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Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education

From this video you can learn top 10 Reasons to use technology in education 1. Students love it. Students love using new technologies in the classroom. Wheth...
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The reasons presented in this video could be very useful if you are needing to convince your school about the usefulness in using technology in the classroom.

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Five Essentials To Create Connected Students (EdSurge News)

Five Essentials To Create Connected Students (EdSurge News) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"But being connected isn’t just for socializing; it’s a life skill. When untrained students get online, they treat academic writing online as if it were social media. They write sloppily and don't think of hyperlinking. If they do, it is often a long pasted link instead of a contextual link. In this connected world, there are invisibly disconnected kids, disconnected from the knowledge they need to be successful."


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Significant roles we all have in the connected world. Crucial that students understand these.

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J A Jones's curator insight, October 4, 2013 9:53 AM

Encouraging students to curate their academic work. is something we should all be doing.  Portfolios are a great way for students to present themselves to colleges, employers or internships.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:23 PM

Curate your digital footprint!

Allan Booth's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:51 AM

some good insights

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
What would happen if social media were seen as a powerful tool rather than a threat to student learning? Schools and districts around the country are starting to put social media policies and guidel
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Jan Watts's curator insight, October 5, 2013 12:09 AM

We so need to be thinking about these.....

Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:19 AM

May be helpful!

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Desire2Learn CEO interviewed by ABC News Australia

ABC Business Today and Desire2Learn's CEO, John Baker, discuss how educational institutions can use technology to enable learning experiences that are more a...
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Customised learning is on the rise

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A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching ...

A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
App developers, on their part, have also noticed this increasing potential of iPad in education and therefore started creating and developing apps targeting the educational audience. From apps for toddlers to advanced research apps, the app ...
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Useful tips to guide you through the process of using iPads in your school.

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SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators

SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From ha

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Support your school administrators as they are encouraged to take up the leadership role in the school community for the digital normalisation of the school. Become the the linch pin .....

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, September 19, 2013 8:38 PM

in 2013, we can’t be wasting time with tasks that can be automated, data that can be collected electronically and processes that can be performed digitally that can save hours of manual work. Work smarter by utilizing high quality digital resources, not harder.

Krissy Machamer's curator insight, September 25, 2013 10:37 PM

A quality resource for educational leaders- to review and assess their monetary commitment to technology and how the resources are being applied. Sometimes it it's not about how many computers we have, its more about how they are enhancing instruction and student achievement and growth.

Heidi McGivern's curator insight, September 29, 2013 2:10 PM

9 step reminders that should be posterized.... Love it!  I am a teacher who loves learning and playing with new technology.  I am challenged when administration is not considerate to teachers work flow.  Work smarter, not harder.  

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Imagining the Future | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Imagining the Future | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The theme for the September/October 2013 Knowledge Quest is Imagining the Future. This issue explores how to plan for the future. It outlines methods and tools school librarians can use in their programs. Topics include outlining your library’s mission statement, professional development planning, and planning for technology.

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Collegial strategic planning is a core element.

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We Wanted To Talk About 21st Century Education

This animation was produced on behalf of the Australian delegation to the Global Education Leadership Programme (GELP). It makes the case for making big changes…
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An interesting overview of the future of education and learning in Australia in a globally connected world.

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, September 24, 2013 8:27 PM

Says it in a nutshell.  We need to Enable, Engage and Empower youth.  Much of Australia has a fair way to go though!

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, September 26, 2013 1:42 AM

Global Education Leadership Program video.

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the (Top story: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

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Being fully student centred is certainly a crucial key to inquiry learning.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 12, 2013 10:03 AM

Great approaches.Teacher librarians should be responsive to the return to inquiry learning and help restore passion to teaching and joy to learning. TLs have all the tools, spaces and skill sets to help! Make the Learning Commons whole school.

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Web 2.0 Tools For Common Core

Web 2.0 Tools For Common Core | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A list of tools that can be used to address the delivery of the Common Core.

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Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 17, 2013 4:30 AM
Still looking for more...How do we view 'em?
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4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World

4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Only about a third of the world's population has access to the internet. Here in the United States, libraries have become a major source of Internet access for people who otherwise can't afford computers or net access -- and the same goes for libraries around the world. Giving people access to the Internet in a public setting doesn't mean handing them a free pass to infinite animated GIFs; it means jobs, health information, and education.


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The digital divide is addressed by libraries around the world.

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Zarah Gagatiga's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:41 PM

Wants to see this happen in the Philippines.

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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.

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Library Staff's curator insight, September 11, 2013 9:56 PM

This is a good question. Is it baby steps, or just throw all out with the bathwater and start afresh?

Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 13, 2013 5:42 PM

Not regurgitation of old information but the development of new information, that is what is required for promoting sustainable growth....inquiry-based learning excites the researchers/learners/students and develops another part of the brain....involve students in real-life problems to encourage thinkers....I agree - a new way, new specifically designed tasks for inquiry.

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Read It Daddy!: Why schools need libraries! One little girl's perspective

Read It Daddy!: Why schools need libraries! One little girl's perspective | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Yesterday she came home for the first time with a school library book. The book choice wasn't important (she chose an illustrated book about Pinocchio - based on the Disney movie) but what was vitally important was her reaction to being allowed into the school library for the first time, with her own library ticket, to make her own choice of a book to take home for a couple of weeks.

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Parents and kids can be our greatest advocates....thank you.

 

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Designing a School Makerspace

Designing a School Makerspace | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering."


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The simple questions posed in this post will help guide you to work out if developing a makespace is for your community.

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Collaboration:Build a Plan for Advocacy | Building a Culture of ...

In the draft document, language about school libraries and staffing was eliminated, and a group of volunteers from the Vermont School Library Association (VSLA) has been collaborating to make sure that the language is reinserted.
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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!
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A nice blend of different levels for student engagement.

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Jane Sowter-Maranion's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:01 PM

Indeed, students do turn to Google first. Teacher Librarians however, need to be directing students to other suitable search engines for their research.

kathymcdonough's curator insight, October 5, 2013 7:28 AM

Essential questions are explored.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:41 PM
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A nice blend of different levels for student engagement.

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Free Classroom Guides and Educational Downloads

Free Classroom Guides and Educational Downloads | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Get our easy-to-print guides that include useful tips for teachers, parents, and school administrators.
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Useful guides for your school community in an always connected world.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, October 12, 2013 1:15 PM

Great ideas and graphics for sharing - multiples in one hot spot.

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7 Ways My Classroom is Better Because I Connect

7 Ways My Classroom is Better Because I Connect | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Being connected is not easy....on Twitter building relationships and co-moderating and participating in education chats. Constantly reading (and writing!) blogs; all this in the pursuit of being a better teacher. Although the time it takes to develop a network is substantial, the benefits of connection far outweigh the efforts.

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I'm sure many of us can agree & identify with the 7 ways of being better because we took the time to be connected.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:09 PM

Beautiful! Connected educators translate into connected learners :)

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6 YouTube lessons for building better instructional videos

6 YouTube lessons for building better instructional videos | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

With the rise of the blended learning model of education, video is becoming an increasingly important medium for instruction. The essential components of blended learning - such as flipped classrooms, MOOCs and “Bring Your Own Device” programs - are facilitated by video instruction to ensure the personalization and flexibility of a digitized education system.

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Advocacy Resources | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Advocacy Resources | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students, created by the AASL Legislation Committee, is freely available for download by members of the media and general public provided no alterations are made and that the posting is for education, noncommercial purposes only. Additional resources are also available.

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ALA resolution: "School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success"

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What Makes a Good School: Students Speak Up at Leadership Forum

What Makes a Good School: Students Speak Up at Leadership Forum | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"What happens when 24 high school students are brought together to articulate their ideas for what makes a good school? What if the students have never met or worked together before? What if there's a high-stakes culmination to their work -- like presenting their ideas to education leaders from across the country?"

 


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The common threads identified by the students opens up opportunities for all stakeholders in the school community to be involved - collaboration and benefits to all.

 

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Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 17, 2013 7:59 PM

Wonderful reminder...

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Closing school libraries? This means war | Editor's Note | News and Opinion | Philadelphia Weekly

And so finally it's come to this: The Philadelphia School District has closed its top schools' libraries due to the budget crisis. Only 15 librarians remain in the entire district, where enrollment has already climbed past last year's 150,000 students. As the Inquirerreported today, principals at Central High and Masterman are scrambling to figure out how exactly they're supposed to give students an education without being able to give them books to read.

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Lot's of challenges here for this school district.

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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant - Huffington Post

Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant - Huffington Post | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Public school libraries have always served an admirable purpose in education. It is not enough to simply "be there;" school libraries need to reach out to students and pull them in with helpful resources that combine traditional and contemporary theories in literacy.

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A look at the traditional, contemporary and the future.

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What keeps some teachers from becoming leaders?

What keeps some teachers from becoming leaders? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Do you believe that you can have a positive impact on education beyond the walls of your classroom? If not, ask yourself why, then give a good hard look at your answers. I’ve seen teacher leaders do great things for our profession—but I’ve also observed false beliefs prevent teachers from blossoming into teacher leaders. Do any of these seem familiar to you?

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Get out there and bust these myths.

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What Is Successful Technology Integration?

What Is Successful Technology Integration? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This guide is organized into four sections:
Introduction
Why Integrate Tech?
What Is Tech Integration?
Resources for Tech Integration

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A sound guide worthy of consideration.

 

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