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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Information Literacy But Were Afraid to Google

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Information Literacy But Were Afraid to Google | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A collection of reflections about information and digital literacy practice in schools, libraries, support organizations, and informal learning settings.
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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Eduwebinar - Professional learning network

Eduwebinar - Professional learning network | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Virtual professional learning network for teachers supported by education webinars to boost professional development opportunities in an online environment.
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Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, March 9, 2013 10:18 AM
Great news! :)
jerigby's comment, April 3, 2013 12:29 PM
I love eduwebinars! It fits in to my schedule better than attending workshops.
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50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching -

50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching - | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching by TeachThought Staff Teaching is both an art and science. Teaching is conceptual and intellectual, abstract and concrete, creative and sequential. It’s about people but framed through ideas. It’s about content, hearts, minds, the past, the future–whatever we can imagine, teaching and learning are both causes and effects. …
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Something Familiar and Something New: Unpacking the Standards | Knowledge Quest

Something Familiar and Something New: Unpacking the Standards | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Did you get your copy of the new standards yet? I must tell you that I am officially excited about them. While I was at the conference, I attended the “AASL ESLS Research Symposium.” The purpose of the symposium was... Read More ›
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Library Schedule and Collaboration | Knowledge Quest

Library Schedule and Collaboration | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
I am always trying to find ways to improve the library scheduling system that encourages collaboration. When I first started as a school librarian, we created a paper copy of the building schedule with slots for classes. Teachers would stop... Read More ›
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Why School Librarians Are Educators Too and Why School Libraries Matter

Why School Librarians Are Educators Too and Why School Libraries Matter | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
  ‘’We are all educators.......accompanying young people in their efforts to build their lives for today and tomorrow.’’ For seventeen years I worked as a librarian in a school at which the words above formed part of the mission statement. When I left in the summer of 2017 the head-teacher said that as the school…
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Definition - What is Design Thinking? - Tallyfy

Definition - What is Design Thinking? - Tallyfy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Discover the components of the design thinking process, and how they can be used to fuel innovation, growth, and improved user-centric experiences.

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Leading with Your Leader: Prepare Your Administrators for the New AASL Standards | Knowledge Quest

Leading with Your Leader: Prepare Your Administrators for the New AASL Standards | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
By Kathryn Roots Lewis, member of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board, and Sara Kelly Johns, member of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force Developed by AASL in collaboration with ALA’s Libraries Transform and sponsored by Bound... Read More ›
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Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Making the Public Library More Accessible to Students | Knowledge Quest

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Making the Public Library More Accessible to Students | Knowledge Quest | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
By Alexa Newman In the course of my career, I have worked in almost every type of library (from academic to special), but I have spent the bulk of that time as a public librarian. One challenge that hasn’t changed... Read More ›
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You think you know what librarians do? Sorry, but chances are...you're wrong.

You think you know what librarians do? Sorry, but chances are...you're wrong. | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
​This week I had the pleasure of participating in the annual Virginia Association of School Librarians conference in Norfolk, Virginia. I'll admit that I was a fish out of water -- the onl
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8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now

8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
When I became a school library media specialist 20 years ago, I had no idea how much time and energy I would devote to promoting my role and media program. As school librarians, our impact isn't
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Libraries are not gifts, but investments

Libraries are not gifts, but investments | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
As T. S. Eliot said: "The existence of libraries is best evidence that we may have hope for the future of man".
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11 activities to increase student-led learning in your classroom

11 activities to increase student-led learning in your classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In a recent eSchool News study, 89% of educators said it was very important or important for students to lead their own learning. That’s telling — as is the fact that not a single respondent…
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What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.
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It's time to stop calling SEL "soft skills"

Research shows that SEL has academic, career, and lifelong benefits.
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Authenticity Matters: 12 Ideas To Make Learning ‘Real-World’

Authenticity Matters: 12 Ideas To Make Learning ‘Real-World’ | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The post Authenticity Matters: 12 Ideas To Make Learning ‘Real-World’ appeared first on TeachThought PD.
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4 Ways LIbrarians Can Use Gamification to Support Teachers

Librarian and Classcraft ambassador Amanda Hunt discusses how school librarians can help support their teachers by using gamification. Learn more abou
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4 ways the school librarian can save teachers time and help support independent learners

4 ways the school librarian can save teachers time and help support independent learners | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A blog about school libraries and the role of the librarian in teaching and learning. Why information literacy is important.
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Teachers: These are the 6 must-know strategies for great blended learning

Teachers: These are the 6 must-know strategies for great blended learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Thoughtful planning and support, and ongoing relevant PD, are key to the success or stagnation of their blended learning efforts.

