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Welz, Krista – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Many educators may view use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) as a new trend that has emerged in various school districts, especially those OERs that are (Common Core State Standards) CCSS-aligned. However, OERs certainly aren't new to education. Many educators have been using these types of materials since the late 1990s (Godwin 2016).…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services, Library Materials
Wiliams, Philip – Knowledge Quest, 2017
School libraries play a powerful role in enabling, informing, and sustaining student agency, and nothing engages and motivates students more deeply than enabling them to become the active agents in the process of learning. Students with agency are powerful learners who are prepared to engage with the world with sustained, courageous curiosity.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Role, Active Learning, Individual Characteristics
Easley, Michelle – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Personalized learning is defined as "tailoring learning for each student's strengths, needs, and interests--including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn-- to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible". Personalized learning offers school librarians a way to…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Individualized Instruction, Educational Environment, Program Effectiveness
Fleishhacker, Joy – Knowledge Quest, 2017
By providing a wide selection of high-quality materials that will grab the attention of individual readers, school libraries can play an integral part in initiating and supporting student agency and a student-centered approach to learning. Such materials should not only address and expand upon what kids are learning in the classroom, but also…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Materials, Library Development, Science Materials
Alvarez, Vivian – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Besides being a social experience, tabletop games can serve as intrinsic educational tools that tap into students' needs and interests, inspiring them to find motivation in applying new knowledge to their academic work. Why? Because, as with school, every game has a very specific set of rules by which participants must abide. Experiences with…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Public Libraries, Educational Games, Video Games
Martin, Crystle – Knowledge Quest, 2017
A growing body of research focuses on the impact of video games and coding on learning. The research often elevates learning the technical skills associated with video games and coding or the importance of problem solving and computational thinking, which are, of course, necessary and relevant. However, the literature less often explores how young…
Descriptors: Video Games, Coding, Youth Programs, Youth Opportunities
Lambert, Nancy Jo – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article describes how Nancy Jo Lambert, a school librarian, implemented a flexible library schedule at elementary schools in which she worked collaboratively with classroom teachers. After observing students removing bookmarks from the middle of their books in order to turn the books in by the due date or because their fixed library schedule…
Descriptors: Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Elementary School Teachers, Librarians
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Potter, Tonya; Johnson, Kara – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Students look to their school library to find new books, seek information, creatively solve problems, and use technology. School libraries play an essential role in students' academic growth and development of lifelong learning skills. All of the wonderful resources and services that school libraries provide are easily accessible to the population…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Public Libraries, Users (Information), Library Services
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Henley, William – Knowledge Quest, 2017
William Henley shares how his first-day experience as a new English teacher influenced him to do everything in his power as a graduate student to mitigate the same first-day terror as a school librarian. He knew he had to get as much practical experience with school libraries as possible. These experiences added layers of invaluable context to…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Science, School Libraries, Experience
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Rothman, Allison – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Demands for school technology innovations, implementation of 1:1 device models, and increased interest in digital media highlight complicated issues such as funding, equity, and decision making for e-book collection development and programming in school libraries. School librarians considering purchase of e-books for school libraries still cannot…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, School Libraries, Public Schools, Educational Technology
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Altman, Susan – Knowledge Quest, 2017
In this article, Susan Altman shares her experience of working as a library assistant at Forest Heights Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, while taking classes in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program at the nearby University of South Carolina. She discusses getting acquainted with the students, faculty and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, School Personnel, Elementary Schools, Library Education
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Reade, Tripp – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Tripp Reade is the school librarian at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. This article describes how he redesigned his school's library orientation program after learning about escape rooms and a variant known as puzzle rooms. Puzzle rooms present players with a set of challenges to solve; they require "teamwork,…
Descriptors: Puzzles, Library Instruction, School Libraries, Teamwork
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Sannwald, Suzanne – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Suzanne Sannwald is the school librarian at West Hills High School in the Grossmont Union High School District, in San Diego's East County region. While working for a couple of years in a corporate setting prior to her current position, Sannwald learned about everything from organizational development and leadership to marketing and customer…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Users (Information), Librarians, Library Services
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Altobelli, Rachel – Knowledge Quest, 2017
It's easy to imagine no gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) students are at a given school, and, therefore, no need exists to court controversy and potential challenges by providing LGBTQ materials. LGBTQ students are everywhere, though, and they are at increased risk for a host of issues, including bullying, assault, and…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Library Materials, Library Services
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Dooly, Dustin L. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
We seem to instinctively crave information that confirms our biases. Rather than learning knowable things, we shrink inside ourselves and hunker down with the familiar, comfortable information that feeds our narrative of what we think we know, of how we think the world works. Students do not naturally know how to open up their perspective to other…
Descriptors: Information Seeking, Information Literacy, Empathy, Interpersonal Relationship
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