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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Teacher-librarians fill high-tech role

Teacher-librarians fill high-tech role | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
As schools have stepped boldly into the 21st century, so have school librarians.
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'Makerspaces' offer kids a chance to get creative - Martinsville Bulletin

'Makerspaces' offer kids a chance to get creative - Martinsville Bulletin | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Libraries in all Henry County Public Schools have “makerspaces” this semester, and last week, second-graders Jamarion Payne and Emilee Vaughan were among the students trying out the one at Collinsville Primary.
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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

Via Chris Carter, Anu Ojaranta
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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 15, 2015 1:33 AM

We are already there!

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 15, 2015 9:39 AM

Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

Chris Carter's comment, January 15, 2015 7:40 PM
We (Concordia International School Shanghai) are creating a Learning Commons for next fall that will be an amazing learning environment. Genius Bar, Coffee Bar, Maker Space, Quiet Rooms, writable walls, light jazz ... Please apply to this school if you want to be a part of something unprecedented, and you wish to live in Shanghai. Or just visit! The doors are open here. We know that in the sharing of experience and ideas good and great things happen.
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Library to Learning Commons | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Library to Learning Commons | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Loertscher, Koechlin and Zwaan describe the contemporary school library as a learning commons, “the hub of the school, where exemplary learning and teaching are showcased, where professional development, teaching and learning experimentation and action research happen.”[1] Teacher-librarians, once primarily managers of school resources, can become instructional leaders, supporting and collaborating with every teacher in the school, promoting inquiry-based learning and fostering a thriving reading culture.

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Design Thinking for Libraries

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Design Thinking for Libraries is an approach to improving your library through creative problem solving.

This toolkit guides you through Design Thinking so you can start coming up with solutions to everyday challenges within the library. Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about starting with people — the users that visit your library.

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Meet The Classroom Of The Future

Meet The Classroom Of The Future | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Algorithms choose which students sit together. Algorithms measure what the children know and how well they know it. They choose what problems the children should work on and provide teachers with the next lesson to teach.


When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.


Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies , Suvi Salo, Anu Ojaranta
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Wron Ga's curator insight, January 18, 2015 1:56 PM

Moim zdaniem komputery w klasach powinni byc poniewaz urozmaicaja nauke jak i wyobraźnia rozszerza sie u dzieci i poznaja technologie które beda sie  rozwijac w przyszłych latach

Wron Ga's curator insight, January 18, 2015 1:57 PM

Komputery w klasach jak najbardziej jestem za tym. Urozmaicaja wyobraznia jak i uczą sie nowinek technologicznych gdzie w przyszlosci beda sie one rozszerzac .

Ghostthinker GmbH's curator insight, January 21, 2015 9:49 AM

Great way of changing old habits! 

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Meet 4 Teachers Who Took Classroom Design to the Next Level - A.J. Juliani

Meet 4 Teachers Who Took Classroom Design to the Next Level - A.J. Juliani | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Instead of just “aesthetics” we focused this challenge on brain-friendly learning spaces that promoted deep learning and engagement through design.


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Libraries in time of crisis | Charlie Hebdo | Opinion

Libraries in time of crisis | Charlie Hebdo | Opinion | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This morning [January 8] in a Tweet Bredebieb asked me “what should public libraries do,” about the Charlie Hebdo attack. It was frankly a bit of a humbling and scary question. After all, I am not in Paris, and I cannot claim to know everything that French libraries do now. However, it would be an obvious act of cowardice to simply claim ignorance or to respond with some high level non-answer like “help the communities have a conversation.” So I provided some ideas. Still, Twitter is not exactly a place to have a deep discussion of where these ideas come from, nor truly share what I think public libraries should do. So in this post I’d like to give a deeper answer to how I feel public libraries should respond to horrific acts like the attacks on Charlie Hebdo.
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School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces

School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
You might think technology would spell the end of books and libraries. But many schools have embraced the digital revolution and built innovative spaces that foster a love of literature
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4 Ways to Use Canva in your library

4 Ways to Use Canva in your library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Canva is an easy to use, free graphic design tool that allows users to quickly build beautiful graphics. It does have extra fancy paid elements, but it’s easy to make beautiful graphics without using them. You can customize colors and fonts, add all sorts of clip-art like elements, and even upload your own photos. It doesn’t give you as much control as a desktop publishing or photo editing program, but it’s easy to use and can save you a lot of time.

