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HVLA: The Solo Act

Thoughts on Solo Librarianship in School Libraries, Pt.1. Ok, comrades. I must begin this with a caveat: this first section is about my experience as a solo which, to be fair, has only spanned a little more than 2 years.
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Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it

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A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change

A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Teachers need to receive training on models of change. Teachers should be trained in identifying their own professional development needs based on their classroom performance, areas that they aren’t performing up to par based on their own personal self-assessments as well as feedback from students, colleagues, and supervisors followed by intentional processes to help make positive changes in their work environments.

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, August 13, 4:06 AM
Um possível modelo de desenvolvimento pessoal dos docentes.
GwynethJones's curator insight, August 13, 12:00 PM

Interesting!

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, August 13, 10:21 PM

Readiness to ICT driven learning tools and services is very important, I must add.

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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 3, 3:33 AM
another enough ideas and sharing about this topic :)
Dr. Doris Molero's curator insight, August 7, 9:36 AM
Interesting and useful advice for better teachers.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 11, 10:16 AM
Teachers, in their never ending journey, must commit to continuous professional development. The suggested practices, in this article, can serve as a guide for the dedicated professional to use in their collaborative learning community.
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Open Educational Resources - Babson Survey Research Group

Open Educational Resources - Babson Survey Research Group | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 1, 8:03 AM
Important document revealing the barriers to implementation.
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What Does Amazon Inspire Mean for Education?

What Does Amazon Inspire Mean for Education? | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
A new digital resource platform gives teachers easy access to content and provides Amazon an open door to the education technology marketplace.
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This will be critical as a curation tool for us and the classroom teachers we serve.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 28, 11:11 AM

Let's just face it, Amazon rocks...in general. And now they rock for teachers, too!

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21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers - More Than A Tech

21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers - More Than A Tech | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Looking for the best presentation software for your classroom? Check out our list of 21 top presentation tools for teachers.

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Shares a few interesting new strategies and a comparison chart.
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Ofra Ofri's curator insight, July 11, 11:43 PM
כלים מעניינים, לא רק למורה אלא גם לתלמיד
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 16, 7:00 AM
This is a great update on 21 presentation resources that can be used in your learning and teaching environments.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 19, 3:03 PM
At least read the descriptions and see if any will provide you the tool you are looking for. You will already be familiar with a few tools but a couple of others might interest you.
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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
A group of tech-savvy librarians offer up a list of their favorite education apps this year.

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Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development | #MakerED #MakerSpace 

Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development | #MakerED #MakerSpace  | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Planning educational activities that incorporate social-emotional learning has broad benefits. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.'s recent meta-analysis of 213 rigorous studies of SEL in schools indicates that students receiving quality SEL instruction…

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=social+emotional+skills

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 30, 7:57 PM
Planning educational activities that incorporate social-emotional learning has broad benefits. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.'s recent meta-analysis of 213 rigorous studies of SEL in schools indicates that students receiving quality SEL instruction…

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=social+emotional+skills

 

 

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The Benefits of Open Educational Resources | The Economic Voice

The Benefits of Open Educational Resources | The Economic Voice | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Knowledge is in a state of constant change and expansion. It can be difficult to keep up.

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"Open educational resources have helped provide developing countries with educational support. OER online materials and courses have served as educational resources for teachers in sub-Saharan Africa. This content strengthens teachers' knowledge and helps them impart what they’ve learned to the students...."...

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Öppna läroresurser är framtiden, eller hur?
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What We Know about Creativity :: Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21)

This is the foundational document on Creativity from the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21). P21 originated the concept of the 4 Cs as the fundamental components of education for this century (Creativity, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Communication). "What We Know about Creativity" is a state-of-the-art review of creativity in education, circa 2012. -JL


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LILAC :: Information Literacy Award

LILAC :: Information Literacy Award | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it

Congratulations to all the nominees for this year's Information Literacy Award!

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20 ways to use a tablet in the classroom

20 ways to use a tablet in the classroom | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
From tuning into worldwide radio to experimenting with augmented reality, here are the best ways to use tablets in class for education and entertainment

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Kirsten Kruk's curator insight, April 12, 4:44 PM
There are many different ideas in here that could be used in a health education classroom.
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A New Method and Tool to Create Storyboards

A New Method and Tool to Create Storyboards | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
"Scenes" is a tool and a method that was created to empower business leaders and professionals of all industries to shape their ideas and scenarios in the form of fun illustrative storyboards without the need of refined drawing skills. Learn how you can use it.

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Cool for collaborative story planning and designing.

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Teaching with Graphic Novels 

Teaching with Graphic Novels  | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Modern graphic novels have emerged as effective teaching tools that help improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.

