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  • Information Literacy; programme evaluation; faculty expectations; engineering students; statistics

    Information Literacy Weblog
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    The proceedings of the 2014 IATUL conference, held in June 2014, include an information literacy session. These are full text papers, an interesting set:Determining Return on Investment: The Importance and Development of Statistics Collection for Information Literacy Training at CPUT by Janine Lockhart and Deborah Becker, Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyDoes IL Education Have an Impact on Undergraduate Engineering Students' Research Skills by Marja Talikka, Harri Eskelinen and Hanna Varri, Lappeenranta University of TechnologyGreat Expectations: Results from a Faculty Survey of…
  • Happy Anniversary "Star Spangled Banner!"

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    September 2014 Marks the 200th Anniversary of Our National AnthemThis month marks the 200th anniversary of "The Star Spangled Banner." Did you know that our national anthem has its roots in a poem and a drinking song? And that baseball played a role in its history?Share the story of how Francis Scott Key's poem became our national anthem. It's all in "Star Spangled Presidents" by Helen Kampion on the NCBLA's education website OurWhiteHouse.org! Click here to read the article.The website OurWhiteHouse.org is the online education companion to the NCBLA's award-winning anthology Our White House:…
  • A Closer Look at Close Reading

    Shanahan on Literacy
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    While I understand the purpose of close-reading I don't understand why you should take the time to read deeper into a document. Some things were written simply and what we now interpret as a symbol, may not have been intended to be a symbol. How can we as readers determine what is meant to be read into and what is to be left alone? Another thing that was mentioned in several of the comments was annotating being a strategy for close-reading. it is a great strategy I am not sure how to annotate, most of my annotations are personal reactions and summaries. How can I branch out and include more…
  • Read to Me – Creating Literacy Mentors

    First Book Blog
    Marissa Wasseluk
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Today’s guest blogger, Barbara Greenway, is the Founder and Director of The Read to Me Project. Students in the Read to Me Project & founder Barbara Greenway. When I ask the kids in my program how many of them struggle in school, half of their hands raise in the air. It can be frustrating to spend your day in an environment where you feel you can’t succeed. So it comes as no surprise that kids who struggle in school become disengaged, stop trying and drop out. We created the Read to Me Project to motivate kids to keep trying – and to break the cycle of low literacy in our…
  • Friends with books [Week, The (Oman)]

    Search for "children literacy"
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) While the wait for the country's first children's library continues, there are initiatives that are taking the books to the children. "It's about introducing them to the art of reading, purely for pleasure, to let them know books," said Anne Bouji, senior manager of book publishing for Sindbad Children's Mobile Library Project and Corporate Social Responsibility, Al Roya Press and Publishing House.
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Information Literacy; programme evaluation; faculty expectations; engineering students; statistics

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    The proceedings of the 2014 IATUL conference, held in June 2014, include an information literacy session. These are full text papers, an interesting set:Determining Return on Investment: The Importance and Development of Statistics Collection for Information Literacy Training at CPUT by Janine Lockhart and Deborah Becker, Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyDoes IL Education Have an Impact on Undergraduate Engineering Students' Research Skills by Marja Talikka, Harri Eskelinen and Hanna Varri, Lappeenranta University of TechnologyGreat Expectations: Results from a Faculty Survey of…
  • Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A history professor and a librarian co-author a new article which calls for less concentration on big data solutions, and more attention to creative and open engagement with data. There is a section on the History Harvest project, in which students curate and digitize artifacts for open access.Thomas, W.G. and Lorang, E. (2014, 15 September) The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education. EDUCAUSE review online. http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/other-end-scale-rethinking-digital-experience-higher-educationPhoto by Sheila Webber: Bicycle cart you can rent,…
  • 2015 Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Awards call for nominations

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The 2015 Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is now taking nominations for the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award and the LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award, closing January 15, 2015. Award winners will receive a $1,000 (US) cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference. As far as I can see you do not have to be North American. For full details go to http://www.ala.org/lirt/awards
  • Younger Americans and Public Libraries report

