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Kid Lit Authors Ask White House to Ease Standardized Testing Mandates

Kid Lit Authors Ask White House to Ease Standardized Testing Mandates | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
More than 100 children’s book authors and illustrators have sent a letter to the White House to ask President Obama to ease the country’s mandates for “excessive” standardized testing in our nation’s schools.
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ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report | News & Press Center

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.
Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.

 

The full text of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report is available at http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 14, 3:25 AM

The importance of libraries highlighted for the community, but the challenges for school libraries are rife!

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The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries

The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
If you've been following our blog, you saw this coming: we love libraries.  Remembering our libraries from early school days,  no one spoke above a whisper, the Dewey Decimal System ruled from litt...
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17000 Penguin ebooks available to US school libraries via OverDrive

17000 Penguin ebooks available to US school libraries via OverDrive | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND—March 28, 2014—OverDrive announced today that more than 17,000 Penguin Group (USA) eBooks are now available for school digital libraries in the United States. Educators now have access to Penguin ...
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Swiss Army Knives: Teacher Librarians | Building a Culture of ...

Swiss Army Knives: Teacher Librarians | Building a Culture of ... | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Think about the utilitarian roles of the teacher librarian-think Swiss army knife. That's how one teacher describes the impact of the teacher librarian in schools. In a recent blog post on Edutopia, Josh Work, a middle school ...
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Open Access Maps at NYPL

Open Access Maps at NYPL | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.*

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Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories? | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory v5, Organisation Kolb, Psychology Vygotsky, Psychology Bloom, Piaget genetic epistemology, Psychology Skinner, Montessori constructivism, Dewey constructivism, radical constructivism Knowledge as mental representation: 1a. Knowledge is not passively received either through the senses or by way of communication; 1b. Knowledge is actively built up by the cognising subject; 2a. The function of cognition is adaptive, in the biological sense of the term, tending towards fit or viability; 2b Cognition serves the subject’s organization of the experiential world, not the discovery of an objective ontological reality., social constructivism connectivism, Taylor Organisation, Holt homeschooling, unschooling, constructivism radical constructivism, Kolb experiental learning, Montessori Montessori education, Social anthropology Lave & Wenger, Vygotsky zone of proximal development, Lave & Wenger situated learning, Education Illich, scientific pedagogy Education based on science that modified and improved the individual., communities of practice Groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

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Great overview, visually organized.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 1, 4:37 AM
Learning theories
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Learning theories

JulieLaRoche's curator insight, April 12, 8:00 AM

I love infographics like this that depict the 10,000 foot view to show the overall subject, the various theories or parts, and how the pieces fit together and influence one another.

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9 Wonderful TED Talks on Re-imagining Schools

9 Wonderful TED Talks on Re-imagining Schools | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
March 18, 2014
Is our education system broken? Answers to this question differ depending on the perspective from which each one of us looks at it and also in terms of what we mean by broken. This...
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2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Shortlist Announced

2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Shortlist Announced | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) revealed the shortlist for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The list includes six authors and six illustrators chosen from among 58 candidates.
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School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff.

School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff. | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it

School library marketing has to begin and end with impact.  It has to be about what we do for our kids, our teachers, our communities and why it's important.  It has to be about outcomes and the message that "we're all in this together" or, put another way, that we care just as much about student success as any other teacher in the building.


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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, March 18, 4:10 AM

"Before we can even begin to think about how we're going to market our work and its impact on student learning, we have to create work that impacts student learning! "

Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, March 18, 11:56 AM

If you want to be considered an awesome school librarian, you have to think of the kid' needs. 

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, March 18, 5:15 PM

Includes a template for planning the marketing of your school library

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K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
In working on a long piece about how youth services librarians are using Pinterest, I discovered the work of K.C. Boyd, who leverages social media to promote the image of her school, to build community, and to archive her students’ work.
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My E-Shelf | The New School Libraries and Archives

The e-Shelf allows you to keep track of library books, articles and other materials that you use for research.
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Storytelling Essentials: 15 Lessons From 2013's INBOUND Bold Talks

Storytelling Essentials: 15 Lessons From 2013's INBOUND Bold Talks | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
See 15 lessons on business storytelling derived from 35 INBOUND Bold Talks from the 2013 INBOUND conference.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 6, 5:16 AM

Great lessons here

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How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our Kids - TakePart - Librarian Chat

TakePart How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our KidsTakePart”Eliminating school library positions and reducing funding for school library materials is not only short-sighted but will have a negative impact on the...
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Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries

Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's!" of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discove...

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Via Barb Stripling: "At this moment we are facing a serious threat to school libraries, and thus to the entire library ecosystem."