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HCL's curator insight, August 14, 7:07 PM
Graphic novels can provide students with a number of reading benefits because of their unique style and presentation... they can improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.
Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 15, 2:29 AM

"Visual Storytelling Can Build Non-Visual Reading Skills


Although often grouped together, a graphic novel is not the same as a comic book. Unlike the Sunday comic stripes or short serialized superhero stories, graphic novels contain all of the aspects of any school-assigned book: a beginning, a middle, an end, conflict, character development, resolution, and many other literary characteristics. However, graphic novels often use panels and images to also tell the story.

“The most significant difference from a comic is that the graphic novel’s text is both written and visual,” English teacher Cat Turner explained to the National Council of Teachers of English. “Every part of each frame plays a role in the interpretation of the text, and hence, graphic novels actually demand sophisticated readers.”

 

This more diverse and complex style of storytelling may be especially beneficial to students who struggle with large sections of text. The combinations of short lines of text and images throughout may deliver the same information to a student as a lengthy paragraph, but feel more palatable.

 

Due to space limitations in a panel on on the page, graphic novels also showcase efficient writing, mirroring a habit that readers can practice themselves. The unique combination of image and text can also improve comprehension and even vocabulary, as students have more context to derive their clues from. The School Library Journal noted one example of graphic novels in the classroom where an educator gave half the class Hamlet as the traditional text and the rest the graphic novelization. Those who read the graphic novel spent almost one fewer hour reading and scored higher on a comprehension quiz later.

 

Some educators argue that reading through images can be just as important as learning to read through text, particularly with the proliferation of visual media. Graphic novels also provide nontraditional learners an opportunity to get excited about reading and thrive via the mixed medium.

 

“Graphic novels can be a way in for students who are difficult to reach through traditional texts,” educational publisher Scholastic explained. “Even those deemed poor readers willingly and enthusiastically gravitate toward these books. Readers who are not interested in reading or who, despite being capable of reading, prefer gaming or watching media, can be pulled into a story by the visual elements of graphic novels.”

 

When Graphic Novels Are Too Graphic
One of the major criticism over graphic novels is the depiction of violent, graphic, racy, or scandalous images. Some of the most famous graphic novels, such as the Watchmen and Persepolis, feature scenes or stories of serious violence.

 

However, advocates of graphic novels argue that the issue is often not with the content but the presentation. As SLJ noted, the problem may be what researcher Steven Cary calls the “naked buns” effect. This is a paradox where the text of the phrase “naked buns” is not perceived as offensive or indecent while the illustration of the phrase would be. It is the image not the concept that can lead to controversy.

 

In the past, the graphic memoir Fun Home has faced controversy when it was assigned as reading for college students due to its depiction of sex. Fellow autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis has also been protested when assigned to middle school students because of a scene involving torture. Following the “naked buns” argument, this content may only be seen as more offensive than traditional novels because of its illustration of the concepts versus its discussion of them.

However, many books that have been banned or censored throughout history in U.S. are now looked at as literary masterpieces and assigned regularly, such as The Canterbury Tales , The Grapes of Wrath , and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn .

 

 

Ways to Begin Integrating Comics Into Curriculum
Graphic novels can provide students with a number of reading benefits because of their unique style and presentation, but this also makes it more difficult for educators to incorporate these works into their curriculum.

 

Shelley Hong Xu, associate professor in the department of teacher education at California State University, Long Beach, recommended that teachers start slow and learn more about graphic novels in general, according to the NCTE. Xu advocates for educators to spend time reading a graphic novel and noting their own comprehension skills.

 

“I think that every preservice and inservice teacher needs to experience this activity in order to better understand literacy knowledge and skills that students use with reading comics and graphic novels,” Xu said.

 

Teachers should also learn about the genre of graphic novels and what their students are most interested in learning or what their experience with the genre is. There are a number of graphic novels that are directly focused on historic events and may act as teaching tools on their own, but there are many others that would be meritless in the classroom.

 

Teachers who want to incorporate graphic novels into the curriculum should also expect some pushback from parents and administrators, Xu argued. Educators should explain how these texts can help students reach their education goals, improve reading comprehension, and provide other benefits. Students may be less likely to push back about the inclusion of graphic novels in class, but educators should be prepared to coach students on how to read graphic novels and deal with other difficulties that may arise.

 

Although graphic novels are unlikely to cure modern reading issues in the classroom, their unique style of storytelling and more exciting visual medium can help address specific pain points by attracting a wider variety of readers, leading to more consistent recreational reading and creating healthy reading habits."

Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 18, 7:08 PM
An interesting assessment of the effectiveness of using and analyzing graphic novels in the classroom, and of the controversial nature of the material that may also face educators.  However the writer of the article clearly sees the value of using graphic novels as a teaching tool.
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Hello, Hollywood! How to Add a Little Green Screen Magic to Your Videos 

Hello, Hollywood! How to Add a Little Green Screen Magic to Your Videos  | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
View this session's presentation slides here:

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26 Forward-thinking Programs for Back to School

26 Forward-thinking Programs for Back to School | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
From a picture-book presidential election to a course in cleaning up digital footprints, designer garment upcycling, and TOEFL test prep, these initiatives pack a powerful impact.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 2, 10:25 AM

So many great ideas here! We're so lucky to work in a profession that gives us a fresh start every year! I have so many new things I want to share with students and staff.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Vizia - Create Interactive Video Quizzes

Free Technology for Teachers: Vizia - Create Interactive Video Quizzes | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Vizia is a free tool for creating video-based quizzes. On Vizia you an import a video from YouTube or from Wistia and then add questions along the timeline of the video. You can ask multiple choice questions as well as short answer/ open-response questions. Adding a poll question into the video is also a possibility in Vizia. All of the responses to your questions are collected in a spreadsheet that you can download and or open in Google Sheets.

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Looks very handy for having students interact with video.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 28, 11:12 AM

Video quizzes? Yes, Please!

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5 Things Teachers Want from PD

5 Things Teachers Want from PD | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
We rarely accept “sit and get” instruction as ideal for our students. So why is it still the most common form of professional development for teachers across the country?

. . . we found that both teachers and administrators value the same things in professional development—and it’s not sitting

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 14, 9:14 PM

Well worth reading if you are planning any form of professional development.

Gladys Baya's curator insight, July 15, 2:12 PM
Formación docente relevante, interactiva, liderada por alguien que comprenda su experiencia, sostenida en el tiempo y que se apoya en una concepción del docente como profesional.  Así - según Karen Johnson - es la formación que desean los docentes hoy ... y que rara vez reciben! Por mi parte, como docente coincido plenamente. Como formadora docente, ¡tomo nota y me comprometo a trabajar para ello!
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Chalkmotion - Engage with Simple Drawings

Chalkmotion - Engage with Simple Drawings | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
create animated doodle slideshows

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 27, 7:37 PM
This is a cool tool for creating and recording simple drawings for presentations. 
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Tinkering Spaces: How Equity Means More Than Access | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace 

Tinkering Spaces: How Equity Means More Than Access | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace  | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement has helped spur renewed interest in hands-on learning and the value of spaces where children can explore their own ideas, be creative, and tinker. Some schools have made makerspaces and FabLabs a priority, building making activities into the curriculum and encouraging kids through afterschool activities. In large part, this new excitement has come from a predominantly white, male sensibility and conversations about equity and tinkering tend to focus on questions of access to makerspaces and to tools.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 18, 8:12 AM
The Maker Movement has helped spur renewed interest in hands-on learning and the value of spaces where children can explore their own ideas, be creative, and tinker. Some schools have made makerspaces and FabLabs a priority, building making activities into the curriculum and encouraging kids through afterschool activities. In large part, this new excitement has come from a predominantly white, male sensibility and conversations about equity and tinkering tend to focus on questions of access to makerspaces and to tools.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

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Check out the key takeaways & full video recordings of our Meeting on Openness in Research & Education!

Check out the key takeaways & full video recordings of our Meeting on Openness in Research & Education! | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
The 2016 SPARC MORE Conference brought together a diverse array of perspectives to work on every aspect of creating a system that serves scholarship, disseminates knowledge, and feeds the public good.
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52 Weeks of Guided Inquiry | Inquiry based learning that will change how you teach forever

52 Weeks of Guided Inquiry | Inquiry based learning that will change how you teach forever | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
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Important reading to guide our practice!  #guidedinquiry
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 21, 10:52 AM

More great resources recommended by Joyce Valenza.

Lourense Das's curator insight, April 27, 11:08 AM
Guided Inquiry: interesting insights of GI design for school / teacher librarians
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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic)

Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic) | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.

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Josi Sierra's curator insight, March 1, 1:57 AM
¿Como implican al alumnado los profes innovadores? Con 10 estrategias pedagogicas innovadoras ;-)
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How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


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How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


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102 of the Most Inspiring Storytelling Quotes of All Time

102 of the Most Inspiring Storytelling Quotes of All Time | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
February 2, 2016 Stories have been shared in every culture for millions of years – starting with rudimentary drawings by people who lived in caves – as a means of.. read more

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