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Younger Americans and Public Libraries is a Pew Research Internet Project report that "pulls together several years of research into the role of libraries in the lives of Americans and their communities with a special focus on Millennials". It looks at things like attitudes to, and use of, public libraries and books, use of internet and social media, participation/ consumption of other media and activities (i.e. it does not just look at libraries in isolation). Three age ranges are identified and described: ages 16-17; 18-24; and 25-29. They also note, however, that age is not the only factor…
  • Techniques for Student Engagement in Library Instruction

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    There is a priced online workshop running from 6 to 31 October, Techniques for Student Engagement in Library Instruction. The teacher is John Doherty and it costs $175 (US). "In this four-week, online workshop we will examine a variety of student engagement techniques, focusing on Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning, problem solving, and metacognition. Over the course of four weeks we will examine up to 10 of these techniques and how they can be applied in traditional, blended, and online classes. We will especially uncover approaches that will work for one shot library sessions. In groups we will…
 
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • Happy Anniversary "Star Spangled Banner!"

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    September 2014 Marks the 200th Anniversary of Our National AnthemThis month marks the 200th anniversary of "The Star Spangled Banner." Did you know that our national anthem has its roots in a poem and a drinking song? And that baseball played a role in its history?Share the story of how Francis Scott Key's poem became our national anthem. It's all in "Star Spangled Presidents" by Helen Kampion on the NCBLA's education website OurWhiteHouse.org! Click here to read the article.The website OurWhiteHouse.org is the online education companion to the NCBLA's award-winning anthology Our White House:…
  • Writing Workshops in Northern Ohio

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Northern Ohio SCBWI to Host Three Fall Writing EventsThe Northern Ohio chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) invites adults interested in writing for young people to join them at their monthly workshops and annual conference. You do not need to be a member of SCBWI to attend.SCBWI is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults. It acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and…
  • Join Us at IN SEARCH OF WONDER October 17, 2014 in Perry, Ohio

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Top FIVE Reasons to Register for In Search of Wonder: Common Core & MoreIllustration (c) Steven KelloggTeachers, principals, librarians, parents, students of education and library science, book lovers--you are ALL invited to register for the NCBLA's upcoming literary event In Search of Wonder: Common Core & More to be held Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Perry, Ohio.  But WHY should you take a day to attend? We are so glad you asked!FIVE FAMOUS AUTHORS! Sit back and hear firsthand the inspiring, wise, and often witty words of five of America's most…
  • Back to School

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Great Tips for Reducing the Stress of Going Back to School Grown-ups begin a new year on January 1st, but for kids the new year begins on the first day of school. Although kids love to "hate" school, many are truly eager to learn, to get back to their school, its social scene, and its reassuring routine. New kids in town, oldest children, kids transitioning from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school, or kids with learning or behavioral challenges, may feel a little anxious when the new school year rolls around.Our job as parents is to raise our children to be…
  • Back to School

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Teachers! Set The Stage for Great WritingMany kids think of writing as a burden and a chore rather than as a pleasurable experience. Here are some suggestions to help you motivate your students to get them writing.    Professional writers choose their own topics and story ideas; they write about things they care about. In our current test oppressive culture, students have little opportunity to choose their own writing topics. Whenever possible, offer your students choices within a given writing assignment. If, after being given a writing assignment, a student comes up with a…
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • A Closer Look at Close Reading

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    While I understand the purpose of close-reading I don't understand why you should take the time to read deeper into a document. Some things were written simply and what we now interpret as a symbol, may not have been intended to be a symbol. How can we as readers determine what is meant to be read into and what is to be left alone? Another thing that was mentioned in several of the comments was annotating being a strategy for close-reading. it is a great strategy I am not sure how to annotate, most of my annotations are personal reactions and summaries. How can I branch out and include more…
  • Independent Reading Levels are Problematic, Too

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I am looking for research articles on how reading at your independent level helps increase your reading ability.  And I am looking for articles that talk about the volume of reading necessary to make gains in reading.  Do you know of a couple articles on these topics?Also, which journals do you recommend:  Reading Teacher and Journal of Literacy Research?  I will be using these to do some research for my county. I am looking for articles that are teacher friendly and easier to read. There is a body of research that explores the impact of reading on various outcomes…
  • La Dolch List Vita: Achieving the Good Life with Words

