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  • Report from #ecil2014 - Ross Todd

    Information Literacy Weblog
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Ross Todd, one of the invited speakers, is talking next at the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik, on Collaborative Inquiry In Digital Information Environments: Expanding Perspectives on Information. He is Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) http://cissl.rutgers.edu/. He said he was troubled in "in-house territorial battleground for intellectual possession" and the multiplicity of models, which he felt was a "model media". Additionally he felt that information literacy needed better theoretical foundations and that there…
  • Would you rather have $50,000 or $25,000? Explaining the impact of full-day kindergarten

    Shanahan on Literacy
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
                 Lots of interest, all of a sudden, in full-day kindergarten… I’ve had several questions about that scheme during the past few days. I’m not sure why, but it is well worth discussing yet again.             What I’ve been asked has varied, but it always seems to come back to, “Is full-day kindergarten better than half-day kindergarten?” I get why that is being asked, and I’m too polite to sneer openly, but what a silly question.
  • Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

    First Book Blog
    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • Art for art's sake boosts learning in our schools

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    22 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    A real-life Pope Francis appears and blesses the Mayo football team, hoping to lift the curse that has supposedly bedevilled the county since they last won the All Ireland in 1951. Dr Eva from Operation Transformation appears on film to advise the Mayo team to eat pumpkin seeds, while another character travels by time machine to 1951.
  • On Writing

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    kellysnotebook
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Author’s Note: Originally, I published this on my classroom blog so my students could see my h
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Report from #ecil2014 - Ross Todd

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Ross Todd, one of the invited speakers, is talking next at the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik, on Collaborative Inquiry In Digital Information Environments: Expanding Perspectives on Information. He is Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) http://cissl.rutgers.edu/. He said he was troubled in "in-house territorial battleground for intellectual possession" and the multiplicity of models, which he felt was a "model media". Additionally he felt that information literacy needed better theoretical foundations and that there…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - The representation of information and media literacy in Icelandic educational legislation, policy documents and in the curricula of Icelandic upper secondary schools

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Catching up on a talk just now in the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik, Thordis T Thorarinsdottir and Augusta Palsdottir had authored Upstairs - Downstairs. The representation of information and media literacy in Icelandic educational legislation, policy documents and in the curricula of Icelandic upper secondary schoolsThe speaker started by outlining some information about Iceland and its educational systems, noting the impact of the economic crisis in the late 2000s. In terms of the aims of the talk, I will be lazy and copy from the programme "The main aim of…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Social Networking Literacy

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    I'm still liveblogging from the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik. Next for me was a paper by John Gathegi Social Networking Literacy: Re-balancing Sharing, Privacy, and Legal Observance. His focus was social media sharing amongst young people. He started by defining Social Media Networking. A distinguishing feature is the "public display of connections" which the speaker said is in a quest to build social capital. Motivations include entertainment, information sharing (including private information about themselves), showing off etc. and people are able to manage…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Exploring Threshold Concepts in Scholarly Communications as Portals to Doctoral Student Success

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Next from the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik, Sharon Mader talked about Exploring Threshold Concepts in Scholarly Communications as Portals to Doctoral Student Success. Mader was presenting emerging findings from a pilot study at the University of New Orleans, which aims to identify difficulties doctoral students have in understanding scholarly communication concepts. She is using a a threshold concept approach.Mader started by explaining threshold concepts and talked about research studies which identify threshold concepts in "doctorateness" (stumbling or…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Transferability of information and data literacy beyond higher education

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    A shaky start to my liveblogging from the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik this morning. I was delivering a talk (with Bill Johnston, I will post about that later) at 9am, and I'm afraid I took a little break after that to boost myself with coffee. Therefore I missed the first part of the panel from Stephane Goldstein, Ralph Catts, Jane Secker and Geoff Walton on Transferability of information and data literacy beyond higher education and can't do it justice. However, to report on the part I attended: one thing was that a new membership organisation was being…
 
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Would you rather have $50,000 or $25,000? Explaining the impact of full-day kindergarten

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
                 Lots of interest, all of a sudden, in full-day kindergarten… I’ve had several questions about that scheme during the past few days. I’m not sure why, but it is well worth discussing yet again.             What I’ve been asked has varied, but it always seems to come back to, “Is full-day kindergarten better than half-day kindergarten?” I get why that is being asked, and I’m too polite to sneer openly, but what a silly question.
  • A George By Any Other Name: Guided Reading and the Common Core

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Once when visiting the Big Easy, a young woman who had clearly been over-served, stopped me and said, “You’re that guy.”I smiled, bemused, unsure what to say. Now her friends had fanned out around me.“You’re that guy. You’re that guy on TV.”My grin grew downright idiotic. At first I tried to explain that I wasn’t “that guy,” but that just seemed to convince them even more that I must be. They insisted.I never figured out who she thought I was, but I copped to it, and thanked her for her support and asked her to keep watching. I’m pretty sure she had me confused with…
  • Final Notes on Washington Post Article on Complex Text Requirements

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Last week I replied to some of the remarks about text complexity that were made on the Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post column. Here are a couple more.Fountas and Pinnell are stating what is their take on what the Common Core standards say. What the standards say and what their supporters are advocating are not necessarily the same thing. I think this statement is fully in agreement with what I have said above.  "But standards do not usually prescribe that students must spend all their time reading texts that are extremely hard for them, with no access to books that will help…
  • Snappy Responses on Challenging Text Debate

