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The Learning Revolution Conference - 21-25 April 2014

The Learning Revolution Conference - 21-25 April 2014 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce the Learning Revolution Conference, online and free, April 21 - 25, 2014. Our goal is to bring together people who are thinking about learning from our important learning places: the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home learning worlds.

We want to explore and bridge the conversations about learning that are common to these worlds, including: learning theory, learning practice, learning science, learning space design, and technology for learning. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds and we believe that they will increasingly overlap and integrate. We also believe that conversations across these boundaries are critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

 

Sign up here: http://learningrevolution.com/main/authorization/signUp

 

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Looks like a great conference for Information Professionals as well.

The "conference strands include Learning Theory, Learning Practice, Learning Science, Learning Spaces, and Technology & Learning."

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A Glimpse into the Future of Learning - Infographic by Knowledge Works

For KnowledgeWorks’ full forecast on the future of
learning, see Recombinant Education: Regenerating
the Learning Ecosystem (http://www.knowledgeworks.org/future-of-learning

 

"[...]'this infographic tells the big story of changes we believe point the way toward a diverse learning ecosystem in which learning adapts to each child instead of each child trying to adapt to school"


Via juandoming, João Greno Brogueira
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Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | Buffy Hamilton, DMLcentral

Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | Buffy Hamilton, DMLcentral | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In my last post “Literacies and Fallacies,” I introduced Deborah Brandt’s conceptual approach of sponsors of literacy that connects individual literacy development to the economic development of literacy.  I also shared a rationale for why libraries should use this critical interpretive lens and offered an initial list of questions as focal points of inquiry to consider.

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By exploring “who or what underwrites occasions of literacy learning and use” (Brandt, The Sponsors of Literacy 2), librarians are much better positioned to better understand and contextualize these three key issues identified by Brandt (6):

1.  How the access, organization, and privileging of literacy opportunities are impacted by issues related to race, class, and gender.
2.  How literacy sponsors contribute to what Brandt defines as the literacy crisis:  the perceived gap between rising standards for achievement and people’s ability to meet them.
3.  How might sponsors of literacy interpret their ability to provide resources and opportunities that help people transform their uses of literacy that facilitate identity development, agency and social mobility?

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Thoughts on approaches towards literacy and learning and perspectives on narratives being valued in library services!

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Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @LewistonSuper: 25 best educational apps per American Association of School Librarians
http://t.co/Iq3qpRWnKi

 

The apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Books

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Organization & Management

Social Sciences

Content Creation

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Saratoga: Libraries are now so much more than simply a repository of books

By Gayathri Kanth:

Libraries today excel at offering resources and services that facilitate and support the learning process and expand knowledge horizons. Originally a repository of books, the modern library has expanded to include audiovisual materials, exhibit art, present lectures and discussions and offer hands-on activities to enhance the learning process.

This summer, the Saratoga Library has expanded its services by partnering with the Make Magazine to offer a Maker Camp, on Google+, the free virtual summer camp for teens. Teens (and adults) would be able to build some cool projects at home, share what you made on Google+, hang out with some awesome makers and watch the great field trips on Fridays.

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Libraries with makerspaces, as well as maker camps!

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Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries - Slough Borough Council

Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries - Slough Borough Council | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
NEWS: Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries http://t.co/zb1UqFLtaI

 

These exciting new learning packages, known as Universal Class and Transparent Language Courses, provides members of Slough Libraries access to over 350 online courses and 80 foreign language courses free of charge. The courses are available online 24 hours a day, so fit well into busy schedules, whether that’s college, work, childcare, or a combination of the three.

Universal Class offers a fantastic range of topics, from hobbies to technology, business skills to health. As the courses are free, there’s no risk – members can try something they’ve always wanted to, or something they’ve never thought of. Members can register for up to five courses at once, and there’s no commitment on a course if you change your mind.

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17 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in April - iLibrarian

17 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in April - iLibrarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @CILIPinfo: 17 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in April: http://t.co/zzw1NKSv9f (via @OEDB_org)

 

by Ellyssa Kroski

 

Here’s the monthly roundup of great-looking online webinars and free educational opportunities for librarians

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Now Proven! Using Twitter At Conferences Increases Attendee Engagement, by Jeff Hurt

Now Proven! Using Twitter At Conferences Increases Attendee Engagement, by Jeff Hurt | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Twitteracy: Tweeting Improves Learning And Engagement
Education Professor Christine Greenhow, Michigan State University, conducted a study on Twitter as a new form of literacy (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00131725.2012.709032).