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The 50 Most Amazing College Libraries

The 50 Most Amazing College Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a fantastic library to study in? Then look no further than our list of the top 50 Amazing College Libraries. We examined and evaluated hundreds of libraries from around the country and after careful consideration, have come up with our list of the 50 best. These libraries offer amazing on-campus experiences, …
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Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form

Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form
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Librarians as Leaders, Tamiko Brown | SLJ Summit 2017

Vision and purpose are fundamental in building an effective library program. Keynote by Tamiko Brown, SLJ's 2017 School Librarian of the Year.
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10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom

10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Inquiry-based techniques are challenging conventional ways of teaching and empowering students who might otherwise get overlooked.
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5 Innovative Teaching Trends Catching Hold This Year

5 Innovative Teaching Trends Catching Hold This Year | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
STEMscopes explores the top 5 innovative teaching trends of 2017.
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What Can A Library Be?

What Can A Library Be? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A school library blog about library collaborations, new technology, and student voice. We share about how we are working with our learning community.
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Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Softlink is delighted to introduce guest blogger Jackie Child, Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane and author of the TinkeringChild.com blog. Jackie is a passionate primary educator with over 40 years’ experience and a sessional tutor for pre-service teachers at Griffith University.



In this series of blog posts, Jackie shares her experience working with students across all grade levels to address a range of curriculum objectives through tech-centred activities in the school’s library/makerspace.

This first post focuses on creative coding activities that address elements of the STEM curriculum, with suggested resources to support teaching and learning in this area.

St Aidan’s Library Makerspace – a dynamic space for learning and playTwo and a half years ago, my teaching partner Megan Daley and I saw the potential of our library at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School becoming the home of a ‘Makerspace’. After a great deal of research into the Maker movement, and realising the concept fitted so well with our pedagogy of constructivism and constructionism, we decided it was a must!

So, our journey began with ‘low tech’ and ‘medium tech’ activities stimulated by literature which, over time, led to more ‘high tech’ activities.

 Learning to codeCoding was a focus two years ago in our library lessons and reading books like Hello Ruby by Linda Liukas, with follow-up activities from the back of the book, was an ideal way to introduce coding to our younger students. 

For example, early in the story, when Ruby needs correct instructions, as computers do (algorithms), students sequenced instructions to complete a task, like packing a school bag and feeding a pet. Some students role played the task and others played charades.

Another activity from the back of the book was understanding and using ‘Booleans’. Students made cards, which they held up as toys from a puppet theatre were used to make statements that required other students to hold up a card stating either ‘true’ or ‘false’.

Year 3 students used the activity from Hello Ruby to construct their own laptop. They had so much fun deciding if it was going to be Apple, Microsoft or Linux.

Throughout the story further connections were made using coding apps on the iPads. For example, Kodable tied in very well with clues and completing a quest, just like the Fuzz Family who land on Smeeborg and needed help navigating the techno mazes.

These activities are all unplugged and cover many aspects of the English and Mathematics Curriculum like sequencing, algorithms, patterns, structures as well as aspects in the Digital Technologies Curriculum like iteration, debugging, Booleans, branching and computational thinking.

The website Hello Ruby Adventures in Coding provides many resources to help introduce students to coding.

 Making for funOur Makerspaces provide space and tools for students to tinker, play, create and explore new ideas with or without technology. The space can be used before school, during lunchtimes and after school. It is used by our Coding and Robotics Club and STEMies Club at set times.

During these times, students are presented with a task or project to challenge themselves. Both clubs incorporate technology into activities; for example, working with EL (Electroluminescent) wire and using it to enhance objects. EL wire is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it, producing a 360 degree unbroken line of visible light. Its thin diameter makes it flexible and ideal for use in a variety of applications, such as clothing or costumes. It comes in many colours with connections to a battery pack with inverter; it produces a cool light without heat and can be glued or sewn.

Another activity was designing and making a DrawBot using glue guns, wire-strippers, wire, batteries, switches and motors.

During Coding and Robotics Club, girls enjoy many of the ‘unplugged’ activities and learn visual programming with Scratch. The highlight each year is participating in the First LEGO League competition, where the girls design and build a robot to complete set missions and prototype concepts to solve a real situation or issues they have investigated.

Outside of club times and lesson times the students have the opportunity to engage in building and constructing their own creations or bought projects. A few girls followed the blue print to build a Piper Computer and play Minecraft on it! They are now building an XY Plotter. Students often bring in their own materials, equipment and projects to work on and invite others to collaborate and have fun together. They often fail along the way but they’re learning all the time in a stress-free, stimulating and inviting environment.
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