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Hurd, Molly – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Halifax Independent School is a small K-9 school where children learn in multi-age groups and in a setting where all the core subjects are integrated into the study of interesting themes such as Oceans, Nova Scotia, and Living Things. These themes last a whole year, involve the whole elementary school, and are designed to cover traditional subject…
Descriptors: Literacy, Geology, Mixed Age Grouping, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Karen E. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
With the changes in school library spaces and school librarians' roles, there has never been a more extraordinary time to be a librarian. However, one thing will never change even in these dynamic times; librarians are still the driving force behind strong reading programs and fostering that love of reading. How do librarians create a culture of…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Interests, School Libraries, Library Role
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Sierra, Kristin – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The author has always loved libraries. She has has always loved books and the experience of learning. Her idea of the best kind of library has changed over the years. Encouraging reading is just a part of what the 21st-century school library does. As a fledgling school librarian just starting to learn how to fly, the author wanted to create a nest…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, School Libraries, Library Services, Librarians
Giffard, Sue – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The scenario that the author encountered when she began working in her present position was not unusual for an elementary school library: the students study a culture, and the librarian reads the stories of that culture to them to enrich the study and to make the culture come alive. The fourth-graders studied the Maya in the fall and the ancient…
Descriptors: Story Telling, School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students
Petty, Pamela – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Storytelling is a craft that takes "talking" to the level of "telling." The cleverest of teachers know these tricks. In this article the author presents the art of storytelling and why it is so important, especially in the educational environment of national standards and standardized testing.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Relevance (Education), Educational Environment, National Standards
Cahill, Maria; Bigheart, Jennifer – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Parents and caregivers can maximize children's engagement with educational television programming by co-viewing and discussing concepts and issues during and following episodes, and parents and caregivers can poach ideas and processes from these programs and apply them to their own interactions with children. School librarians might also consider…
Descriptors: Educational Television, Story Telling, Educational Benefits, School Libraries
Moreillon, Judi – Knowledge Quest, 2016
For school librarians, being part of a "connected" community provides support for getting specific needs met, solving personally relevant and meaningful problems, and developing professional expertise. AASL provides many avenues for members of the profession to learn with and from one another. These include AASL and subgroup electronic…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Professional Development, Communities of Practice
Paganelli, Andrea – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Storytime is an important fixture in many school libraries that helps foster students' reading abilities. With a history of success, why would librarians want to alter storytime by incorporating technology? This article discusses how Laura Fleming, a long-time school librarian, addressed decreased student engagement in traditional reading…
Descriptors: Story Reading, Reading Aloud to Others, School Libraries, Reading Ability
Smollar, Sally – Knowledge Quest, 2016
As an elementary school librarian, Sally Smollar has had access to the latest technologies since document scanners were considered cutting edge. Even then, allowing students to scan images to insert into their stories was a game changer. Since those days, Smollar writes that she has never stopped experimenting with various platforms and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, School Libraries, Librarians, Story Telling
Lyon, George Ella – Knowledge Quest, 2016
If adult attention is screen scrambled, what about kids, whose brains are still developing? In a world where we are over stimulated and hyperlinked-in we are deprived of the kind of time with a person or experience that deepens and sustains us. Here, poet laureate George Ella Lyon writes that the story circle can be such an experience. A school…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Story Reading, Attention, Time Management
Abilock, Rigele; Abilock, Debbie – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In April 2015, U.S. House Representatives Luke Messer and Jared Polis introduced the bipartisan Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015, designed to significantly restrict how online education vendors can exploit the personal data of students who use their products. For some, the bill does not go far enough. It is evident that…
Descriptors: Privacy, Parent Rights, Federal Legislation, Safety
Agosto, Denise E.; Abbas, June – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In thinking about teens and online risks, school librarians need to know researchers generally agree that, despite the popular image of pedophiles and criminals lurking online waiting to harm innocent young people, in reality social media use is only about as risky as most everyday social interactions in the offline world (Agosto and Abbas 2013).…
Descriptors: Social Media, Safety, Adolescents, Internet
Bray, Marty – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Forsyth County Schools (FCS) is a rapidly growing school district just north of Atlanta, Georgia. It has approximately 45,000 students and is one of the top-ranked school districts in the state with a graduation rate of 94 percent and test scores to match this excellent graduation rate. The district has long been known as a leader in the area of…
Descriptors: Privacy, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, School Districts
Miller, Beth – Knowledge Quest, 2016
This article addresses the question of what app or website is appropriate for teachers to use for classroom instruction. While most school districts have safety policies related to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) implemented by means of software and district firewalls, this…
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Web Sites, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Security
Adams, Helen R. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The purpose of "Choose Privacy Week" is to encourage a national conversation to raise awareness of the growing threats to personal privacy online and in day-to-day life. The 2016 Choose Privacy Week theme is "respecting individuals' privacy," with an emphasis on minors' privacy. A plethora of issues relating to minors' privacy…
Descriptors: Privacy, Consciousness Raising, Internet, Child Safety
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