projects to the next level.  PBL is a student centered approach to instruction and as such, asking students important questions and making changes to products and ideas created the philosophy behind PBL.  This resource includes an extensive chart that compares projects with PBL.  Here are three I'd like to highlight:

1. Projects can be done at home with out teacher guidance or team collaboration, where as PBL requires teacher guidance and team collaboration.

2. Projects do not give students many opportunities to make choices at any point in the project, while PBL requires the students to make most of the choices during the project with pre-approved guidelines.

3. Projects are generally turned and are all the same while PBL opportunities are presented to a public audience encompassing people from outside the classroom and they are different.

 

My reaction to this article surprised even me.  I was interested to learn about the differences between PBL and Projects.  Before curating the various articles for PBL and reading about it, I assumed that PBL basically meant the kids do projects to learn in the classroom.  After reading this article, I see that by thinking this way I was overlooking some significant aspects and benefits of PBL.  PBL takes doing projects to the next level because the projects are relevant to the kids' lives and they are child-centered.  Because PBL allows children to choose their topic and where their project is going with teacher approval, they experience ownership and they can get passionate about their work rather than doing projects.  I did a project in high school that was the same assignment for everyone and I had to work with what the teacher gave us for the problem.  I feel like I would have been so much more enthusiastic and engaged in the assignment if I was allowed to choose a topic that interested me and I could take it in a new direction.  I hope by using PBL principles in my classroom and allowing an open-ended aspect in each project the children work on, they will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when they are finished.

 

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Participatory Culture

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 The School Library Learning Commons is a participatory learning environment.

 

"Participatory culture shifts the focus of literacy from one of individual expression to community involvement. The new literacies almost all involve social skills developed through collaboration and networking. These skills build on the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis skills taught in the classroom". Henry Jenkins

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35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic

35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Bloom's Taxonomy and digital tools creates an innovative learning environment where students are engaged in their assignments......now weave this idea into the inquiry process and you will have a super learning experience!

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment...The Learning Commons radiates these characteristics throughout the school community!

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School Library Research (SLR) | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Library Research (SLR) | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
RT @aasl: What effect does prof dev have on teacher & librarian collaboration? Read the latest at School Library Research (SLR)!
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Paul Tough’s to discuss new book How Children Succeed

Paul Tough’s to discuss new book How Children Succeed | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Building grit, curiosity and character as well as positive mindset about learning to learn is critical to the work of the Learning Commons.

Paul Tough is a graduate of the University of Toronto Schools and has written a new book probing why some children succeed while others do not.

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5 Online Libraries Teachers should Know about

5 Online Libraries Teachers should Know about | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Angela Wilkins's curator insight, March 17, 2013 9:21 AM

Knowledge Building

Marci Milius's curator insight, June 21, 2013 10:07 AM

Great list of sites for anyone in education.

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Together for Learning Website Ready for Prime Time | By the Brooks: Anita Brooks Kirkland

Together for Learning Website Ready for Prime Time | By the Brooks: Anita Brooks Kirkland | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Lauraleen Reoch's curator insight, May 3, 2013 1:00 PM

Great resource - thanks to all of the hard work of Anita!!

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A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud -- THE Journal

A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud -- THE Journal | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Today’s librarians have to know things like responsible use policies and how to guide students in the effective use of the internet for research.

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Home | digitalliteracy.gov

Home | digitalliteracy.gov | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Digital Literacy is nurtured in the Learning Commons. Everyone helps to be the best at applying technologies to learn and grow and be productive digital citizens.

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The “Why” Behind A School’s Learning Commons | Learning the Now

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MUST READ: The “Why” Behind A School’s Learning Commons by @gmbondi #bced #cpchat #sd78 http://t.co/0yfT1EX2
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Arlene Bonsma's curator insight, December 20, 2012 12:58 PM

A thought provoking article on the Learning commons.

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Digital Citizenship | Andrew Churches

Digital Citizenship | Andrew Churches | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Global Digital Citizenship is a critical element of any teaching program at any level. Our students are connected. Irrespective of the age of the student, they are wired. We are seeing devices reducing in cost, increasing in availability, and entering most classrooms and almost every school. 

 

But how do we teach Global Digital Citizenship, a fluency that is critical at all levels of education?


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Web tools to support inquiry-based learning | Eduwebinar

Web tools to support inquiry-based learning | Eduwebinar | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Inquiry based learning is an active learning process, based on identifying relevant questions to research so that the student can develop knowledge about or create solutions to issues and problems.

Web tools allow students to engage in collaborative and interactive learning. All phases of inquiry learning can be adequately addressed through a wide variety of web-based tools and applications.


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Karen Bonanno's comment, December 12, 2012 3:20 PM
This page hosts a list of web tools that can be embedded in classroom programs to help students work through the phases of inquiry based learning. The tools can also be used by the teachers to provide an information rich environment for student access.
Carey Leahy's curator insight, January 21, 2013 5:04 PM

Adding 'connectivity' into the learning!

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A list of web tools which can be used during each stage of Kuhlthau's Guided Inquiry model. There is a brief explanation of each tool and a direct link. This resource offers fantastic support for teacher librarian's in their role as integrators of information communication technology tools into inquiry learning. 

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An introduction to digital citizenship for year 8s – in 20 minutes

An introduction to digital citizenship for year 8s – in 20 minutes | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Our new Year 9s (still 8s) arrived today for their orientation. Thanks, Nick, for inviting me to do a few sessions as an introduction to their ipads. I’ve shared the slideshow and hope it wil...

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Hands on the future – spotting Web 3.0.

Today we are surrounded by interfaces for discovery.  What do we want from technology? How can we create better experiences?  Our new networked society is going to fundamentally change the way we innovate, collaborate, produce, govern and sustain.


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Going Retro: Reading Apps for Real Books

Going Retro: Reading Apps for Real Books | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

YouTube clips. Texting. Twitter. Facebook status updates.

The prevalence of short-attention-span media — easily scanned or consumed — has led to much hand-wringing over how students will develop that lifelong love of reading perceived to be so critical to lifelong learning.

One answer (in addition to “it’s not as bad as you think,” as a recent Pew Research Center study might be summarized) may be in adapting the function to the form. Which is to say to put real, and sometimes classic, children’s books on the latest digital devices via apps and the web.  Mindshift article on reading Apps.


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S.O.S. for Information Literacy

S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic web-based multimedia resource that includes peer-reviewed lesson plans, handouts, presentations, videos and other resources to enhance the teaching of information literacy (K-16).

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Area 3 Learning Commons: The Virtual Learning Commons

Area 3 Learning Commons: The Virtual Learning Commons | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

The Virtual Learning Commons ensures that the school library is open for learning and collaborating 24/7

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Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project

So important to add value to the content being collected in curation projects.

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The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift

The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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