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A Teenager’s View on Social Media

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Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Several campaigns are seeking to help the young children of poor and immigrant families by urging parents to spend more time talking to them.
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Early Concerns About E-Books' Effect on Reading Comprehension, Researchers Say

Early Concerns About E-Books' Effect on Reading Comprehension, Researchers Say | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Researchers at West Chester University found that elementary students showed lower comprehension levels when reading on iPads versus traditional print materials.
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How 3 districts leverage librarians' digital knowledge | eSchool News | eSchool News

How 3 districts leverage librarians' digital knowledge | eSchool News | eSchool News | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Learn how three districts leverage school librarians as a key part of any school district's digital learning transition.
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The Changing Role of School Librarians

Find out how modern teacher-librarians are improving students' and teachers' lives every day. Reporter: Mark Ray.
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Role of School Librarians

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The Changing Role of School Librarians

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Teaching Inquiry with Library of Congress Primary Sources | Tech Tidbits

Teaching Inquiry with Library of Congress Primary Sources | Tech Tidbits | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Why should we study primary source documents? These are artifacts created by the people who lived through the events and time periods under study.
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The librarian bonus - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

The librarian bonus - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Image source (by Jennifer LaGuarde aka Library Girl)

At an Apple event last Thursday, ...
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Copyright & Copyleft - Acknowledging Creative Commons Materials

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Teacher Librarian Article Published | Keith Curry Lance

Teacher Librarian Article Published | Keith Curry Lance | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Today, Teacher Librarian magazine published an article by Deb Kachel and me.  The article presents the find

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lyn_hay's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:01 AM

The latest research project conducted by Keith Curry Lance and associates in Pennsylvania which examines school administrators' perceptions of school libraries and student test scores. One of the reports recommendations highlights the need for more TL practitioners to work at building local evidence to strengthen the research base, as the authors conclude: "We also need more local action research studies—otherwise known as self-assessments—by school librarians themselves. Many school librarians do not feel they have time to conduct self-assessments in the form of local, evidence-based studies of their practice. Yet this needs to be an integral part of the research. If we wish to see the kind of change in the public education policy that will establish firmly the future of school libraries and librarians, local decision-makers—administrators, school board members, and even parents—must be made aware not only of what we know from large-scale studies but also of evidence of ways in which their own experience of school libraries and librarians matters. Only then will they internalize a deep understanding of the contributions that school library programs make and begin to make decisions consistent with a

personal commitment to them."
I could not agree more with this recommendation. Since 2010, Dr Ross Todd and I have been working together to help build the capacity of Australia's TL profession as evidence-based practitioners. This is a slow movement, but we are starting to see some excellent practice-based research being published in journals such as Scan and Access, and being presented at conferences. We are slowly building this evidence, but we need this movement to extend beyond those leading lights in the profession. Only then will we be in a position to demonstrate to education systems, governments and the wider community of school libraries impact on student achievement. Please join our EBP Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EBPforSL/ for more information.

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Reclaiming Your Teacher Mojo

Reclaiming Your Teacher Mojo | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Teacher and policy advocate Megan Allen offers tips for teachers on how to balance their time and rediscover their passion for teaching.
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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.
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On maximizing database use: Part 1, the one-page approach — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

On maximizing database use: Part 1, the one-page approach — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
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New Read-Aloud Strategies Transform Story Time

New Read-Aloud Strategies Transform Story Time | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Under the common core, teachers use new questioning techniques to help the youngest students learn to draw evidence from what they read.
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The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing In June 2014 | Blog | Epic Reads

OMG BOOKS.
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Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices.
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It's All in How You Ask the Question

It's All in How You Ask the Question | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Children like to explore, wander, and discover new things. This natural curiosity drives their active participation in the process of learning and discovery. Their curiosity sparks questions about unfamiliar things.
Teachers can use student-generated questions to harness this curiosity and involve students in their own learning. But not all student-generated questions promote learning. Effective student-generated questions are higher order questions that require problem solving and critical ...
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Take Your Place at the Table: Thrive as Part of the Solution Your School Needs | Editorial

Take Your Place at the Table: Thrive as Part of the Solution Your School Needs | Editorial | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
School librarians, your administrators need you like never before. So let’s make 2014 the year that each of you strengthens your connection to your school’s mission and goals—explicitly, by taking a place at the table.
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Project Connect Brings School Librarians, Superintendents to the Same Table | AASL 2013

Project Connect Brings School Librarians, Superintendents to the Same Table | AASL 2013 | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
Passionate school library advocacy takes many forms, though all too often these efforts don’t reach the district and state level. This can change once stakeholders start working together to improve student outcomes.
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What Do Parents Want?

What Do Parents Want? | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
See findings from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's "What Parents Want" report, which applied market-research principles to parents' priorities for schools.
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A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it

"Creative Commons is a non-profit that helps sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge via free legal and technological tools . These tools are not alternatives to copyright laws, rather they work alongside them.

To help you better teach your students about Creative Commons and how it works, here is a handy graphic that visually captures the main important things students need to know about Creative commons. Enjoy"


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KB...Konnected's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:16 PM

This info is also good for teachers who sell products through TpT and Teacher's Notebook.

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 10, 2013 6:36 PM

Actually good for faculty too!

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:54 PM

graphic on creative commons

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The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning

The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
As education continues the march toward a student-driven, project-oriented approach that values intelligent solutions to open-ended problems, it won’t be sufficient to focus on the wonderful discoveries and authentic work that result from an...

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Librarydoor: Information Trumps Technology in the Common Core

Librarydoor: Information Trumps Technology in the Common Core | Professional Learning for School Librarians | Scoop.it
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