Introducing TED-Ed: Lessons worth sharing

TED (Ideas worth spreading) is a nonprofit group known for streaming 18 minute video lectures about big ideas have opened a new YouTube channel called TED-Ed (education). TED-Ed is for teachers and professors as a source of high quality educational videos with customizable lessons. The educational videos are produced by collaborations between educators and animators. Users can distribute lessons, publicly or privately and tract their impact.

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Introducing TED-Ed: Lessons worth sharing.


21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning Links

Teacher librarians (TL) have used extensively in the past resource based learning (RBL). Teacher librarians implementing RBL have been able to introduce information literacy across the curriculum and facilitate resource-based learning activities to develop an information literate school community. Teacher librarians implementing RBL select learning resources to support classroom programs according to the various student learning needs and styles. The School Library Association of Queensland (SLAQ) (2008) provide guidelines for resource based learning.

21st century curriculum is a new paradigm for content delivery as it is based on learning outcomes and has a proactive student learning approach methodology. Students build collectively relationship networks while synthesizing information and demonstrating self reliance.

21st century student skills are collaboration, critical thinking, communication and problem solving.

21st century learning teaches students how to read words and images while they simultaneously communicate and interact. It provides strategies to engage students in thinking and knowledge construction. Several strategies that are useful are inquiry cycles, thinking routines, tools to make thinking visible, reflecting on understanding, building ideas and inquiry models.

21st Century constructivist learning (also known as connectivism )places more emphasis on the student as a learner than the teacher as an instructor. This means the role of the TL has expanded. The two examples of constructivist learning are inquiry learning and project based learning.

Inquiry based learning is defined in different ways by researchers and practitioners. The focus of inquiry-based learning is on the students using a range of skills and abilities to complete a task or solve a problem. Collins et. al. (2008) specifies five challenges for implementing inquiry based learning are motivation, accessibility of the investigation technique, background knowledge, management of extended activities and practical constraints of the learning context. Further information on inquiry based learning is available at

Project Based Learning (PBL) is not just group work. In PBL the students learn the content material while completing the project. PBL is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real life problems and challenges.

PBL Links

youtube video on PBL Project Based Learning

PBL Project Based Learning. BIE began to conduct professional development workshops to help teachers use PBL effectively. Demand for these workshops has grown over the years, especially since 2009, and now BIE National Faculty members conduct over 100 PBL workshops a year across the United States to K-14 educators. In 2009 BIE published the first volume in its PBL Toolkit series, the PBL Starter Kit. In 2011 it published the second volume, PBL in the Elementary Grades.

10 tips assessment -project based learning resource guideThis classroom guide is intended to inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. The tips are organized to follow the arc of a project. First comes planning, then the launch into active learning, and then a culminating presentation. Reflection is the final stage

Introduction to Project Based Learning

Online resource for PBL Welcome to PBL-Online, a one stop solution for Project Based Learning! You’ll find all the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students.

Educational Origami is a blog and a wiki, about 21st Century Teaching and Learning.This wiki is not just about the integration of technology into the classroom, though this is certainly a critical area, it is about shifting our educational paradigm. The world is not as simple as saying teachers are digital immigrants and students digital natives. In fact, we know that exposure to technology changes the brains of those exposed to it. The longer and stronger the exposure and the more intense the emotions the use of the technology or its content evokes, the more profound the change. This technology is increasingly ubiquitous. We have to change how we teach, how we assess, what we teach, when we teach it, where we are teaching it, and with what.

Designing your Project Design principles for effective Project Based Learning. PBL-Online will guide you through the development of engaging, standards-focused projects. When you are ready, you can download a Project Planning Form to write down your project plan. Or, log in to the PBL-Online Collaboratory to record your project ideas and share them with others.

Inquiry Based Learning Links

Inquiry Based Learning? One pedagogical approach to teaching and learning that many schools use is inquiry learning. The VELS supports an inquiry learning approach encouraging students to ask key questions for investigation throughout the domains.

Inquiry Learning page at the TL Center website has a vast amount of references on this learning theory framework. A list of these are: keywords regarding inquiry learning; reference books; reference journal articles; websites/web resources; essential open web resources and inquiry based lessons and strategies books, journals and websites. Guided Inquiry learning and teaching strives to make learning more interactive and connected to everyday students’ lives. As such, inquiry based learning is a more student centered way of learning that uses teachers as facilitators of knowledge. The intended audience for this wiki is educators. This wiki intends to supply educators with resources in which they can do further reading and research about the topic.