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, Today, 1:20 PM

All types of libraries -- school, public, and academic -- form a library ecosystem that provides and supports lifelong learning. Funding cuts to school libraries have an impact on public and academic libraries as students lack essential information literacy skills. Public and academic libraries have to adjust their core services to accommodate the need.

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, Today, 2:03 PM

All types of libraries -- school, public, and academic -- form a library ecosystem that provides and supports lifelong learning. Funding cuts to school libraries have an impact on public and academic libraries as students lack essential information literacy skills. Public and academic libraries have to adjust their core services to accommodate the need" (Karen Bonanno)

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Why we need to be saving all libraries

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Wisconsin school libraries receive $30 million - ISTE Connects Blog

Wisconsin school libraries receive $30 million - ISTE Connects Blog | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) presented the Wisconsin Department of Instruction with a check for $30200000 for school libraries.
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Iowa School Libraries Promotion: Teachers and T...

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Iowa Association of School Librarians present the vision of school libraries in Iowa, the roles of the Teacher Librarian, and ways Teachers and Teacher Libra...
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The place to toot the worth of libraries is NOT in library mags - Home ...

The place to toot the worth of libraries is NOT in library mags - Home ... | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
About why the school doesn't value teacher librarians. About why reading for pleasure is not valued. About why school Principals cannot get the fact that school libraries are so important. It is very depressing.
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Evolution of Storytelling

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Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose), Mervi Rauhala, Hans Heesterbeek, The Digital Rocking Chair
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Interesting big picture view incorporating social media.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, April 5, 5:11 AM

Good story told on this infographic. For those leaders who know that nothing beats telling a good story :)

Marta Torán's curator insight, April 6, 2:56 AM

Genial!

Clare Treloar's curator insight, April 10, 3:04 PM

Another interesting infographic

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Advances in Citation Management Technologies: How Do They Shape Inquiry and Literacies?

Advances in Citation Management Technologies:  How Do They Shape Inquiry and Literacies? | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Two years ago, I adopted EasyBib as my primary citation subscription service for a multitude of reasons, but the driving factor was to spend less time on the mechanics of citation and more time hel...
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Buffy asks how "less emphasis on the mechanics of citation change people’s perceptions and connotations of “research”?" and "How do these technologies and access or lack of access to them function as sponsors of literacy?"

 

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 5:23 AM

I have subscribed to EasyBib for several years and LOVE that the Gale Databases now make it one click to export the citation info. to EasyBib. Way more students use the databases because of it.

 

 

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8 Excellent Tools for Formative Assessment to Try With Your Students

8 Excellent Tools for Formative Assessment to Try With Your Students | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
March 18, 2014
As I argued in an previous post here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, formative assessment is assessment for learning which is different from summative assessment that is...
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Stellar Nonfiction for Young Readers│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Stellar Nonfiction for Young Readers│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
Pair gorgeous artwork with beautiful, informative writing and you have the makings of a book worthy of a starred review.
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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 4:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 6:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 11:57 AM

Important 21st century skills

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Sociology's Long, Coven '13 Present Teacher Evaluation Research - Wesleyan Connection (blog)

Sociology's Long, Coven '13 Present Teacher Evaluation Research - Wesleyan Connection (blog) | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
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Sociology's Long, Coven '13 Present Teacher Evaluation Research
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Coven did note some drawbacks to the CEA's model of teacher evaluations, and provided suggestions for improvement in her report.
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Van Meter Library Voice: A Library Journal "Movers & Shakers" Kind ...

Van Meter Library Voice: A Library Journal "Movers & Shakers" Kind ... | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
I loved finding Ciro Scardina, teacher librarian at P.S. 18 on New York's Staten Island, and reading about the impact he was having within his school community. At the annual ALA conference in Las Vegas this summer we will ...
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Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, April 2, 3:37 PM

School librarian blogger

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Graphic Organizers for Writing

Graphic Organizers for Writing | SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians | Scoop.it
A selection of graphic organizers for writing. The organizers are in PDF format, ready to print and use.

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Cynthia Jones's curator insight, March 3, 4:21 PM

Lots of ideas to start from, for both teachers and students.

Lou Salza's curator insight, March 6, 12:44 PM

Awesome site! robust tools! These graphic outlines provide  practice in two important skills for students with language or organizational challenges. First the organizers provide an external structured process and product for students with a need to break complex composition and communication tasks down into smaller steps. Second--as students use these outlines, they become 'internalized' --a cognitive tool equipping them with a ready made schema that increases comprehension of what they hear and read. --Lou

Judith Morais's curator insight, April 7, 4:23 AM

A range of prompts, templates etc to encourage and develop writing skills.