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I was looking through your site hoping you would have information on the purpose and use of the Dolch word lists. I often see teachers spending time assessing students on their ability to read the lists.  Often, this information is placed on the report card and does not drive teacher instruction. I'm really looking for guidance on the true purpose of the Dolch lists, and wondering if students need to be tested on these words each trimester. Reading Street is our core program and has the high-frequency words embedded into the direct instruction with opportunities to check for mastery and…
  • To Teach Comprehension Strategies or Not to Teach Them

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    I don’t hear anything about comprehension strategies anymore. Was that idea just another fad or are should we still teach those?Your question raises an interesting point about American reading instruction. We tend to chase fads. Instead of building on past reforms and improvements we instead ride the pendulum back and forth.Back in the 1970s and 1980s, there was lots of interest in teaching students how to think effectively about the ideas in texts. There was lots of research on how to engage prior knowledge, summarize information, ask questions, monitor understanding, and so on—and lots…
  • Distinguishing Exposition and Argument in Children's Writing

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I am a literacy coordinator. I was wondering how you would respond to a question I was asked recently by a second grade teacher.  "If an opinion is stated in a research [informative/explanatory] paper, does it change the purpose of the paper?" Thanks in advance for your time and your thoughts.Thanks (a lot). That’s the kind of question that they teach you about in speaker’s school. You are to describe it as an “interesting question”—while you stall hoping that a snappy answer will come to you. I must admit I was tempted to duck this one. Not because it isn’t a good question,…
 
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    First Book Blog

  • Read to Me – Creating Literacy Mentors

    Marissa Wasseluk
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Today’s guest blogger, Barbara Greenway, is the Founder and Director of The Read to Me Project. Students in the Read to Me Project & founder Barbara Greenway. When I ask the kids in my program how many of them struggle in school, half of their hands raise in the air. It can be frustrating to spend your day in an environment where you feel you can’t succeed. So it comes as no surprise that kids who struggle in school become disengaged, stop trying and drop out. We created the Read to Me Project to motivate kids to keep trying – and to break the cycle of low literacy in our…
  • Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

    Samantha McGinnis
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today’s guest blog post is by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on the importance of ensuring all educators and students have the books they need for back to school.  As an educator, there’s nothing quite like walking into the classroom on that first day of school. The fresh, expectant face of each child looking up at you, their minds like the pages of a new book—waiting to be opened. Teachers and school staff are in the business of opening minds, and there is no better way to do just that than through reading. Books are portholes to vast, new and…
  • 187 Reasons Why a Teacher Needs Books

    Julia Hornaday
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Today’s guest blogger, Sarah Kilway, wrote to us after receiving hundreds of new books for her students. We couldn’t resist sharing her story with you. I teach 187 kids at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center in Indianapolis, IN. The majority of my students live in poverty. Most have only one parent at home. Not many of my kids own books, nor were they read to as children. Even as 9th graders, they lack basic common knowledge of fairy tales, fables and iconic book characters. Our school has many great resources, but when something is lacking, my colleagues and I step in. This often means…
  • A Birthday Surprise: 420 Books for Kids

    Marissa Wasseluk
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Wendy Moore’s best friends couldn’t wait to give her a special surprise for her 50th birthday. To honor her great love for books, they set up a virtual book drive with First Book and collectively raised over $1200 to purchase brand-new books for kids in Wendy’s hometown of Wilson, NC. The need for books in Wilson County Schools is high. Located a little over an hour outside of Raleigh, the rural district ranks as Tier One community – a title reserved for the most distressed counties in the state. But Wilson residents like Wendy are committed to their children’s…
  • My Kids Need Books

