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Action Book Club

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From the Little Free Library website: 

 

We believe that books can inspire you to make the world a better place—starting in your own neighborhood!

 

In a new twist on the traditional book club, Little Free Library’s Action Book Club™ invites participants to read books on timely topics, engage in lively discussions, and take part in meaningful—and fun—group service projects to benefit their communities. This is reading and social engagement at its best.

 

When Action Book Club members share their experiences online, they help start a ripple effect of positive activity across the country and around the world.

 

The Action Book Club’s current theme is Many Voices, which celebrates diversity, our differences, and the similarities that connect us all.


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 12, 2017 9:55 PM

We haven't started our book clubs, mainly because: 1) orientation for 1920 students and 2) book fair. Now that we're almost past the most hectic time in the library, we're turning toward our activities. We usually participate in Students Rebuild, but when I found this, via a retired teacher-friend, I thought we'd explore it. 

 

I've created a list of some of the books we have in multiple copies, as well as some titles suggested by the Action Book Club folks. I'd love to see school librarians take this and run with it. When I first read the FAQs, there was NO MENTION of school libraries. I tweeted about it, and 15 minutes later got a very nice reply that they agreed school libraries are important. They also changed the FAQs to reflect that! (If I blogged, I'd have to be The Mouthy Librarian!)

 

So, anyone want to join us on this venture? Even a small book club could do some amazing things! And what if we had our students connect via Hangout, Skype, social media to expand the discussion? Talk about hitting ALL the new AASL standards! Let's do this!

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How Do Your Students Share Their Knowledge with Others? via Shelly Terrell - Students as Teachers


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Everything You Wanted To Know About Formative Assessment But Were Afraid To Ask via @web20classroom

Everything You Wanted To Know About Formative Assessment But Were Afraid To Ask via @web20classroom | school libraries | Scoop.it
Recently Shaelynn Farnsworth and I had a great and engaging discussion on the topic of Formative Assessment for ACER Education. Check ou

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200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More

Get free K-12 video lessons; mobile apps; audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and web resources for kids!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 8, 2017 3:33 PM
If you ignore everything else, go to this site to fill your tool box with a plethora of OER covering everyting from Audiobooks/eBooks to General Reference resources - with a whole lot of good stuff in between. I believe that librarians need to set themselves up as the curators of digital resources in their schools. We have the training to evaluate these things for accuracy, currency, authority, and relevance to our school's curriculum. Better yet, team up with the subject area chairs at your school and do a collaborative team approach to curating OER for your students. It's a win-win, IMHO.
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The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool

The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool | school libraries | Scoop.it
What Kind Of World Are We Preparing Students For? The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 2, 2017 2:20 PM
In my humble opinion, this is a must-read for librarians, instructional technology teachers, and anyone else heavily invested in edtech. This is my take-away from this article: "Students need to be prepared for the real word–the one that they live in each day and will build lives and careers in. The digital world has become a part of the real world, but has not replaced it. The future isn’t digital, it’s real and tangible and all around us, and digital technology is only a part of that whole. Students need to be prepared to make good choices and have built the skills that they need to succeed outside of computer-generated content."
Well said, indeed.
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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher | school libraries | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 3, 2017 3:00 AM
When I scrolled through the author's list of these 15 characteristics I kept thinking that they perfectly described the characteristics of a professionally trained librarian. They can be nicely connected to Future Ready, AASL, and ISTE standards, too. This list isn't new to us in Library Land but I think it's worth reading and sharing with your teachers. I think librarians are leaders in this regard so we can be the models and mentors for teachers who are ready to bridge up. 
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NAIS - The Tangible Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom

NAIS - The Tangible Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom | school libraries | Scoop.it
“It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn What would happen if we spent the first five minutes of class not explaining, reading, taking notes, or discussing? What if we just sat there—in silence?