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last week, Valerie Strauss devoted her Washington Post space to an article challenging idea of teaching with challenging text, including my articles. The posting got lots of response showing fundamental misunderstandings of the issues on this. I am reprinting some of those responses along with my rejoinders to those. I will continue this over the next couple of entries since I think it will help teachers and parents to understand what this issue is about.Basically, many reading experts have claimed that it is necessary or optimum to teach students using texts that are at the students’…
  • Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
                My father, who had no more than an eighth grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And, this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper.             But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)…
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  • Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • Five First Book Favorites

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Here at First Book, we love books (surprise, surprise) and love sharing great books with friends like you. Starting today, we’ll share a new list of the books each month that our book enthusiasts on staff can’t stop raving about!  You’ll find books full of rich illustrations, diverse characters and compelling tales that span multiple age ranges. And if you serve kids in need, you can access these books through the First Book Marketplace by signing up. PreK-K (Ages 2-5): My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words  written and illustrated by Sophie Fatus The Palabra family has…
  • On Creativity and Culture: Yuyi Morales

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we had the opportunity to talk with the award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales about why she became an author and illustrator, the role of children’s books in understanding and celebrating cultures and her new book, “Viva Frida.” Click here to read this blog in Spanish. What led you to become a children’s book author and illustrator? Photo Credit: Antonio Turok Soon after I immigrated to the USA in 1994, I found myself with my newborn at the doorsteps of the public library. I had never before seen a place with the treasures…
  • First Book and ALAS: Better Serving Latino Youth

    Samantha McGinnis
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Veronica Rivera serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), which leads at the national level to ensure every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth. She recently joined us for a Q&A session to discuss ALAS’s new partnership with First Book, how schools can better serve Latino youth, specifically English language learners from low-income families, and why culturally relevant books play an important role. Q:  Why is ALAS’s new partnership with First Book…
  • Great Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Samantha McGinnis
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A celebration of culture, Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to teach kids about the value of diversity and to encourage Latino and non-Latino youth alike to take pride in the accomplishments of Hispanic trailblazers. Over the past year, First Book has cultivated a world-class collection of books featuring diverse Latino authors, illustrators and characters, thanks to support from our friends at Disney. We’ve also connected with more schools and programs serving Hispanic kids in need. We recently gathered our friends and partners to find out how they are celebrating Hispanic…
 
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  • Art for art's sake boosts learning in our schools

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    A real-life Pope Francis appears and blesses the Mayo football team, hoping to lift the curse that has supposedly bedevilled the county since they last won the All Ireland in 1951. Dr Eva from Operation Transformation appears on film to advise the Mayo team to eat pumpkin seeds, while another character travels by time machine to 1951.
  • Counselors with 1,000 students are swamped, one says in complaint to Duval superintendent

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    In recent years the school has grown in the number of low-income children, children just learning to speak English, and children who need emotional or behavioral help. Nussbaum said some children are coping with crime, some with a parent's death, and other traumas.
  • Campbell couple's haunted house returns with new frights

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Photograph courtesy of Mike Heijman Mike and Lisa Heijmans are turning their house into a haunted house for charity this Halloween. Donations will go toward Raise a Reader.
  • Yamaguchi gathers skating friends for fund-raiser

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi join other skating stars Nov. 2 in a fundraiser for Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation. Nothing like calling on some old friends for a get together.
  • Sunnyvale: With armory's closure, homeless occupy Fair Oaks Park

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    On one side, homeless men, women and children with nowhere else to go for the night, who hope to get some rest before the next day. On the other side are Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officers, who must uphold the city's ordinances, including not allowing camping overnight in parks.
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  • On Writing

    kellysnotebook
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Author’s Note: Originally, I published this on my classroom blog so my students could see my h
  • Make a QR code vocabulary display

    mrmcarthur
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    QR codes have been around for ages and they can be really useful in the classroom. The idea behind them is that a code can be generated which then links to something (text, picture, website etc.) so that when the code is scanned with a phone or tablet the user is taken directly to the media that the code is linked to. There are plenty of ways to use QR codes in the classroom, but one I particularly like is creating an interactive vocabulary display. We have just finished reading Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, and I asked my pupils to note down any vocabulary they were unsure of. They then…
  • Create an ebook

    mrmcarthur
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Book Creator is fairly self explanatory in that it allows you and your pupils to create your own ebook and publish it to iBooks. Obviously, you can add video, pictures and audio recordings to your books, and your pupils can even draw their own pictures straight on to the iPad. I’ve used it for a variety of things such as making a maths dictionary (complete with video explanations and screencasts), science reports (including pictures or videos of the investigations) and even a learning journal over the entire year. Pupils love looking at each others books and sharing them with their parents.
  • 4 Ideas for Halloween in Your Classroom

    kellyharmon
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Halloween falls on a Friday this year and I predict it is going to be a crazy day. Students love to celebrate holidays at school, especially Halloween. Here are some ideas to celebrate Halloween and still get in instruction. 1. Spooky Reading Day Create excitement and spook by inviting your students to bring flash lights and umbrellas to read under in the dark! Last year, my students read their ghost stories from their literature circles under their umbrellas and used flashlights to illuminate the pages. We had silent and partner reading during this time. It was spooktacular! 2. Book…
  • Book Day

    kwithington
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Today we have dressed up as a book character to celebrate our love of reading. Below you can read the books we made about the day using the app, Book Creator. Let us know what you think about them.
 
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