 

Her results showed that adults who tweet during a class and as part of the instruction:

are more engaged with the course content
are more engaged with the instructor
are more egaged with other students
and have higher grades than the other students.
“Tweeting can be thought of as a new form of literacy,” Greenhow said. “The students get more engaged because they feel it is connected to something real, that it’s not just learning for the sake of learning. It feels authentic to them.”


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Information Literacy Weblog: The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning

Information Literacy Weblog: The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning http://t.co/EHgdAI95..."

 

Sheila Webber:

The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning was a conference that took place last week in Tampere, Finland, as a pre-conference satellite of the IFLA conference. You can see what the programme was on the website here:

http://iflasatellitetampere2012.wordpress.com/programme/

 

(The photo of Tampere is by tempuu_ on Flickr) 

 

One of the impressive feats was to get the published proceedings produced by the time of the conference, although it is a bit pricey (Euro 99.95):
Gwyer, R., Stubbings, R, and Walton, G. (2012) The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as facilitators of learning. The Hague: De Gruyter. IFLA Publications 157. 
ISBN: 978-3-11-028100-2. The information is here:http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181777

 

More content links here: http://information-literacy.blogspot.fr/2012/08/the-road-to-information-literacy.html

 

 


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Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything

Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything: Digital Access Isn't Everything. 

 

There is a great article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) by Brian Cowan, 'Digital Natives' Aren't Necessarily Digital Learners, which takes on the concept of digital natives as digital learners, and concludes that while technology may deliver information in convenient ways, it will not necessarily motivate individuals to learn.

 

Cowan describes four myths of digital learning:

Myth 1: Digital natives are automatically digital learners.

Myth 2: Students prefer using technology to learn.

Myth 3: Cyberspace is the new classroom.

Myth 4: Today's students are multi­taskers.

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New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Their Own Textbooks - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Their Own Textbooks - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @ocwnews: New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Own Textbooks - more w/ growing libraries of open-source content they can edit http://t.co/6uGYEMHk...
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Lasagna and chips: Twittering = learning?

Lasagna and chips: Twittering = learning? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The role of social media in learning processes

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A New and Effective Way to Teach Archive Management and Preservation - Webinar | PrestoCentre

A New and Effective Way to Teach Archive Management and Preservation - Webinar | PrestoCentre | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The webinar "A new and effective way to teach Archive Management and Preservation" is an online training that explains how to use the Preservation Case Studies for Archives method to assist in the training of audiovisual archivists and other responsible for the care of audiovisual collections.

The Preservation Case Studies for Archives (published by PrestoCentre) are an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. The Case Studies provide the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way."

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Mobiles and informal learning spaces: libraries and museums | Connected Learning

Mobiles and informal learning spaces: libraries and museums | Connected Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How is mobile technology transforming and enriching the experiences of informal learning spaces such as libraries and museums?

 About The Speaker(s)Jeffrey Schnapp - Co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Founder, metaLAB at HarvardBarry Joseph - Associate Director for Digital Learning, American Museum of Natural HistoryAllegra Burnette - Creative Director, Digital Media at The Museum of Modern ArtMatthew Battles - Principal & Associate Director, metaLAB at HarvardNate Hill - Assistant Director, Chattanooga Public Library Video
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Teacher Librarians at the Heart of Student Learning

School library and information technology programs are a vital resource for student learning. This video to highlight the essential role teacher librarians play in information and technology literacy instruction, reading advocacy, and information management. More information available on: http://WLMA.org

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The value of teacher librarians!

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The Adventures of Library Girl: How To Survive The Zombie Librarian Apocalypse Tip #2: Keep Learning!

