How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries

The CoolCatTeacher

Carolyn Foote on episode 578 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Many schools are reimagining the learning spaces that some call libraries or media centers. Carolyn Foote takes us to the center of this trend to take us inside how she redesigned her learning space and the thought process behind it. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

How to Hold Better Meetings

The CoolCatTeacher

He also talks about how to improve communication between administrators and teachers (including how to get people to read your emails.). Listen to the Show. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Enter to Win! He founded and is executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. Enter to Win!

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How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Amanda Johnson on Episode 493 While we have to finish well, those of us who are returning to another year as an educator have to look forward to plan. Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she’s going to improve her library even more this summer.

How to Assess Digital Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

On my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher , I run a column called Dear Otto where I answer teacher questions about how to integrate technology into their classes. Of late, the most common question is, “How to I assess student digital literacy?” To use tech in classes.

Edcamp Library Promise Goes Virtual

Digital Promise

During this pandemic year, we have grown to understand the value and importance of staying connected as an educator and librarian community. School librarians serve teachers, students, and families by providing access to information in a variety of formats.

How to Encourage Youth Leadership on Your Campus

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how you can improve your student council, implement a microgrant program to spur creativity and conservation, and encourage all students to participate in school leadership from Dean J. Remember to use COOL20 to receive 20% off your course.

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How to get started with hybrid teaching

Neo LMS

Having taught the majority of the school year in a hybrid environment, it took time to adjust to teaching online and deciding which methods or tools to use. Think about the space you want to create for students to communicate and feel part of the learning community.

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The Making of the Modern Librarian: The Value of School Libraries

eSchool News

A lesson on how to create a podcast. A tutorial on how to create a paper circuit board that uses LED lights. For a new generation of educators, these pursuits have something in common: They’re all appropriate learning exercises that can take place in the school library.

Tech Tip #66–How to Add Accents

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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This is how you build the library of the future

eSchool News

Media specialists operating within the demands of 21 st -century innovation find themselves tasked with the responsibility not only to be as tech-savvy as possible, but to tap into their creativity to create an inspiring library learning environment. The 4 C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) will drive our pioneering approach to developing the libraries of the future.

How to Use Diigo’s New Outlining Tool: Social Bookmarking Made Easy

The CoolCatTeacher

But how? Before students write, have them turn in their outlines to you. I teach how to get a private link for the outline. If you still want it in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, I even show you how to export your outline! Then, why do we have students printing a fifty page Wikipedia article or a 10-page document to verify one quotation? You can even link Diigo to other services like Evernote using IFTTT.com. But how? How to Guides.

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15 Diverse Books for Kids to Include In Your Classroom Library

Waterford

It’s crucial to provide your students with books that explore a diverse breadth of identities and experience for two reasons, both of which tie into equity and access. And second, it encourages your students to read about and empathize with people who have different lives than their own.

How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to see students excited? Want to see them run to class? The fifth graders had an optional meeting at 7 am where they could come to school to meet the other kids half a world away. Kids came early to school so they could meet other kids! Learners love to meet learners in other classrooms, but how can you make it simple ? I like to connect my students with experts and other classrooms. These are OER and ready for you to use.).

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Incorporate STEM Trends into Your Library Makerspace.

How to Put Kindness in Your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kindness is exactly what it sounds like — being friendly, generous, and considerate to others whether or not you think they deserve it. It’s not a payoff to someone who treated you well; it’s an attitude that seeps into every action in a person’s life. It’s unfortunate to note that some don’t see kindness in their homes. You must always have your antenna up, noticing when you need to intervene to tweak actions.

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How to Talk to a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology in the classroom changed from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’. Students researched online as often as in the library. Techies often forget to eat, or ate everything in their snack stash and need more. Find a clever tie-in to your topic.

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How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

Edudemic

In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology. In addition, librarians actively seek out new means for creative expression and intellectual growth for student library users, and frequently volunteer as early adopters of these exciting resources. The post How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries appeared first on Edudemic.

How to Manage Student Devices for Remote Learning

Digital Promise

As schools across the country have rapidly shifted to distance learning due to school closures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19), students have been sent home with school-issued devices like laptops or tablets so they can continue their learning from home.

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How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Created by LitWorld , past years have found over 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another. For many, this is a rare opportunity to hear the passion of a well-told story and fall in love with tales where hearing them reaches listeners on a level nothing else can. Read to each other.

