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Model Library Curriculum shared on our PA DOE portal

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In times like these it’s even more meaningful when your state department of education endorses and validates your contribution to the learning culture of your school. This past fall, New York State recognized the specific contributions of  its school librarians by approving a new School Librarian Evaluation Rubric. (AASL lists a variety of others as [...]

Small Demons: Welcome to the storyverse!

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Because these are the details we obsess over. The authors who write them and the readers who read them. They connect us with our stories and connect our stories with each other. And with these connections comes a whole new world of discovery.  Valla Vakili’s talk at the Tools of Change Conference. 2/14/12 In his [...]

Kathy’s updated assessments

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Over the last few years, student products have changed.  The Common Core State Standards force us to focus specifically on new sets of criteria. And so we find ourselves independently developing new rubrics and assessments. Happily, my/our dear friend Kathy Schrock stepped up to address the wheel-reinvention issue. Her updated assessment Guide covers assessment options for [...]

Blog break, but just for a bit

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Dear readers, The folks at LJ/SLJ just informed all of the resident bloggers of the news that our sites are migrating to a new server.  Yeah!  This will mean our back-end, old server woes will be resolved. This will also mean that the whole blogging crew will not likely be posting till the end of [...]

PLN news: TLChatLive & our new TLChat Community

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On Monday, December 10th (2nd Monday of the month), the topic for our live TLChat was Supporting Teachers with the Common Core. In case you missed this nearly overwhelming share festival, visit the archive of nearly 500 tweets. Here’s a little summary of a few of my favorites: @NikkiDRobertson: TLChat is always going on 24/7 [...]

Focusing in on authors who pin

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We’ve followed their blogs and tweets.  Now many of us are following their boards. Through Pinterest, some of our favorite authors are sharing fan art; previewing book covers and chapters; allowing us a lens on the inspirations for their writing; illustrating the background and locations for their books; suggesting literary extension activities; revealing their hobbies [...]

Four tools for determining web cred

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Not all information tasks are the same.  And because sources that may be perfect for analyzing Hamlet’s motivation, may not be right for examining what’s happening now in Damascus or how far down we might fall from the fiscal cliff, learners need new credibility assessment strategies. As teachers and librarians we are used to discussing [...]

MOOCs for kids too

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When SLJ recently asked me to reflect on the edtech trends of the year, one of the trends that first came to mind was the emergence of the MOOC. MOOCs (massive open online courses) are about open, participatory, distributed, networked learning.  They are sandboxes for independent, lifelong learners. Folks have been talking about and testing [...]