AASL launches where learning never ends digital storytelling contest CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites students to participate in a digital storytelling contest held as part of the 2015 celebration of School Library Month. The contest asks students to reflect on the 2015 theme, “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends” and create a story using a website recognized as an AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning. Special author guest judges – Susan Verde, Amy Ignatow, Trevor Pryce and Lauren Myracle – will review entries and determine contest winners. Winners will receive a set of books signed and personalized by the judging author.
School Library Annual Reports: Connecting the Dots Between Your Library And Student Learning My last principal used to call May "the month of mayhem." And for good reason. In the northern hemisphere anyway, May means warmer weather, antsy students (and teachers), testing, testing (and more testing), and a rapidly approaching end to yet another school year. For me, however, May also meant the creation of my annual report. Annual reports were never required in my district or by my principal, but after seeing the work of other librarians whose districts did require these types of reflections, I knew I wanted to make completing one for my library a part of my year end routine. Why in the world would I want to add this to my already full end of year plate?
information fluency model Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically. DIF involves knowing how digital information is different from print information; having the skills to use specialized tools for finding digital information; and developing the dispositions needed in the digital information environment. As teachers and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to achieve their information needs. Guest Post: The 21st Century School Library: Literacy in a New Era Posted by Jonathan Martin under Uncategorized | Tags: 21st c. Libraries, St. Gregory |  Comments The following essay was written by our new incoming Librarian and Director of Information Literacy, Laura Lee Calverley. She prepared this piece as part of her application for our position. Next week I intend to post excerpts from other essays we received in the course of our search.
How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom - Article This how-to article accompanies the feature "Film School: Making Movies From Storyboard to Screen." Storytelling is a vital skill with seemingly unlimited applications. Done well, it can have a magical effect -- moving, enlightening, or entertaining audiences of any size. We tell stories to woo lovers, calm children, or reassure ourselves. Lawyers rely on the power of storytelling to vividly re-create crimes to juries, archaeologists conjure former civilizations, and teachers make abstract concepts real to their students. Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning 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 role of this institution? “Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive public school Science Leadership Academy for many years. Laufenberg provided some insight into how she guided students to find their own learning paths at school, and enumerated some of these ideas at SXSWEdu last week.
Writing School Library Web Pages Resources for School Librarians - Index Menu for This Page: Design Ideas | Writing Your Page | Sample Sites Design Ideas Best Practices in School Library Website Design - by David Walbert. This is a discussion of issues which you should consider when planning your website or blog. Take Charge To Maximize Your Library’s Online Presence - An article by Len Bryan in School Library Journal, May, 2016. - Many suggestions if you are planning a new site or looking to improve your old one.
Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement By Debra E. Kachel and Keith Curry Lance on March 7, 2013 Illustration by David Flaherty. Imagine trying to teach kids how to swim in an empty pool. Books — Center for Digital Storytelling Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Communityby Joe Lambert4th Edition, 2013Published by RoutledgeISBN: 978-0-415-62703-0Paperback Price: $36.95 Buy Online. Listen deeply.
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) The following fun and engaging activities were designed to help you promote your library and engage youngsters at the same time! The contest, game, and scavenger hunt documents can be easily customized to suit your needs/library. Letterboxing | Poetry | Bookmark Contest | Mad Libs | Scavenger Hunts | Readers Theater "How to" Guide and Scripts | Letterboxing 15 Ways to Use Poetry @ your library® Poetry Programs @ your library® Internet Catalogue My principal approached me and asked me to take over the school library when the regularly licensed librarian retired. I had been teaching for twenty years at this point. Even though I was a licensed Social Studies teacher I had taught English, Reading, Science, Math and Computers. I had also written curriculum for my school district, the New York City Public System and Open Doors which was a School-Business Partnership in New York City. Aside from those endeavors I was also writing educational materials for a company that prepared publications for the utility industry.
Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading Rationale: Reading is a foundational skill for 21st-century learners. Guiding learners to become engaged and effective users of ideas and information and to appreciate literature requires that they develop as strategic readers who can comprehend, analyze, and evaluate text in both print and digital formats. Learners must also have opportunities to read for enjoyment as well as for information. School librarians are in a critical and unique position to partner with other educators to elevate the reading development of our nation’s youth. Reading skills involve thinking skills. The extent to which young people use information depends upon their ability to understand what they read, to integrate their understandings with what they already know, and to realize their unanswered questions.
Digital Storytelling Festival Contest Focus The focus of entries will build on the 2015 School Library Month theme, “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends.” How does your school library and/or your school librarian help you learn new things? How do the resources (print and digital) of your school library enhance learning? How do the skills acquired in the school library enable learning? How has/does the school librarian encourage learning?