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Using the Flipped Classroom Model in an Elementary school

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How to destroy a school library - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

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In a December 4, 2013 School Library Journal opinion piece, Robin Overby Cox explains how to kill a school library program in 10 easy steps. Her steps include firing the librarians, not being flexible, and convincing parents ...

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:23 AM

Good quote from this post "And if we stop thinking we have power, we, uh, stop being powerful. "

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How To Get Students To Love Reading

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Reading is one of the major foundations of any student's studies. In any subject - including math - understanding how to read and being able to comprehend words on a page is a make or break in academics and in life more generally.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, December 14, 2013 6:39 AM

Infographic and multiple tips to encourage children to read and love reading

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Curious George Full Episodes in English - Curious George Season 3 full Long Movie


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 4, 2013 12:13 PM

If you are a Curious George fan then check out this Youtube collection of videos!

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 4, 2013 12:14 PM

Curious George fans collection of videos.

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Librarians as Instructional Designers: Strategies for Engaging Conversations for Learning

School, academic, and public librarians often cite collaborative partnerships as one of the greatest challenges of the profession---how do we invite collaboration, how do we nurture and sustain tho...


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 7, 2013 12:04 PM
Thoughtful vision on the role of a librarian in the 21 century designing a learning commons that is vibrant and inquiry driven!
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Sites That Help Kids Do Good

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Common Sense Media editors help you choose sites that help kids do good. Encourage social responsibility, global awareness, and more.


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 3, 2013 1:31 AM
Some worthwhile sites to inspire stewardship.
KB...Konnected's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:12 PM

Assortment of sites to encourage stewardship.

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6 Mac Chrome Apps Teachers Should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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KJ Honkonen's curator insight, December 26, 2013 3:00 AM

Kuusi hyvin toimivaa Chrome sovellusta Mäckiin...

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Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

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For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books.

 

Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge.

 

Library leaders are adapting to a paradigm shift by reimagining the library as an engaged community center. The role of librarians is being re-branded to reflect their expertise as content curators and trusted navigators in an ever-expanding ocean of information — in whatever format it may exist.

 

Libraries are abuzz with services that go beyond traditional fare to offer more active programming for patrons, including an after-school program to aid students with homework. In the summer, more meeting rooms for patrons to use for business appointments,  more computer labs where patrons learn tech skills, or enroll in massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and other services.

 

More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/books/chi-library-future-20131212,0,294523,full.story


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:59 AM

Here's a glimpse of some of the relatively new services that libraries of the future are offering:

→Digital studios

→Dedicated teen zones

→Conference rooms for community meetings

→Computer and social media classes

→Small business/technology centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda M's curator insight, June 9, 2014 8:59 PM

21st Century libraries are more than just collections.  We need to be about 'connections' as well in order to stay relevant and to meet our clients needs.

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Illuminating Learning Communities Through School Libraries and Mak...

Creating, Constructing, Collaborating, ContributingBuffy J. HamiltonTexas Library Association Conference 2013#txla13CC image via http://www.flickr.com/photos/ja (@hannahlittle Thank you !

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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 8, 2014 11:05 AM

Ppt on libraries, learning and makerspaces Buffy Hamilton: creating, constructing, collaborating, contributing

Tricia Adams's curator insight, January 9, 2014 6:02 AM

fascinating ideas here...

Karen Norris's curator insight, January 9, 2014 10:52 AM

excellent

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The Reading Train: A Common Core Early Literacy Tutor

Get The Reading Train: A Common Core Early Literacy Tutor for Reading, Phonics, Spelling, Science, Animals, Math, Music, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 30, 2013 11:46 AM

So glad to share this new app to help kids learn to read by a local NH teacher, Libby Curran

 

"Books kids LOVE to read.
Children are naturally curious, so encourage them to explore our leveled books on numbers, colors, animals, geometry, and science that will give them the foundational knowledge they need to succeed later in school. In between reading stories they can play the train quiz game, explore the FREE audio dictionary and listen to song books.

Give your kids the tools to succeed.
Stuck on a word? With tap to listen functionality, an audio dictionary filled with hundreds of words, and a fun game at the end of every book to assess learning, The Reading Train is packed full of tools to help children succeed, all on their own.

Read to learn
Kids read through leveled books on numbers, colors, animals, geometry, and science to build foundational knowledge, while improving reading comprehension and improving skills that prepare students for Common Core standards."

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 30, 2013 5:42 PM

This looks like fun and educational for pre-primary students.

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Principal support for the teacher librarian, what is it? And how to get it?

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It is of vital importance that teacher librarians have the support of their school principals. A school principal can affect collaboration opportunities and budget. Without the support of principal...

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Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | The Edublogger

Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | The Edublogger | Cool Cat Virtual Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:59 PM

Learn the language of Twitter and make new friends:D

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Our Transformation

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The world around us is changing at a pace we have never seen before. Every aspect of our society is working hard to keep up, adapt to the changes and take advantage of the host of new technologies ...
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Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)? - T.H.E. Journal

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Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)?
T.H.E. Journal
What makes some administrators believe that librarians--many of them with a teaching certificate alongside a master's degree in library science--are so expendable?
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More School Libraries in the News - School Library Monthly Blog

Three school libraries are recognized in the popular media this week (in a brief article by Matthew Lynch in the Huffington Post), for their innovative and positive approaches to student learning. The school libraries hail from ...

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Chao-chen Chen's curator insight, December 23, 2013 8:40 PM

Teacher Librarians are important for deep reading of students 

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How to teach… reading for pleasure

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The link between reading for fun and educational success is well established, but how can teachers get reluctant readers into books? These teaching resources will help

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Elena Orlova's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:43 PM

Как научить читать с удовольствием?

Ann Ewel's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:49 PM

This is more of a list of annotated lists to sites that talk about how to encourage reading for pleasure.  Nonetheless it looks like a good collection of resources. 

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Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right - Huffington Post

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Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right Huffington Post Despite many K-12 libraries finding themselves on the chopping block in the budget cuts of recent years, I believe this aspect of student learning is essential for academic and...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:02 PM

Good examples of libraries making themselves indispensable during budgetary setbacks.

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Nurturing Lifelong Learning with Personal Learning Networks

Ohio eTech Conference 2013

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 14, 2013 3:26 PM

Developing a personal learning network is certainly a very rewarding way to learn and lead in your school community.

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:32 PM

Good reading about the value of PLN

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:32 PM

PLN - good for teachers as well as studentd.