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Rhondda Powling's Public Library

May 15, 16

"The executive summary of our research brief Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance highlights the six key findings from the report; presents findings from a poll of over 1,200 parents and teens examining how families feel about their mobile device use and how that use is affecting child-parent relationships; and offers advice for creating balance in this "always connected" world."

May 15, 16

Useful post about how to approach coaching peers. "Critical Conversations: Good coaching from another colleague is critical for several reasons. If a teacher is not supported, they will start to feel disillusioned about teaching. If this becomes a habit, it will be very difficult to motivate this teacher to become resilient and confident enough to handle the most challenging of classroom environments."

May 15, 16

Storify "Redesigning Thinking in Libraries with Hamish Curry
At this workshop hosted by School Library Assoc of Victoria, Hamish Curry of NoTosh guided library staff through a design thinking approach to exploring the future possibilities for their individual school libraries."

May 12, 16

"Makerspaces.com is made up of makers, geeks, educators, technology/stem leaders, library media specialists, librarians, school principals & superintendents, instructional technology specialists, edtech leaders, maker educators, makerspace operators, 3d printing enthusiasts, robotics club and so much more.
Our mission is to bring makerspaces into the educational system, so we can bring the educational system into the 21st century. "

May 12, 16

All libraary staff want to provide excellent library services for users, to be more integrated into the fabric of our communities, and to impact student engagement and achievement. This article looks at what you can do to improve your online presence to work towards accomplishing this. Recommendation: "Start small, learn from others, and make your online presence a priority. Your students, staff, and community deserve it!"

May 12, 16

These posters offer artists impressions of the library buildings - with no books, but plenty of architectural details.

May 12, 16

Wesley Fryer reflects on his daughter's foray into the digital world. "While Shelly and I acknowledge the risks Rachel is facing by publishing a YouTube channel and using social media channels like Twitter and Instagram, at this point I do think the benefits of her learning, literacy development, and identity formation outweigh them. Decisions like these are definitely going to vary by family and by parent. I’m thankful we have open lines of communication to continue talking about what she’s doing and encountering. It’s certainly a dynamic situation that could change at any time"

May 12, 16

A reflection about one school library faculty’s goal of creating a positive learning environment with space that would help students and teachers develop real-world connections and the approach they took to creating it. The ideas for the space included housing the collection, helping students and teachers collaborate, being a hub for learning with a flexible floor plan and supporting newly developing areas in educational technology. The school decided to create a learning commons to move beyond traditional thinking about libraries and respond to what the kids and teachers really needed. The faculty envisioned their environment to be developmentally appropriate for their young students, as well as to foster a sense of creativity, inspiration, and encourage dialogue and a sense of community. The new learning commons library offered more space for stacks, added conference rooms and a lounge area, but the learning commons concept informed more than the library. These design changes increase opportunities to be inspired by student work and performances and create stronger interpersonal connections among students and faculty.

May 11, 16

"Post has links to newspaper templates. it includes some good designs that students can choose from to create their own newspaper. They are all for Microsoft Word.

May 10, 16

Game-based learning offers an approach where learning and play aren’t at odds with each other; in fact, games are the vehicle and environment for learning.

May 10, 16

A way for students to create a more professional version of their work. Works (short/stories/poems) can be published using the ReadWriteThink Printing Press. It is interactive and uses 3 simple templates. Students can save their draft then share it or publish it when they are happy

May 10, 16

A how-to about creating digital blackout poems. "These can help struggling readers focus on the MOST important words in the poem to find the main idea/theme of the poem in a fun and artful way:" There is an example of how to use You Doodle as well as a non-technology option.

May 10, 16

This looks to be a promising app for ome of the students i work with who have difficulties with text but very good auditory and thinking skills.
"Mic Note is a free Android app that allows you to create voice recordings, text notes, and image-based notes on one concise notebook page. The notes that you record with your voice can be time-stamped by clicking on your Mic Note note page while you’re recording. You can also take notes without recording any audio. "

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