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  • More #iFutures

    Information Literacy Weblog
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Proceedings from the iFutures University of Sheffield Information School doctoral conference (held yesterday) have been published: there are some full papers, and abstracts of a couple of the papers and of most of the posters. Go to: https://conferencepapers.shef.ac.uk/index.php/iFutures/2014/schedConf/presentations Additionally, the workshop powerpoint of my colleague Professor Paul Clough (on Research beyond academia) has been published: linked from http://ifutures.group.shef.ac.uk/schedule.htmlPhoto by Sheila Webber: Hydrangea, July 2014
  • Attention Coaches, Counselors, Mentors!

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Great Ideas for Connecting Kids to Books this Summer, Especially for Coaches, Counselors, and Mentors Grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbors, coaches, scout and camp councilors, youth volunteers—all of you have far more influence on the kids in your life than you know. And you have enormous influence on the children and teens that have parents who, for whatever reason, are unable to fulfill their parental responsibilities. Your position is free of even ordinary parental/child/teen tension, and because of that, your leadership and friendship are hugely meaningful, especially to…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read -- Part IV, Success

    Shanahan on Literacy
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Previously, I described how I taught my daughters about print, sight vocabulary, phonological awareness, phonics, and early writing skills, while fostering their interest in being literate—all essential to learning to read. But they still could not read.While I was doing this at home, I was teaching undergrad teacher candidates at the university. My nascent teachers were puzzled: E. could read 25 words, knew her letter sounds, and could print using invented spelling (her best friend was named “KD”, for instance). Why couldn’t she read?They assumed that knowing the letter sounds meant…
  • Out-of-This-World Books!

    First Book Blog
    Marissa Wasseluk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    The Apollo XI moon landing celebrated its 45th anniversary this past Sunday. First Book is celebrating this momentous event with some of our favorite space-inspired books:  1. Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape–any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also…
  • Only way is up as Furness Academy in Barrow helps pupils achieve

    Search for "children literacy"
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    PUPILS and staff of a Barrow secondary school are eager for the community to come and see their vibrant activities and share their facilities.
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • More #iFutures

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Proceedings from the iFutures University of Sheffield Information School doctoral conference (held yesterday) have been published: there are some full papers, and abstracts of a couple of the papers and of most of the posters. Go to: https://conferencepapers.shef.ac.uk/index.php/iFutures/2014/schedConf/presentations Additionally, the workshop powerpoint of my colleague Professor Paul Clough (on Research beyond academia) has been published: linked from http://ifutures.group.shef.ac.uk/schedule.htmlPhoto by Sheila Webber: Hydrangea, July 2014
  • Disseminating your Research to Maximise Impact #ifutures

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Today is the iFutures conference, organised by and for doctoral students. It is the annual doctoral conference in my department, the Information School at Sheffield University, and I am doing a workshop for it this afternoon. This is my powerpoint! Disseminating your Research to Maximise Impact from Sheila Webber
  • 75 lecciones aprendidas en programas de ALFIN en Iberoamérica

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    On 22 July 2014 at 20.00 in Argentin and Brazil (other times see below), a free webinar in Spanish. It reports on an investigation into lessons learnet from information literacy programmes in South America, led by Alejandro Uribe Tirado. "Se hablará de las 75 lecciones aprendidas identificadas, categorizadas según cuatro grandes componentes, para que a modo de guía puedan ser utilizadas por los bibliotecólogos iberoamericanos en el diseño y mejoramiento de sus programas de formación en Alfabetización Informacional." At 20.00 (GMT -3hs. Argentina y Brasil), 19.00 (GMT -4hs. Bolivia,…
  • My forthcoming talks

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    A bit of shameless self promotion: I have added a page on this blog (see tabs above)with information about my upcoming presentations. So, I might as well publicise the ones for July and August here! I am also speaking at several events in September and October.22 July 2014: Ifutures Conference (a conference organised for PhD students, by our PhD students), here at Sheffield University, UK. I'm giving a Workshop on Disseminating your Research to Maximise Impact (mostly talking about using social media etc.: I'll post the slides to Slideshare shortly)15 August 2014: IFLA Information Literacy…
  • Paul Zurkowski video #lilac14

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Paul Zurkowski is widely credited with coining the term "information literacy" (regular readers will remember fangirl moments when he was keynote at last year's ECIL). He produced a 13 minute video for the LILAC 2014 conference. In it he talks about the early years of the Information Industry Association and how he came to talk about infolit. He goes on to discuss the problem of information overload and his plans for the Information Action Coalition.
 
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • Attention Coaches, Counselors, Mentors!