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Kim Borghouts's curator insight, January 7, 2015 10:23 PM

A valuable tool to have access to!

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Diving into critical pedagogy: an alterative view of information literacy

Diving into critical pedagogy: an alterative view of information literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Diving into critical pedagogy: an alterative view of information literacy http://t.co/DHc8hlotd3 via @chronicle
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10 Free Plagiarism Detection Tools

Whether you are a teacher who wants to check students’ work for copied material or you are a writer who want to make sure that your content is plagiarism free,

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Yvonne Krishnan
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 3, 2015 1:20 PM

This is really useful, thanks for sharing!

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Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset

Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals never stop learning new techniques and strategies to hone their craft and remain on the cutting edge in their field – and so, too, do teachers.
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Newport News school libraries explore new ways of 'helping kids learn how to learn'

Newport News school libraries explore new ways of 'helping kids learn how to learn' | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
NEWPORT NEWS — School librarians in Newport News are exploring new ways of helping students dig deeper and question further.
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Survey Examines Students' Web Research Skills - Education World

Survey Examines Students' Web Research Skills - Education World | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new study shows that librarians have little confidence in student skill level when it comes to both properly paraphrasing and identifying credible Web sources in research when compared to students’ evaluations of themselves.
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Why You Must Curate Content in 2015

Why You Must Curate Content in 2015 | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The key to success in a myriad of web content that may drown us in 2015 is to curate content. The whys and hows are explained in-depth inside this article.

Via Neil Ferree, Yvonne Krishnan
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Neil Ferree's curator insight, January 9, 2015 6:52 PM

Its more important that ever for marketers to have and use a content marketing system that allow you to curate and share quality content so as to enhance your social authority with your target audience.


This is the fastest method to increase your social media presence on the social web, whether its on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Google+ 

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Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy

Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School librarians are depressingly underused, argues Sally Dring. Many teachers would be amazed at how much support they can give them and their students
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Shaping the future of libraries | Ebook Friendly

Shaping the future of libraries | Ebook Friendly | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

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SCIS's curator insight, January 12, 2015 6:47 PM

Nice infographics on Library and Information Science in the US

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Rethinking roles & responsiblities of teacher librarians

Trends, challenges and technologies that impact on the role and responsibility of a teacher librarian. In the closing remarks of the broadcast, one of the panel members strongly supported the need to consistently engage in the rethinking process as it is an essential interactive process with colleagues to keep the profession vibrant.
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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, January 10, 2015 6:14 PM

This activity develops questioning skills that will fit in nicely with my focus on developing reciprocal reading strategies.  

Carey Leahy's curator insight, January 15, 2015 6:00 AM

To extend, reflect and consider - the concept is great.

Crystal Steele Joyce's curator insight, January 15, 2015 9:22 PM

I absolutely love how simple this is and yet can be so effective!

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Inspirational school libraries from around the world – gallery

Inspirational school libraries from around the world – gallery | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
From a story garden in Cornwall to hexagonal towers in Los Angeles, we look at inventive spaces designed to get children excited about books
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School Learning Commons

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This Learning Commons website is a companion site to the second edition of our book: The New Learning Commons Where Learners Win! by David V. Loertscher, Carol Koechlin, Sandi Zwaan and Esther Rosenfeld. Learning Commons Press, 2011.

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Does Your School Have a Teacher Librarian? A CSLA Film - YouTube

This advocacy film about California teacher librarians illustrates how we nurture student interests, integrate technology, teach information literacy, prepar...
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New Thinking: 18 Different Questions Education Faces In 2015

Who knows where education is going, but it’s not impossible to look back over the last 12 months to see some rhythms and discord.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Pause and reflect

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Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools

Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Unless policy makers can be made to understand the critical role these and other educational professionals play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment of the students and communities they serve

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