The Adventures of Library Girl: How To Survive The Zombie Librarian Apocalypse Tip #2: Keep Learning! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Jump start your professional learning AND kill some zombies along the way! #win http://t.co/YTnZ94I0dB #tlchat #edchat #edtech #nced

 

"...here are a few ways to jump start your professional learning :

1. Focus on the LEARNING not on the credit

2. Learn to love the hashtag

3. Join professional organizations

4. Think outside the box

5. Make time for learning

6. Follow your passions

7. Rethink failure

8. Take it from theory to practice

9. Share. Share. Share


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"As Zombie Fighters we can't be afraid to have honest conversations with our colleagues who are stuck.  Like my friend and colleague Jennifer Northrup said in a recent post on her blog, there's no need to be confrontational or to go on the attack.  However, we can't be passive either and hope that Zombie Librarians will simply be inspired by our stellar examples." 

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Great list and motivation to jump-start your own professional development!

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Allerlei bezuinigingen in het bibliotheekwerk kunnen ervoor zorgen dat de informatiewerker zich helemaal terugtrekt in zijn/haar schulp, vergelijkbaar met een zombieachtig leven. De Amerikaanse Zombie Fighters geven een aantal waardevolle tips, oa blijf leren en jezelf vernieuwen.

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) http://t.co/kFaNgVJm5a

 

The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Media Sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage & Organize

Social Networking & Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration

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Fantastic resource, not only for school librarians!

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ANZ 23 Mobile Things - available to sign up now > Australia & New Zealand librarians taking part in mobile 23 things

ANZ 23 Mobile Things - available to sign up now > Australia & New Zealand librarians taking part in mobile 23 things | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A space for Australians and New Zealanders to learn the 23 Mobile Things

 

ALIA NGAC (Australian Library and Information Association New Generation Advisory Committee) and New Professionals Network NZ have teamed up to offer an Australian/New Zealand course based on the 23 Mobile Things course by Jan Holmquist. We are running this course from May-November 2013 and it currently has nearly 300 participants signed up! Come and join us in our learning journey.

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Open for anyone to sign up who wants to add to their professional dsevelopment or learn more about Web 2.0!

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A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric

A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"The choice of which apps to use with your students in the classroom is not an easy one. It ,in fact , calls for a lot of attention from the part of the teacher. You are responsible for your students learning and this responsibility grows riskier when learning becomes digitally based.This is particularly the case when integrating apps into your teaching."
Via Ove Christensen, Dr. Laura Sheneman
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Cristian Cerda's comment, December 8, 2012 5:32 PM
Interesting application, but the content has the same trouble that many of the rubric available on the web: It says nothing:
Ove Christensen's comment, December 9, 2012 3:38 AM
Well I think you should see it as a help for reflection on apps and use of apps. No tools are doing the hard work for you but they help you to remember what to cover.
Jim Lerman's comment, December 9, 2012 2:44 PM
@Cristian...I don't see it the same way. The criteria, in my opinion, do provide a useful framework for judging the efficacy of a web app. The value in the criteria is implicit; if one shares the values inherently stated in the criteria (for example, "authentic practice of targeted skills"), then I think the criteria are indeed helpful. If the values and meaning of the criteria do no speak to you, the reader, then I can see where one could feel they do not say anything. As Ove says, "no tools are doing the hard work for you."
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Creating Communities Through Makerspaces by Buffy Hamilton / Atlanta Mini Maker Faire 2012

Creating Communities Through Libraries and Makerspaces Presented by Buffy J. Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian 


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Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris

Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sharris: "This is a copy of a my guest blog post published this week for the World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE, Qatar - on re-designing spaces for learning..."

http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/stephen-harris-redesigning-spaces-around-collaborative-teaching ;

 

"There is a clear movement occurring in education globally right now – a movement that is seeking to shift the epicentre of educational paradigms from an industrial-era experience to something more relevant to the ever changing and dynamic contexts of the 21st century. In the first decade of this new century, much great work has been done articulating what 21st century skills might be – www.p21.org is a great example of this.

My focus is the key importance of spatial awareness in redesigning spaces for learning. I hope the second decade of this century will be marked by an awareness that redesigning spaces will be as important to change processes, as describing the new skills deemed necessary for learning and career creation in the last decade. I will focus on our journey of change as a case study for education redesign."

 

 

 

 

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ALA | AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

ALA | AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning (What a treasure trove!

 

"The "Top 25" Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based s