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Great Ideas for Connecting Kids to Books this Summer, Especially for Coaches, Counselors, and Mentors Grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbors, coaches, scout and camp councilors, youth volunteers—all of you have far more influence on the kids in your life than you know. And you have enormous influence on the children and teens that have parents who, for whatever reason, are unable to fulfill their parental responsibilities. Your position is free of even ordinary parental/child/teen tension, and because of that, your leadership and friendship are hugely meaningful, especially to…
  • Helping Your Kids Find the Right Books

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    Summer Reading Recommendations  from Authoritative Sources AboundWould you like to visit your local library or bookstore with a list of summer reading books for your kids in hand? Then check out inspiring recommendations from the following expert sources:To discover recommendations for fiction and nonfiction books for kids aged 0 through 9, visit Reading Rockets' Reading Adventure Packs for Families.For summer reading adventures for young people aged 9 through 18, visit AdLit.org's Summer Fun list. For a list of books for kids of all ages, visit the Summer Reading From the Horn Book…
  • Prevent the Summer Reading Slide!

    20 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    To Spark Summer Learning, Start with a Book!Need help coming up with ideas to keep your child reading and writing over the summer? Reading Rockets’ Start with a Book has some cool ideas to jump start your summer learning adventures: Strengthen kids’ literacy, inquiry, and problem-solving skills with a combination of great books and the easy hands-on activities Start with a Book offers in these science-themed activity packs.Use Start with a Book themes to plan reading and learning adventures in your own community. Take advantage of the related books, activities and apps selected…
  • Katerine Paterson On Set for GILLY

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Behind the Scenes During Filming of The Great Gilly HopkinsSophie Nelisse and Toby Turner act out a scene in the bus station. S. E. Hinton did it in the film adaptation of her novel The Outsiders. And Louis Sachar did it in the film version of his book Holes. Now Katherine Paterson has done it--she has filmed a cameo role in the movie version of her novel The Great Gilly Hopkins, the story of the brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable 11-year Gilly who is shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter. Katherine Paterson and Sophie Nelisse get direction for…
  • Massachusetts! Your Libraries Need You!

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    A Call to Action to Massachusetts Residents from Library AdvocatesDear Massachusetts Library Supporters:A Conference Committee – their names and contact info are at the end of this letter – has been appointed to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the FY15 State budget. Now is the critical time for all of us – librarians, trustees, friends, library users, anyone – to let members know it’s important to reverse some long-overdue library funding deficits. This year is a big opportunity. We must act, even if you never have before!!! The Western Massachusetts…
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Teaching My Daughters to Read -- Part IV, Success

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Previously, I described how I taught my daughters about print, sight vocabulary, phonological awareness, phonics, and early writing skills, while fostering their interest in being literate—all essential to learning to read. But they still could not read.While I was doing this at home, I was teaching undergrad teacher candidates at the university. My nascent teachers were puzzled: E. could read 25 words, knew her letter sounds, and could print using invented spelling (her best friend was named “KD”, for instance). Why couldn’t she read?They assumed that knowing the letter sounds meant…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read -- Part III, Phonics

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    And what about phonics?So far, I have explained the literacy environment, print awareness, and sight word teaching that were part of teaching my daughters to read, but phonics also played an important role.I have explained that my children were remembering words from their language experience stories. My teacher preparation students at the university asked me how many words my daughters would need to know before they could read; a very interesting question. In fact, there is no set number. Memorizing some words is always part of beginning reading, but reading is more than memorizing…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read -- Part II, Print Awareness

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Last week, I began a multi-part series on how I taught my daughters to read. My oldest daughter wryly replied to that entry, suggesting I could have saved a lot of pixels if I had just said that I hired a tutor…. And her son who just had his third birthday (and who did not read that entry) informed me that his goal for being 3-years-old was to read words.In that first entry, I described the literacy context in which my daughters grew up. Now, let’s turn to the more formal side of the teaching.When the girls were 2-3 years old, more explicit teaching was introduced. Each child was…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read; Part I -- Context

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Hi Dr. Shanahan,I couldn't help but notice in your latest blog post the mention of how you "remember vividly teaching your oldest daughter to read."  I am writing in hopes that you'd be willing to share - either with me or your readers on your blog - what you did (either in broad strokes or even specifics) to teach her to read.  I would not expect you to publicly endorse a program or approach nor am I asking you to divulge anything about your family publicly - I'm simply in the same position as a father of a four year old daughter and sincerely interested in how you approached this…
  • The New Bane of Beginning Reading Instruction: Phony Rigor

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I’m pro rigor. And I believe my bona fides are in order on that one. I’ve argued for teaching children to read very early for more than 40 years; even teaching my own kids to read before they entered school (and, yes, I’m working on the grandchildren already; their ages range from 5 months to 3-years-old). The time to teach young kids to read is when you become responsible for the child and not a moment earlier. I’m not a big fan of some of programs like “Teach Your Baby to Read,” but only because I don’t think their designs match what we know about teaching young’uns. I…
 
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    First Book Blog

  • Out-of-This-World Books!

