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Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right

Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right - The Huffington Post (Featured librarian frm IN presentg at #msla14 in March "@HuffPostEdu: These school library systems have right idea http://t.co/iOaL8xwW1T")...

 

"What all three of these library systems are doing right is avoiding isolation. By collaborating with other teachers and staff, these libraries are using their own resources most effectively and giving students the skills to succeed in research, technology and literacy well beyond their K-12 years. Instead of making information a commodity, these and other successful school libraries are viewing that information as a common right amongst students and educators - to the benefit of every individual at the school."

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How to stay relevant! Great article!

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians, by @cybrarian77

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians, by @cybrarian77 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"There are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android. Teacher-librarians are always on the lookout for great apps and programs for their students and colleagues. This list will be added to the MEGALIST FOR TEACHER-LIBRARIANS. Just click the tab at the top of the page."

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Great apps for all librarians!

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The Librarian is the tech leader

The Librarian is the tech leader | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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Librarians are the most possible technology leaders in their schools
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Teacher Librarians at the Heart of Student Learning

School library and information technology programs are a vital resource for student learning. This video to highlight the essential role teacher librarians play in information and technology literacy instruction, reading advocacy, and information management. More information available on: http://WLMA.org

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The value of teacher librarians!

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School Librarians: Collaborate to lead - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

School Librarians: Collaborate to lead - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
While collaboration with individual teachers is important to a successful library program, collaboration with school leaders and membership on school leadership teams is critical - and too few building librarians recognize this.

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Librarians, you can and should be serving on at least one, if not more, of these teams (in addition to meeting regularly with your building principal):

Building/site leadership teamCurriculum teamsAssessment committeesStrategic planning initiativesTechnology advisory committeesNew facility planning task forcesParent-teacher organizationAccreditation/program review teams"
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The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: Favourite apps

The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: Favourite apps | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That! http://t.co/vSUG6TXdZe By @jenniferlagarde

 

"...here some of my favorite APPs to help spark student creativity.   If you're lucky to have access to mobile devices in your library, these would make some great additions to your APP collection.   And if you don't have such access, they are worth exploring anyway - to consider what they provide students with the opportunity to do and then to think about how you can provide students with those same opportunities with or without a gadget."


Apps:

- Felt Board

- Draw Quest

- Art Set

- Sock Puppets

- Comic Life

- Art Studio

 

"As librarians, we have an opportunity and an obligation to create spaces and instruction that cultivate our students' creativity.  Our spaces, our flexibility and our skills make the library the perfect place to turn kids loose: to give them the chance to imagine, explore, create and share.  Along the way, they'll make mistakes and plenty of messes, but that's how we all learn.  We may not all have access to the APPs I've shared in this post, but we've all got access to something far more important:  kids.  All of whom are eager and ready to get started!"

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Apps to spark creativity!

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Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver — @Peter_Gutierrez Connect the Pop

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver — @Peter_Gutierrez Connect the Pop | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver http://t.co/HPLvFhmF via @zite

 

In the first part of my conversation with Tyler Weaver we discussed the many benefits of teaching with, and making, comics as well as the role of the school librarian when it comes to transmedia… here we get a bit more specific in terms of the issues involved.

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Transmedia in libraries > practical tips

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