Guided Inquiry is carefully planned, closely supervised targeted interventions of an instructional team of school librarians and teachers to guide students through curriculum based inquiry units that build deep knowledge and deep understanding of a curriculum topic, and gradually lead towards independent learning. It is grounded in a constructivist approach to learning, based on the Information Search Process developed by Professor Emerita Dr Carol Kuhlthau’s extensive research over a twenty year period.

Standards for the 21st century learner. Inquiry provides a framework for learning. To become an independent learners,, students must gain not only the skills but also the disposition to use those skills, along with a understanding of their own responsibilities and self assessment strategies. Combined, these four elements build a learner who can thrive in a complex information environment.

21st Century learning Links

Dimensions of learning – Dimensions of Learning is a comprehensive model that uses what researchers and theorists know about learning to define the learning process. Its premise is that five types of thinking — what we call the five dimensions of learning — are essential to successful learning. The Dimensions framework will help you to maintain a focus on learning; study the learning process; and plan curriculum, instruction, and assessment that takes into account the five critical aspects of learning.

The institute for Habits of Mind – We welcome you to the Institute for Habits of Mind. Here you will be joining a network of people who are interested in learning about the Habits of Mind, developing the habits in their workplaces, and seeking opportunities for learning interdependently and internationally. This site is a dynamic resource providing services from certified Institute Professional Developers, products developed by people in the field, and facilitating the exchange of practices. Check out the free resources.

Effect of a Model for Critical Thinking on Student Achievement – This study investigated the effect of integrating Richard Paul’s model for critical thinking into a U.S. history course on community college students’ 1) abilities to think critically about U.S. history and about everyday issues, 2) dispositions toward thinking critically, and 3) knowledge of history content. This study also examined if age (under 22, 22 and older) or gender moderated the effectiveness of the instructional method.

21st Century Fluency Project An innovative resource designed to cultivate 21st century fluencies, while fostering engagement and adventure in the learning experience. This resource is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced educators and entrepreneurs who have united to share their experience and ideas, and create a project geared toward making learning relevant to life in our new digital age. Our purpose is to develop exceptional resources to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st Century. At the core of this project are our Curriculum Integration Kits – engaging, challenge based learning modules designed to cultivate the essential 21st Century Fluencies within the context of the required curriculum.

Accountability of TL practice and effectiveness of ‘school libraries’


Accountability of TL practice and effectiveness

Indentifying and implementing educational practices supported by rigorous evidence: A user friendly guide CRT study vs Comparison Study (qausi-expermental design)

LRS: Library research service. Assessed Aug. 12, 2005

Student Learning through Ohio School Libraries : The Ohio Research Study
Research: The value of School Libraries in learning Several links to article in relation to school libraries. Also link to LONSDALE report (2003), it identifies the need for research that links school libraries to student achievement in Australia.

The Value of School Libraries in Learning 2011 Softlink Survey

School libraries work. A research foundation paper 3rd editions

School Library “Action Research” Daniel Callison

The Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement: Exploring the School Library Impact Studies

Addressed by Becky Robinson School media specialist at Galesburg’s Lombard Middle School and president of the Alliance Library System’s board, presented the findings of the study “Powerful Libraries Make Powerful Learners” to the Illinois State Board of Education.

2006 School Library Media Study
Student Learning Through Wisconsin School Library Media Centers. Wisconsin Departmnent of Public intruction.

13,000 Kids Can't Be Wrong A new Ohio study shows how school libraries help students learnBy Debra Lau Whelan — School Library Journal, 02/01/2004 Review of the OHIO survey about school libraries

Gordon, Carol “A Study of Three-Dimensional Action Research: A Training Model for School Library Media Programs.” School Library Media Research 9 (2006).

Where to find evidence-based interventions
The What Works Clearinghouse WWC Established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, and the public with a central,independent, and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

The Promising Practices Network Web site highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Blueprints for Violence Prevention is a national violence prevention initiative to identify programs that are effective in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression,
delinquency, and substance abuse.

The International Campbell Collaboration offers a registry of systematic reviews of evidence on the effects of interventions in the social, behavioral, and educational arenas.

Social Programs That Work offers a series of papers developed by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy on social programs that are backed by rigorous evidence of effectiveness.

Evaluating Media Programs

The school library media specialist: Evaluation
Ontario Library Associations’s Teacher Librarian Toolkit website has information on “Evidence Based Practice” and contains a number of forms that can be used to evaluate circulation and incidences of collaboration. Ontario’s district education office asks library media specialists to analyse the data from the following evidence:

Circulation statistics:
Number of print materials circulated
AV materials circulated
In-library circulation of print
In-library circulation AV materials
AV equipment circulated

Classes held/hosted
Drop in users
Computer lab
After hours
Other uses

Number of books acquired and deleted
Number of AV materials acquired and deleted
Number of software programs acquired and deleted

Leadership team activities:
List any building/district committees on which
you have served and your role on them.