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 2, 2017 2:34 AM
This article talks about what is, on its surface, a very simple routine for starting your class; however, if you read the entire piece you'll see how just 5 minutes given over to silence and "falling awake" can become a meaningful ritual for students. I know teachers feel the pressure of time - the pressure of covering so many things in such a short period of time - but it seems like five minutes is manageable even with those pressures. How would this idea translate into a library program?
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A Quick Tip on Google Docs Formatting

A Quick Tip on Google Docs Formatting | school libraries | Scoop.it
“ This afternoon I was working on a document in Google Docs that included a list. I did want to use numbers for my list, but I didn't want to use the formatting that Google Documents was trying to force on me.”
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15 Great Timeline Creation Web Tools and iPad Apps for Teachers and Students

15 Great Timeline Creation Web Tools and iPad Apps for Teachers and Students | school libraries | Scoop.it

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Building Belief in Libraries | Pivot Points

Building Belief in Libraries | Pivot Points | school libraries | Scoop.it
“ Librarians can’t assume that district leaders are believers, writes Mark Ray. Some get it; others don’t. Those who don’t may be listening for different information. If librarians align their words and work with top educational issues, miracles might just happen.”
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A Week of Making: What Making is Really About

A Week of Making: What Making is Really About | school libraries | Scoop.it
“ In some instances I think it's hard for some library staff to articulate the gains that teens make as a result of the making programs we provide. And, as a result it ends up that we talk about the actual printing activity and the printer and not the skills learned and/or improved on. It certainly can be difficult to speak to the learning instead of the "coolness" of the making. But it can be done. For example, think about:”
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How to Make Great Presentations With Pecha Kucha

How to Make Great Presentations With Pecha Kucha | school libraries | Scoop.it
“Learn how to make great presentations using the Pecha Kucha method, and download our custom Pecha Kucha PowerPoint template to help out.”
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Dixie Binford's curator insight, June 25, 2015 10:03 AM

Take the time to watch the presentation "Sprinkling Pixie Dust" .  It's about the customer service model at Disney.

Te Aniwa Tutara's curator insight, June 25, 2015 3:42 PM

I will definitely be using this technique and I may even incorporate it into the assessment requirements for my students.  This was fascinating and interesting.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, June 26, 2015 3:28 PM

This article shares some great tips on how to complete a Pecha Kucha presentation using PowerPoint.

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How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects

How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects | school libraries | Scoop.it
When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. There are several ways to start designing projects. Here are six steps that will help you get started.
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Infographic: 6 uses for K-12 classroom AR

Infographic: 6 uses for K-12 classroom AR | school libraries | Scoop.it

As technologies improve, classroom #AR is providing engaging ways for students to learn and become immersed in new concepts.


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Fact or Fiction Poster - New Products - Posters - ALA Store

Fact or Fiction Poster - New Products - Posters - ALA Store | school libraries | Scoop.it
var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true};Help users weed out fake news stories and promote critical thinking with this new poster identifying nine tips for evaluating information. With the proliferation of fake news today, these materials show ways users can examine social and news media more carefully to avoid hoaxes and misinformation. Special thanks to author Joanna M. Burkhardt, professor and head librarian at the University of Rhode Island (URI) branch libraries in Providence and Narragansett.13" x 38"

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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 3, 2017 12:02 PM

Great poster for kiddos to learn about FAKE NEWS! 

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Fight Fake News: These media literacy posters help children sort fact from fiction.
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The need to shift and widen school library advocacy efforts - Gary Hartzell

For more than twenty years, school librarians have focused the largest portion of their advocacy efforts on individual principals, superintendents, and board members, struggling to convince them that libraries should be integral and institutionalized elements of K-12 education. It hasn’t worked.


Libraries and librarians remain frighteningly vulnerable to cuts, even elimination, in schools everywhere. These individualized field-based advocacy efforts may have forestalled greater disaster, but they have not and cannot by themselves make libraries and librarians secure in our schools.


To do that librarians need to widen their advocacy efforts and give priority to two new targets: (1) the educational administration (Ed Ad) professors who shape beginning administrators’ perceptions and values and (2) the professional associations that have a powerful influence on how administrators approach their work challenges once they are in the field. In effect, this widening represents a shift from battling for current school leaders’ support to preemptively conditioning the next generation of administrators to support libraries as they take up their new responsibilities.


