Have you been wondering how to increase the rigor within an inquiry approach? Inquiry learning is the premier way to accomplish the Common Core State Standards, but inquiry can seem like a very loose and open way to teach and learn. How do you ensure that your students achieve the rigor necessary to attain college and career readiness through an inquiry approach? The Guided Inquiry Design program holds the key to rigor in inquiry.
eBooks present exciting opportunities for educators. Yet the possibilities can be overwhelming and confusing. In this webinar, presenters shared 50 quick, practical, and proven tips for using eBooks effectively in the curriculum. A panel of four experienced educators presented fast-paced rounds of their own eBook tips as well as proven tips submitted from other educators.
Meaningful inquiry learning can be exciting and fun for students as they explore, discover, and stretch their intellect and skills. It can also be terrifying and challenging as there are no simple answers or cookie cutter paths to success. Students must wrestle with complex issues and use and further develop all of their thinking and problem-solving abilities. Effective inquiry engages students in making connections and constructing knowledge.
The inquiry based nature of the Common Core Standards requires students demonstrate proficiency in research skills. However, students seldom have a clear understanding of how to differentiate fact-finding overviews from targeted and detailed evidence collection. This month’s Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb.net presented by Michelle Luhtala explored methods for developing instruction that helps students understand the difference.
In this month’s Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb.net, presenter Michelle Luhtala explored instructional strategies to help teachers teach the Common Core, embed the standards in their own instructional programs,. She also discussed effective strategies to help parents better understand how to help their children meet the standards.
The quality of a thesis statement determines the quality of an essay. A powerful, or at least clear, thesis statement makes for a powerful, or at least clear, essay. In this webinar, Joyce Armstrong Carroll of Abydos Learning International, presented research-based criteria for writing a sound thesis.
In the past there had been little communication between the Library Media Services department and IT. Changes in leadership have led to new ideas of how to collaborate and find creative solutions to issues. With an iPad deployment to teachers and multiple carts for students, it was determined that these two groups needed to work together as it was more than any one department could handle.
Every school setting has different opportunities and challenges for library programs. However, regardless of situation, it really helps to have a clear vision of where you want to be. In this webinar, Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz shared the next steps for designing, creating, and managing a systematic Big6/Super3 Common Core K-12 information & technology skills instructional program.
The 2013 Banned Websites Awareness Day slogan is “Let the Kids be the Filter!” But they need to be taught how. This toolkit of replicable ideas will equip educators with valuable instructional resources to accomplish that, featuring lessons to help students critically evaluate their search results.
Valerie Gross shared a simple strategy that aims to make you, your library, and the entire profession indispensable by eradicating all misconceptions. Attendees learned that it does not require changing anything we do, but rather modifying what we say. Using strategic vocabulary, we have the power to convey precisely what libraries are: a timeless, economic imperative that merits immense respect and maximized funding.
Not if, but when your school turns to mobile learning, will your library be ready? In this webinar, attendees learned how to mobilize their library program. Michelle Luhtala told attendees what services could improve teaching and learning, how mobile learning can expand your library’s reach, and what apps facilitate information and communications technology instruction.
E-content and mobile technology transform the role of the librarian and notion of library. Participants of this webinar were given the tools to rethink library as a hybrid platform and explore options for addressing ubiquitous portable service, instruction, and resources.
As the Common Core State Standards take on an increasingly important role in our schools, school librarians and school library resources can play a key role in this transition. In this webinar, presenters Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna discussed how the changing standards are a great opportunity to advocate for the valuable role that school libraries play.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are upon us. As we are in a time of great transition with these new expectations, we can react with dismay or see it as a grand opportunity for change. These standards tell us what to teach but do not tell us how. This is the opportunity. Right now, we have a chance to shift to the needs of today’s learners through an inquiry approach.
Back in the day, it was a librarian’s job to Acquire, Collect, Organize, Retrieve, and Disseminate (ACORD) information. Now, traditional library administration responsibilities, like cataloging, are more important than ever in the digital landscape. Acquisitions and materials selection decisions are far more complex than they used to be.
Professional development is an important part of the process for teachers working in grades K – 12. Librarians should play an important role in this facilitation according to the AASL Standards.
Flipped Learning is a buzzword in many classrooms; with mobile technology you can access a variety of educational material without ever setting foot in a building. Does that mean you can flip a library?
In this webinar, presenter Michelle Luhtala talks about mobile learning in the library and it’s relationship to eContent. In the hour long session, Michelle discussed how the tools we use to access eContent impact school library services.
eBooks, eContent, and eReaders, oh my! With so many e’s it can be hard to tell one from the other. In this webinar, presenter Michelle Luhtala explored and explained the various formats of digital content. Michelle discussed what to consider when selecting a format and an effective plan for transitioning to digital content.
How do we create an environment of inquiry? Perhaps by walking alongside our students as they process through their information seeking, much as a mentor would accompany an apprentice? Attendees learned how to help students through the information search process using a research model that provides a step-by-step process for guiding the research.
“We need more time!”, “We need time to apply what we learn.”, and “Professional development should be differentiated.” are common laments among educators about district-provided professional development. Can emerging technology provide what we need to make professional development more effective for teachers and students?
Good news! The Common Core standards in math and English/language arts are infused with information & technology skills expectations. However, while it is relatively easy to develop and teach lessons on specific skills, it is more challenging to design and implement a comprehensive program that ensures that every student in every grade learns an identified set of Common Core information & technology skills.
One main goal of Guided Inquiry is to have our students increase their awareness of learning how they learn. How do we help students to become aware of their own learning through the inquiry process? How do teachers assess this learning?
In this webinar, the power of global collaboration in education was demonstrated. This session was a collaborative effort, and everyone is invited to participate! Dan Ambrosio, Shannon Miller, and Beverly Rannow joined Michelle in sharing experiences with global collaboration.