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John Schu: Watch. Connect. Read.

John Schu: Watch. Connect. Read.

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The Digital Shift — On Libraries and New Media, powered by Library Journal and School Library Journal 5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian By The Digital Shift on August 4, 2017 “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger and SLJTeen Live! panelist Karen Jensen shares some ideas and resources for low-budget maker spaces. The Chatty Librarians: Podcasting | Field Reports By The Digital Shift on June 27, 2017 Technology from Southfield Christian Elementary School Creating A Digital Tattoo with the SketchbookX app This year we used the term “digital tattoo” rather than digital footprint when talking about cyber safety issues with the 5th graders. I wanted to emphasize that whatever you do on the internet is permanent just like a tattoo – it is hard to make it go away. To emphasize the point, students created a drawing of their hand and arm and created their own digital tattoo to represent how they would like people to recognize them from the things they do online.

10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation – TeachBytes In this day and age, where anyone with access to the internet can create a website, it is critical that we as educators teach our students how to evaluate web content. There are some great resources available for educating students on this matter, such as Kathy Schrock’s Five W’s of Website Evaluation or the University of Southern Maine’s Checklist for Evaluating Websites. Along with checklists and articles, you will also find wonderfully funny hoax websites, aimed at testing readers on their ability to evaluate websites. Top 100 Education Blogs for Educators and Teachers - Education Blog Top 100 Education blogs The Best Education blogs from thousands of top Education blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. If your blog is selected in this list, you have the honour of displaying this Badge (Award) on your blog. Submit Your Blog These blogs are ranked based on following criteria

Reshelving Project: Almost There and Already Awesome! Team Ditch Dewey! Hooray! I’m catching my breathe and finally getting the chance to write the follow up to my previous post entitled Welcome Back and What is Going on in the Library?! If I knew how much work all this would be, I’m not sure I would have ever taken it on. With that being said, I’m ecstatic about my own naivete! Top School Library Blogs One look at the titles of blogs narrated by school librarians reveals the evolution of a profession within an institution that is at a pivotal point. Charged with the vital duty of promoting digital literacy, today’s librarians are daring, unquiet, sassy and definitely e-literate. This list features the top school library blogs ordered by website popularity metrics and social media engagement including the number of websites that link to a blog and number of followers on Twitter. We commend these school librarians for taking the time to share their ideas, experiences, and advice with the school library community. If you would like to recommend a school library blog to add to this list, please contact us to help improve this resource.

School Library Connection Blog In today’s age of social media and instantaneous communication, the world seems smaller than ever before. With so many people across so many diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds in contact with one another—and often part of our school communities—it is important to acknowledge and promote a global perspective among young learners. This is particularly relevant for libraries, where diverse characters and stories can offer readers windows into the lives of characters very different from themselves.

ON LIBRARIES: Hilda K. Weisburg I decided to take my own advice and make time for fun (yes, that’s a professinal resolution. Read on to see that one) – and more time for me. My blog for this week is a repeat of the one I did for January 2, 2017. I am also going to take next week off. The Joyful Teacher Librarian (Melissa Thom) In 2015 I obtained my Library Media Specialist certificate through the ACES ARCLMS program and am currently working as a middle school teacher librarian at Bristow Middle School in West Hartford, Connecticut. The decision to leave the classroom and enter this field was somewhat unplanned but has turned out to be the job I was always meant to do. Read Janet Lee Carey's blogpost about the Bristow Library to see some of the exciting things that happen in the Bristow Library Learning Commons and Makerspace! Reading, books, author events, social studies, geography, tech tools and connecting people and ideas are a few of my passions.

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