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School Libraries and Information Literacy hot topics

newFuture learning and school libraries was recently released by the Australian School Library Association Inc. It supports discussion and visioning for collaborative future learning in schools.

newEbooks for learning and leisure – see the November issue of Scan for articles about an exciting ebooks project, including how students created ebooks. View the test project report.

newNMC Horizon report 2012 K-12 edition identifies key  trends likely to impact education in the coming months and years. Issues discussed include mobile devices and apps, tablet technology, game-based learning, personal learning environments and augmented reality.  

Australian House of Representatives
Inquiry into school libraries and teacher librarians in Australian schools report is now available. View Terms of reference, Submissions,  Programs and transcripts for Public hearings and Media releases.

Visit the joint ASLA and ALIA What a difference a school library makes wiki. View the 10 point checklist as a reflection of expectations of school libraries and teacher librarians.

  Envisioning school libraries: School libraries 21c, Dr Ross Todd’s and Lyn Hay’s report of the of the 2009 School libraries 21C online discussion, is available. School libraries 21C: the conversation begins, the executive summary of the report, is also available. See also related background reading for the discussion, School libraries building capacity for student learning 21C by Lyn Hay & Colleen Foley, and the complete Research column and Currents.

 Interested in iPad use for educational purposes? You may wish to view information from In their hands – iPads for learning trial. And watch this space for more information, including articles about e-resources in Scan (November 2010) and resource reviews in Scan and the online database of reviews.

21C pedagogy and 21C skills. See page 11 of Equipping every learner for the 21st century. Consider how teacher librarians collaborate to support project- and inquiry-based learning along with self-directed learning and lifelong learning. Information literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, and ICT literacy are recognised 21st century skills. See ISP matrix K-6 and ISP matrix 7-10 for ideas to support developing these skills.

Digital literacy across the curriculum
See Futurelab’s latest handbook, which aims to introduce educational practitioners to the concepts and contexts of digital literacy and to support them in developing their own practice of digital literacy in the classroom. The handbook is supported by video case studies of digital literacy in practice.

Digital literacy. What is it and what are the implications for teacher librarians? Explore definitions and common ideas offered by the Danish Technological Institute, the Library at University of Illinois, and Wikipedia. What role can teacher librarians play in developing digital citizens?

  The New York Times article, The future of reading: In web age, library job gets update, provides interesting ideas about the ways teacher librarians can support reading and information literacy in a connected learning environment. Thanks to Ruth Buchanan for pointing us to this article.

Howard Rheingold's SocialMediaClassroom video shows a version of what connected classrooms might look like. Rheingold challenges educators to teach the literacies required to use, manipulate, engage with, and create knowledge using social media tools. He suggests this is more important than being a technological expert for every emerging tool. The video runs for eight minutes.

Read the British Library press release, Pioneering research shows Google Generation is a myth, and the linked report on Information behaviour of the researcher of the future.

The American Association of School Librarians has launched Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.This document affirms the importance of school libraries, and reinforces the significance of information literacy skills.

The updated 2008 (third edition) of School Libraries work! Research Foundation Paper from Scholastic Library Publishing also reinforces the power of information literacy and the key role of school libraries in student learning.

 Curriculum planning and programming with COGs
A guided tour of the Curriculum Planning and Programming materials is now available, as is the first of a series of Professional Learning Communities on the Teaching and lLearning Exchange (TaLe), Curriculum planning and programming with COGs, which includes a focus on assessment practices when working with COGs. To access the guided tour and PLC go to the site
Curriculum Planning, Programming, Assessing & Reporting to Parents K-12

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