Collecting data for evaluation of library media programs by asking library uses to complete surveys and participate in focus groups is an effective means to assess their impact on student learning. Doug Johnson presents the following survey questions for a qualitative assessment of library evidence. A 1-4 likert scale can be used for questions 1 to 12 and from 13 to 15 open ended responses are required.

Student Survey Questions
1. I feel I can help decide what activities, rules and materials are a part of the library media center.
2. The media specialist lets me know when there are new materials or things to do in the media center.
3. There are enough books and other materials in the media center that I can get what I need.
4. I can find the books, computer software and other materials in the media center I need. I can understand them easily.
5. The materials in the media center are easy to find, are in good condition, and are up-to-date.
6. I think the skills I learn in the media center are important. I use them in class or at home as well as in the media center.
7. I can use the media center whenever I need to.
8. The media specialist helps me with my questions.
9. The media specialist is always there when I need help.
10. I feel welcome and comfortable in the media center.
11. I can get my work done in the media center.
12. I use technology in the media center to help me answer my questions.

13. The thing I like best about the library media center is:
14. One thing that could be changed about the library media center is:
15. Other comments or observations:
Surveys can also be conducted with teacher, administrators and parents using tools such as “survey monkey”.

Evaluating media programs Links
Demonstrating our impact Doug Johnson
OHIO Research Study

Britannica out of print?

Redefining Research
After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica has decided to halt the presses and go out of print. Facing the realities and the stiff competition from Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica will now focus primarily on their online services. But even then, it might be too late. Wikipedia has grown to be the number one source for students. In fact, many students will stop research and change topics if it’s not on Wikipedia

Wikipedia’s popularity and the below infographic presents an enlightening comparison of Wikipedia to libraries. However, the statistics of this infographic in relation to errors per article are very close to that of Britannica’s in their encyclopedia. Anyone can edit articles on Wikipedia so it is not to our benefit as accurate information professionals not to carefully scrutinize the genuine credibility of the information provided.


A “School Library Post” by Joyce Kasman Valenza discusses the emerging importance of inforgraphic. Infographics are hard to avoid. As media messages, they have taken hold in the marketing and business worlds. Infographics also present new opportunities for construction of knowledge. I’ve been fascinated by the potential for infographics as an assessment of student learning and understanding
The following is an direct reference from VOYA (librarian Journal) article

‘Infographics as an Infolit Product’ by Joyce Kasman Valenza.

“Because they are so viral, infographics present fertile tools for media literacy instruction and deconstruction. Our students will be expected to make sense of these visual texts in their lives outside of school. They will need to know how statistics are used and how they are massaged. Though they may look authoritative, some of the infographics we encounter are created by people who are not necessarily experts in data and its analysis. Source links, generally listed on the bottom of most infographics, vary in quality.

Students + Evidence = Impact!!!

Evidence Based Practice
When classroom teachers and teacher librarians are collaborating on activities to impact student learning, it makes sense to collect data about the effectiveness of the activity. Data may be collected daily, weekly, monthly, or other regular measures. Techniques may include real-time tracking and periodic gathering. Examples of real-time tracking would be website hits and student borrowings of related respective research materials. Examples of periodic gathering of evidence are surveys, statistics from assessment marks, lesson plans, photos, learning logs and samples of student work or portfolios. This ‘Evidence Based Practice’ (EBP) is important for Teacher Librarians to reflect on their practise to improve students’ learning.

EBP can demonstrate the worth of library media program impacts student performance. A presentation of a teacher librarian Deb Logan at the Association of American School Librarians (AASL) conference 2010 elaborates on lessons learnt from her EBP on the relationship of her personal practise as a teacher librarian and student learning. The following PowerPoint “Students + Evidence = Impact” is a study of what she learnt through her reflective practise as a teacher librarian.

AASL Students + Evidence = Impact
PowerPoint. Resources from Deb Logan's AASL Presenation. →→→→→→→→→→→open PowerPoint....

Deb Blogan’s complete presentation………..

Evidence-Based Practice Links
Building Evidence-Based Practice through Action Research
Keeping Up With the Research Linking School Library Media Center Programs to Achievement
School Library Media Programs and Academic Achievement-Power Point Presentations
Making Library Programs Count: Where’s the Evidence?Charting the Preferred Future for Your School Library Excellent table listing all evidence.