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How to Provide Help

Digital Promise

Understanding the appropriate way to seek out help is not a skill every student has. Teachers want to provide help in a way that develops students’ self-awareness and self-efficacy, but that’s complicated, too. When assignments get tough, it can feel impossible to give each student the individualized insight and tools she needs. One solution to these dilemmas is for educators to weave “help” into the fabric of their classrooms.

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How to Build a Summer Reading List for Your Incoming Students

Waterford

School may be out, but it’s still important to keep students reading and learning over the break. Assigning a summer reading list to your incoming students can be a helpful way to prepare kids for the next school year and limit literacy-related summer learning loss.

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How to Create Powerful Intergenerational Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

In this blog post, Kim describes her unique approach to Powerful Learning. We combine an indoor/outdoor classroom approach with intergenerational programming, providing a unique environment for our students to build community with the “Grands” (what we call the senior residents at Andrus) and staff. We’ll role-play scenarios like having a conversation with someone with hearing loss; my students then learn to speak loudly, clearly, and slowly without sounding patronizing.

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COVID-19 Is Forever Changing How Students Experience Libraries

Edsurge

There’s a ritual that kicks off every new quarter in Michelle Luhtala’s library at New Canaan High School, one where English teachers send a gaggle of students through her doors to pick a new batch of books. But how they execute their vision undoubtedly has.

How to Be an Ally in the Library: Recommend More Black Authors

Edsurge

While I’ve always considered myself an ally for my black students and others who have been marginalized, I’ve taken this moment to more closely examine what that means, and I know I’ve come up short. I’m saddened by that, and I’m learning to sit with the tough emotions.

How to transform a library into a makerspace

eSchool News

In a recent edWebinar , hosted by edWeb.net, Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, and Donna Burns, technology integrator, both from New Canaan High School (NCHS) in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace. Making learning more real for students allows them to learn better in a much more energized school,” said Luhtala.

Public Libraries Can Improve Remote Learning. Here’s How.

Edsurge

At the moment, school districts across the country are grappling with the decision of whether to return to face-to-face instruction. It is important to note that teachers and schools offered from March through May was, in most cases, not best practice online learning.

How to Teach With Videos

Ask a Tech Teacher

I reviewed mysimpleshow , a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video. The days of checking books out of the library, traditional style lecturing, and writing papers with a pen are continuously becoming pastimes. Academia is transforming in a way that responds to most of its younger inhabitants: digital natives who have a knack for technology. To Assess Your Students.

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What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.) Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space. The library is popular again!

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20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

How to Keep Kids Safe

The CoolCatTeacher

Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. If you’ve ever taught kids who have their own smartphones, you know how quickly social media problems can escalate at school. In today’s podcast, Shannon and I talk about what schools can do to prevent problems and make them less severe when they happen. Listen to the Audio. How to start conversations about digital citizenship with colleagues who are resistant to including it in the curriculum.

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Fascinating library project has students award peace prize

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This piece is the first in our new monthly series focusing on Innovative School Libraries and Librarians. Be sure to keep checking back during the month of August for new library-focused articles!]. The Barrow Peace Prize is a cross-curricular project that allows 2 nd -grade students to consider the character traits of peace and extend their voices to a global audience.

7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything. Whether you’re already having genius hour at your school or you want to get started, this blog post will give you ideas for getting started with genius hour, no matter the age or grade. This young man made an app for his genius hour at school and has some great feedback to help us teachers revise and improve genius hour. ” They want to do work for an audience.

20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I want to challenge your thinking about your summer. So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. You’ll find the same content in slightly different form so you can read or listen to this content. Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! We have to think differently about summer.

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Facing declines in reading proficiency, rural libraries step in

The Hechinger Report

Three years ago, Darlene Thomas-Burroughs, branch manager of the Hardeeville Library in the rural town of Hardeeville, South Carolina, heard about a new way that library employees could help kids boost their reading scores.

Your Guide to Preventing and Responding to School Bullies

Waterford

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded by PACER to eradicate bullying across the country. According to school bullying statistics, 37% of children report having been bullied before, but only 31% of this number reported it to an adult.[5] 5] This means that although nearly two-fifths of all children will be bullied at some point, you may not hear about it unless you’re aware and make an effort to stop it. Virginia Libraries, 2018, 63(1).

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