    Marissa Wasseluk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    The Apollo XI moon landing celebrated its 45th anniversary this past Sunday. First Book is celebrating this momentous event with some of our favorite space-inspired books:  1. Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape–any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also…
  • The Joy of Giving Back

    Marissa Wasseluk
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    They each shared their reasons for being there – cherished memories of reading with a parent, the desire to instill a love of reading in their own kids, wanting to honor a father’s passion for education. It was the first task Joy Brooke, co-chair of First Book’s Seattle volunteer chapter, asked her members to complete. “Everyone had a story that led them to First Book. And everyone believed in the simple goal of getting books to kids,” said Joy. Joy herself was drawn to the idea of helping put new books into the homes of low-income families. As a teacher and a mother of two who is…
  • No Kid Hungry: Summer Feeding and Summer Fun

    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    For kids from low-income families, summer doesn’t always mean carefree fun. Many kids have fewer learning opportunities and parents often struggle to find safe, affordable childcare, making summer a time of stress and worry. For more than 21 million kids who rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year, summer is also a time of hunger. Forty three percent of families that rely on school meal programs find themselves without enough food when school is out. First Book knows kids need to be nourished in body and mind, during the summer and all year-round. That’s why First Book…
  • Summer Slide: It Adds Up

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Now in the thick of hot and sticky summer, the ring of the school bell has long left kids’ minds. And while three months may not seem like much, that time really adds up for kids who don’t have access to books or educational activities. Summer slide sets in, and without access to summer learning resources, kids fall behind. A study of students in Baltimore, MD showed that kids without access to books over the summer were behind their peers during the next school year. And as years passed, the effect accumulated.  By the end of 5th grade, kids in need were nearly three years…
  • Healthy Minds Mean Healthy Lives

    Samantha McGinnis
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Guest Blogger Chris Dobbins became Director of the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services on July 1 2013. Dobbins is a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force and is the former Health Director of the Gaston County Health Department.   Health departments throughout the country work diligently to help communities live healthful lives.  The Gaston County Department of Health in North Carolina is no exception.  Promoting fitness, encouraging healthy nutritional practices, preventing teen pregnancy and helping women during and after pregnancy are just some of the services we…
 
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  • Want to help kids access books?

    welcometomylibrary
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Tristan Bancks Recently I came across a fundraiser aiming to raise the literacy and learning of children in the developing world by providing them with local language books.  Author Tristan Bancks  is an ambassador for Room to Read, an organisation that builds libraries, supports literacy and creates local language books in developing countries. In the Room to Read World Change Challenge Tristan hopes to raise $20,000 for 20,000 books by 31st October 2014. Can you help? Each dollar raised puts a local language book in the hands of a child in a developing country. Room to Read envisions a…
  • Happier Starts: Tips for a Happier Read

    Mir Kamin
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite parts of summer is when my family goes camping… and a lot of people think that’s because I like camping. (It’d be a logical conclusion, but that’s not why.) I like camping because I love sitting outside with a good book, and even though I could do that at home, it feels more permissible in the middle of nowhere. Whether you and yours are dedicated bookworms already or you’re looking to amp up your reading habits, making reading happier is easier than you might think. 1) Do theme days. Looking to mix it up? Before you walk into the library the…
  • My Sunday

    maireadellen
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Got to work a little early today Had a mocha at Stratford to get me in the mood; it worked too. It’s so blimmin’ hot though, the kids are practically asleep during the lessons. I was looking forward to my Year 2 & 3 class today, they’re usually chipper and they adore me. Only two of my regular students showed though, two girls, and there were two new students in the class too. Everyone was so quiet and downbeat, it’s really a shame, especially as I’d planned something fun – posters about non-fiction texts. Oh well. I finish at 12, I’ll probably…
  • 14th - 18th July

    twoandtash
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    Slow wind down to the holidays. Kayne did 3 CM exercises this week, and a lot of fiddling with number patterns and using the compass. He also complete 8 exercises on EdPlace. Kayne also watched a lot of videos on BrainPop about Hitler and the 2nd world war. We went to the library and got some books out about the subject. We also signed up to the summer reading scheme. Kayne swam and went to ninjutsu.   He wrote about the things he has enjoyed this year and his goals for next year. We also had a talk about next year and looking further towards Year 7.
  • Using Computer Generated Worlds to Develop Locational Writing

    MrCottersClass
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    I know it’s the summer holidays but wanted to share some of the work we’ve done recently in class. As part of our summer theme, we looked at lots of myths originating from Ancient Greece. One of my aims was to develop their locational writing for their own myths and story writing in general. This year, we have used the Dreadful Menace – a video promoting the Sochi Winter Olympics: BBC’s Dreadful Menace From this, the children produced some incredible writing, describing the mountain using pathetic fallacy – a form of personification where nature takes on human…
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