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School Librarian Collaborates with Classroom Teacher to Boost Ebook Circulation

School Librarian Collaborates with Classroom Teacher to Boost Ebook Circulation | school libraries | Scoop.it
In Georgia, a new digital book club boosted ebook circulation—and got fifth graders talking about classic literature.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 1, 2017 2:13 PM
If you're looking for ways boost your eBook circulation, take a look at this article by Georgia librarian Linda Martin!
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School Library Journal and Scholastic Announce 2017 School Librarian of the Year | Scholastic Media Room

School Library Journal and Scholastic Announce 2017 School Librarian of the Year | Scholastic Media Room | school libraries | Scoop.it
Contact: Lisa Wolfe, School Library Journal, lwolfe@lwolfe.com, 773-287-2800 Brittany Sullivan, Scholastic, bsullivan@scholastic.com, 212-343-4848 Winner Tamiko Brown from Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX, and Four Heroes Recognized for Outstanding Achievement, Leadership, and...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 28, 2017 3:38 AM
I'm so proud to read that my library program classmate, Jan Wilson of Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, was named Hero of Collaboration in this year's SLJ/Scholastic recognition. She is an excellent example of the quality librarians working in Georgia and raising the bar for library service in public education. Great job, Jan!
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12 Strategies For Teaching Literature In The 21st Century -

12 Strategies For Teaching Literature In The 21st Century - | school libraries | Scoop.it
12 Strategies For Teaching Literature In The 21st Century by Terry Heick How can you teach Shakespeare to students accustomed to tiny screens with brief flashes of communication that instantly fade away (both in meaning endurance and visible text)? Begin by focusing on the macro. The context and need here is clear enough I think …

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 5, 2017 3:41 AM
Listed as a "3-minute read" this one is short and sweet and will give you some easily digested suggestions to share with teachers. I love these ideas even though for many of us in libraries they won't be new. What I like is the way this piece is written - not intimidating and easily understood. I could see this being presented at a faculty meeting in a 2-minute "smackdown" of strategies that just might get some teachers on board for new ways of doing. Enjoy!
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Advocacy Begins with Each of Us: #Leg2SchLibrary Part II | Knowledge Quest

Advocacy Begins with Each of Us: #Leg2SchLibrary Part II | Knowledge Quest | school libraries | Scoop.it
When I served as president of our Virginia school librarians’ association, the theme for my presidential year was “Advocacy Begins with You!” However, as I have reflected over the past decade or so, I’ve revised that slightly to emphasize that... Read More ›

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 5, 2017 1:40 PM
Take a look at this timely article by AASL president Audrey Church! The lucky school librarians going to GLMA Summer Institute will get to hear this powerful call for advocacy in person as Audrey will be providing the opening keynote. Enjoy!
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Video - Three Google Docs Formatting Tips

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“ The transition from Word or Pages to Google Documents often prompts a lot of questions about formatting settings. In the video embedded below I address three formatting questions that I am frequently asked about in my email and in my workshops.”
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Building Belief in Libraries | Pivot Points

Building Belief in Libraries | Pivot Points | school libraries | Scoop.it
“ Librarians can’t assume that district leaders are believers, writes Mark Ray. Some get it; others don’t. Those who don’t may be listening for different information. If librarians align their words and work with top educational issues, miracles might just happen.”
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Eliterate Librarian: Technado: 60 Apps in (less than) 60 Minutes

Eliterate Librarian: Technado: 60 Apps in (less than) 60 Minutes | school libraries | Scoop.it

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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 24, 2015 8:25 AM

Great Tech PD ideas!I


LOVE the idea of getting people out of their seats - you could also add a Sucks - Rocks - Not Sure section.

Gather a list of recent Ed Tech trends - post signs around the room & ask people to choose - Flipping the Classroom  - does it Suck? Rock? or Not Sure? Move to vote & let people shout out WHY. Small debate. If you think the term Suck will overtly offend, use Stinks. [grins] You can steal these huge posters (View full size - take to Kinkos)

Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, June 24, 2015 7:23 PM

Fantastic idea! The Power point is well worth looking at. So many apps so little time...

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Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue | school libraries | Scoop.it
“ From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.”
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Good Read: Technology Is a Tool, Not a Learning Outcome

Good Read: Technology Is a Tool, Not a Learning Outcome | school libraries | Scoop.it
Something about this very simple list struck a chord with many educators. Author Bill Ferriter explains: "Kids AREN'T motivated by technology. Instead, they're
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