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CyberSmart: Lesson Plans and Student Activity Sheets

A selection of ideas and lesson plans for digital activities with students (some advertising too! Looks useful -CL

Original, nonsequential standards-based lesson plans and student activity sheets to actively engage students in making good search decisions and in evaluating the resources they encounter online.


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Ignoring the Evidence: Another Decade of Decline for School Libraries | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Ignoring the Evidence: Another Decade of Decline for School Libraries | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Excellent article by Dianne Oberg presents research evidence that school libraries do make a difference and highlights the importance placed on mandating school library provision in a number of countries throughout the world.

A must-read for those studying TLship and those school communities or districts without a qualified teacher librarian as part of the school staffing formula.


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12 Reasons To Teach Searching Techniques With Google Advanced Search… Even Before Using The Basic Search

12 Reasons To Teach Searching Techniques With Google Advanced Search… Even Before Using The Basic Search | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

If they are going to 'Google it' anyway - lets look at some best practice.(CL)

 

"I would suggest that educators direct students towards the Google Advanced Search Engine even before using the Google Basic Search. In fact, I would further suggest that an Advanced Search be used until students understand how to use these advanced techniques in a Basic Search. Why? First, I do not see these skills as advanced techniques. I see them as a skill set necessary in finding information in a productive manner. When educators ask students to search and find information on the internet… it is not to just get the answer. It is to learn an important process that will serve them through future schooling and eventual careers."


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Libraries Loaning iPads

Libraries Loaning iPads | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Includes samples of library policies and samples of general apps loanded on iPads

 

"A few weeks ago I sent out an email to MEDLIB-L asking for librarians who are circulating iPads to contact me off list to answer some questions. I was really killing about 3 birds with one stone. Not only did iMedicalApps want me to write a story about libraries loaning iPads, but I wanted to investigate the idea for our library, and I wanted to share the information for others on this blog.

 

A lot of librarians got back to me and I want to thank everyone who responded."


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School Librarians, Step Up! |

Teaming and/or co-teaching with the classroom teacher is more effective to infuse digital literacy and information fluency into curriculum than teaching weekly lessons in isolation. ”

School librarians have to know and ...   quite a lot!  We need to be up there and involved!

 

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The Centered School Library: Thick vs. Thin Questions for Research

The Centered School Library: Thick vs. Thin Questions for Research | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Then they'll go to their small group tables and begin to write their own thick questions. I'll check those questions before they start taking notes to answer them. You are welcome to use this video in your school library, if you'd ...".

CL: The idea of a 'thick' question is interesting - takes the depth to a new level.

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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries have acted as community cornerstones for millennia.  What makes them such lasting institutions, though, isn’t the mere act of preserving books and promoting knowledge. Rather, it’s the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike.

This is the goal we strive for - but with the pressure of student numbers and the push for improved 'Test' scores - some TLs are apparently expendible in Qld. Aust ! Sad!


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Infographic: Information Literacy Issues

Infographic: Information Literacy Issues | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

The need to keep improving the way we get the message across is so essential . . .

"Developing information literacy skills is perhaps the most important issue in 21st Century Learning and yet the struggle to do so is an uphill battle. We asked our friends in the library world what..."


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Full-time School Librarians Linked to Higher Student Reading Scores

Full-time School Librarians Linked to Higher Student Reading Scores | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

"For the time being, what we know from this study and its predecessors is that the research on school librarians and their association with students' test scores is remarkably consistent in its findings: regardless of how rich or poor a community is, students tend to perform better on reading tests where and when, their library programs are in the hands of endorsed librarians," wrote the researchers.   Carey: Why aren't the right people reading these articles?

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TEACH Act Frequently Asked Questions

TEACH Act Frequently Asked Questions | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

General oveview of copyright law as it exists in the USA - well explained and worth the read (Carey)

 

A page of answers to questions about the TEACH Act.


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Study Finds Frequent Text Messaging May Stunt Reading Skills

Study Finds Frequent Text Messaging May Stunt Reading Skills | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Reading the printed word certainly still has value! (CQ2)

"Lee suggests that reading traditional print media exposes people to variety and creativity in language that is not found in the colloquial peer-to-peer text messaging used among youth or 'generation text'. She says reading encourages flexibility in language use and tolerance of different words. It helps readers to develop skills that allow them to generate interpretable readings of new or unusual words."

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Executive Insight: New Initiative Strives to Crack the Code on How to ...