    Julia Hornaday
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Today’s guest blogger, Adara Robbins, is 8th grade teacher at YES Prep Southwest, a public charter school in Houston, Texas. My students and I during after school study time. Where do you see yourself in five years? It’s a tough question. But imagine trying to answer if you didn’t know what your life would look like tomorrow – much less years from now. This my students’ reality. My 8th graders at YES Prep Southwest face the constant stress of poverty. They can’t be sure where they will sleep tomorrow. They have to take care of younger siblings, leaving limited time for…
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    Search for "children literacy"

  • Friends with books [Week, The (Oman)]

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) While the wait for the country's first children's library continues, there are initiatives that are taking the books to the children. "It's about introducing them to the art of reading, purely for pleasure, to let them know books," said Anne Bouji, senior manager of book publishing for Sindbad Children's Mobile Library Project and Corporate Social Responsibility, Al Roya Press and Publishing House.
  • Suicide prevention a health priority: Harsh Vardhan

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:58 am
    Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has expressed grief over the national loss in valuable human resources which is owed to the rising tendency of young people to commit suicide when facing seemingly unconquerable adversity. "The mounting incidence of suicide has become a public health issue of global importance as brought out by the World Health Organisation in a recent report.
  • Fairy-tale characters, superheroes a hit at literacy fair

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:31 am
    Trying to get your kids to sit still and listen? Want them to stay focused on learning to read? Georgie Nguyen, a 22-year-old senior at University of the Pacific, and a dozen or so of her classmates dressed up for the day and proved to be the most popular additions to the 17th annual Family Day. On a warm Saturday morning at University Park, she took time off from her studies to portray the Little Mermaid and held captive all the children who came her way.
  • LIU Hudson's Graduate Programs

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dr LePree, pharmaceutics program director at LIU Hudson, is uniquely qualified to mentor and advise students as they work to achieve their career goals.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Thomas Aquinas College has expanded its graduate degree offerings to include a Masters in Special Education with a specialization in Autism and an Online Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
 
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    WordPress Tag: Literacy

  • Homework This Week

    ngomulka306
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Literacy Homework For homework this week we would like you to design a front and back cover for your new version of The Papaya That Spoke. Will it be The Cucumber That Spoke? Or The Tangerine That Spoke? Whatever fruit or vegetable you chose, think about your new story and all its characters. Design a front cover for your story, with the title, your name and a picture. For your back cover we would like you to write a “blurb” telling people enough about your story to hook them in and make them want to read it! Don’t forget to use capital letters and full stops accurately in your blurb.
  • Caterpillars “Melt” Almost Completely Before Growing Into Butterflies in the Chrysalis

    texicana2013
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Daven Hiskery Today I found out caterpillars’ bodies “melt” almost completely before morphing into butterflies in the chrysalis. In order for the change from a caterpillar to a butterfly to take place within the pupa, the caterpillar begins releasing enzymes that literally digest nearly all of its own body.  What’s left inside the chrysalis is mostly just a very nutrient rich soup from which the butterfly will begin to form. It was thought until very recently that the caterpillar was completely converted to goo, excepting certain special cells necessary to create the butterfly…
  • Evidence for Connection

    danawalrath
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    In one of his lectures on the craft of writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, the great Tim Wynne
  • Help A Child In Need

    GE Williams
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    As you might already know, GE Williams is the founder of Parley Pioneers Inc., a non profit 501c3 organization that helps to keep individuals moving forward in Christ. The organization’s primary responsibility is to aid in the area of literacy. Recently, we have teamed up with ABC Tutoring and have started to use The Vocabulary Game with select students. In our effort to help, we are sponsoring children who can not afford tutoring but need it. GE Williams and Parley Pioneers need your help. Some of these children suffer from learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, Autism, Dyspraxia and…
  • No books?

    borenbooklady
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Yesterday while trying to drum up excitement about the Dewey Decimal System, I learned a painful truth. Something as painful as learning that horses can be located by the call number 636 and Greek mythology in 291. There are children that have no books at home. Some of my students go home to a literary wasteland. Yes, I already knew this, but every once in a while I am reminded. I am reminded that some students do not own books or have a bookshelf of their own. Some don’t even sleep in their own bed at night. They may be relegated to a couch or palette on the floor if they are lucky.
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