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Teen Librarian Toolbox — @TLT16 Pprofessional development for teen librarians How Collaboration Helps School Leaders Succeed School leaders can use online networks and communities for their own personal professional learning, and to support collaboration with staff across schools and districts. In “How Online Learning Communities Help Principals Collaborate and Succeed,” Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO, presented on the unique possibilities that online collaboration offers for personal professional learning and within schools, and how school leaders can use edWeb.net for online collaboration with staff. As a personal tool, school leaders can use online communities to expand their network. To support school and district professional learning and collaboration, Shannon Holden recommends school leaders use edWeb.net. Using the Browse edWebinars feature on edWeb, school leaders can search through over 1,300 edWebinar recordings by topic, community, keyword, or date and find recordings that fit their staffs’ professional learning needs. This broadcast was hosted by edWeb.net.

Book-A-Day Almanac Digital-ID - home Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog Helping Students Understand Media Literacy Students today are increasingly turning to online news sources to meet their research needs. Because of this, it is important for educators to teach students about trustworthy news sources. In “Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, interviewed Greg Toppo, the National Education and Demographics Reporter for USA Today, on today’s shifting trends in journalism and how teachers can help students identify reliable sources. “Is there such a thing as objective journalism?” It is also important to understand where good journalism comes from. In today’s world where so many people get their news through the internet, the news one sees on a daily basis can easily be filtered through clicks on a social feed. This broadcast was hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

Blog | Donalyn Miller This week, Scholastic announced its new global reading initiative, Open a World of Possible. Through education programs, print and online resources, and literacy events, the Open a World of Possible campaign promotes the importance of independent reading for children and provides tools to support and sustain independent reading initiatives in our home and school communities. On the Open a World of Possible website, you can: Watch the inspiring literacy campaign video written by National Student Poet, Sojourner Ahebee, and narrated by actress and mom, Sarah Jessica Parker and videos from kids, parents, and teachers celebrating their love for reading. Register for the November 6th Bigger Than Words webcast with Usher. Access Scholastic’s comprehensive reading research summary, The Joy and Power of Reading, and practical, research-based resources for parents and teachers. Reading Sent Me to the Principal’s Office The only time I went to the principal’s office was because of reading.

EdofICT - home Reading Across a Dozen Literacies This article will define each literacy while giving examples of "reading" within each category. It takes special skills to read a swamp or a beach or a desert area. These skills also differ from region to region as the flora and fauna shift. Most of us have heard of swimmers caught in rip tides because they did not know how to read the signs or of visitors enjoying tidal flats suddenly swept up in an incoming tide much larger than anything they knew back home. Artistic Literacy Anyone can look at a painting, a photograph or a movie. But looking, commenting, listening or sitting do not automatically translate into understanding. One can learn to read a photograph - understand its elements and interpret its meanings. Apply your own interpretive skills to this photograph by Rosie Hardy, Seven Deadly Sins, Pride : What choices did this photographer make in setting up the image? Students will observe and make personal decisions about abstract artworks using a four-step critique process: 1. 2. 3.

Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities It’s no secret that kids learn better when teachers provide learning activities that keep them engaged. Teachers work tirelessly to plan engaging lessons that capture and keep the interests of their students, thereby making content more accessible. However, teachers continue to feel the daunting pressure to compete for their students’ attention amidst the ever-evolving and rapidly-hanging mass media, social media, and entertainment industry, as these elements do a stellar job of keeping students highly engaged outside of the classroom. Although it is vitally important for us to know and understand our students' interests and the best conditions under which they learn, there is good news: It’s not necessary that we focus our efforts on competing with the devices and activities our students engage in during their downtime outside of the classroom! Nonetheless, students also want to enjoy learning. Let’s look at tools first. Student growth is a result of the practice, not the product.

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