Executive Insight: New Initiative Strives to Crack the Code on How to ... | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

ATC21S is developing methods to assess skills that will form the basis for 21st-century curricula, with an emphasis on communication and collaboration, problem-solving, citizenship, and digital fluency."

 We've been talking about it now for a few years - it's time to make it happen!

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Ebooks and School Libraries | American Libraries Magazine

Ebooks and School Libraries | American Libraries Magazine | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
In their efforts to implement ebooks, school libraries face a set of challenges that differ from those confronting their public and academic counterparts. In addition to the struggle they share with other types of libraries to offer ...
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eReaders & eBooks in the Classroom

eReaders & eBooks in the Classroom | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

by Cristin M. Dillard & Kimberly Dunn

 

Interesting blog on how to maximize use of e-readers and e-books in the classroom. Lots of resources and how-tos. -JL

Dedicated blog site set up for a conference in 2012 with 'digital' policy ideas and information - CL


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Web site directory | K-12 schools

A directory of websites suitable for K-12 schools provided by the International Association of School Librarianship.


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Digital Literacy in the Primary Classroom

Digital Literacy in the Primary Classroom | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

These eight elements cover all the aspects of learning associated with a connected classroom and world.  Great collation of ideas.


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In defense of reading

In defense of reading | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
Looking for leisure reading is a type of information-seeking which requires skills librarians develop. Deciding what you’d like to read, evaluating books you’ve read in the past and what’s available to you, and synthesizing and processing what you’ve read is, essentially, the research process in a nutshell.
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NY Board of Regents Supports School Librarians in All Elementary Schools - School Library Journal

NY Board of Regents Supports School Librarians in All Elementary Schools - School Library Journal | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
NY Board of Regents Supports School Librarians in All Elementary SchoolsSchool Library JournalThe Board of Regents, which oversees all educational activities within the state, accepted a 22-page report outlining recommendations by its advisory council...
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Are Digital Media Labs the Libraries of the Future? - Education - GOOD

Are Digital Media Labs the Libraries of the Future? - Education - GOOD | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

CL: Could this be where we are headed with a significantly 'transmedia' approach to learning and creating in the future.

 

Could a digital media lab in downtown Chicago be the library of the future?


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Information literacy: the work of librarians past and present | Reading, Writing, Research

Information literacy: the work of librarians past and present | Reading, Writing, Research | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
More information is available than most people can imagine. That's nothing new. Librarians have always shown people how to find it, evaluate it, and use it. Finding particular information and knowing how to evaluate its reliability is as difficult as ever.

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Libraries Target Early Literacy for Youngest Learners

Libraries Target Early Literacy for Youngest Learners | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Early literacy skills need to be developed in students long before they reach primary school. This article presents the work of public libraries in supporting  literacy needsin early childhood.

One question: How can teacher librarians in primary schools work more closely with public libraries to support the transitioning from pre-school to primary?  We need to make those connections!


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School Library Monthly - ALA Presidential Task Force: Focus on School Libraries

In the March 2012 issue of the journal 'School Library Monthly' (Vol XXVIII, No 6), Susan D. Ballard (AASL President-Elect and Co-Chair of the ALA School Library Task Force) summarises the current state of school libraries in the United States, and details the focus of the ALA School Library Task Force, which "is charged with "leading a campaign addressing the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, as well as the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement" (ALA 2011). This article outlines the 5 goals of the Task Force and the strategies and tactics devised to achieve each goal. The final section on the 'Tipping Point' details the implications for students and society if school age children do not have access to school libraries and school librarians based on 'what we know' from research regarding school libraries and student achievement. Many of the recommended readings and point made can be utilised by school library profession in other countries to support their own advocacy campaigns.


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10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing

10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

If you are getting into ipads for ebooks - some of these free apps will be very usefull to you (Carey). 

"Despite the growing use of multimedia in classrooms, schools remain primarily text oriented. This is a major problem for significant numbers of learners who struggle with text."

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The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons | The Edublogger

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons | The Edublogger | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Very user-friendly explaination of the ethical use of digital content.  Note the comment (at the end) by Elljah Scott that identifies the omission of the Library in the whole discussion!

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Cool Infographics 2011 Gallery

Cool Infographics 2011 Gallery | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Data visualization and infographic designs featured on the CoolInfographics.com blog in 2011..."  This is the 2011 collection oll on the one page for viewing - thy have various topics - from topics like whales (pictured) to the metadata about the digital world.  I think this visually attractive is becoming a more popular way to get a message accross.  Worth a look! 

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