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This page contains resources utilized in/inspirational to the IDEAcademy curriculum, as well as those that will continue to inform its evolution.


As resources grow (and time allows!), these resource links 

will migrate over to digital bookmarks organized by tags.



AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner 


ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-S) and Performance Indicators for Students


NETS-S Summary Rubric for 6-8 Grade Band


Applying Big6 Skills, AASL Standards and ISTE NETS to Internet Research by Janet Murray



21st Century Skills


Resources for L4L: Learning For Life - AASL's National Plan for Implementing Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (http://www.ala.org/aasl/learning4life)


Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action


The Partnership for 21st Century Skills


21st Century for Information Literacy (21cif.com)


Mueller, Jon. Assessing Critical Skills. Columbus, OH: Linworth Books, 2009.


CISSL: Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries:

  • Guided Inquiry
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Information Search Process


Project New Media Literacies (Comparative Media Studies @ MIT)


Highlighted Resources from the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) Page 




Brain-Based Learning & Other Learning Models


Jensen, Eric. Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching. CA: Corwin Press, 2008.


- - -. Brain-Compatible Strategies, 2nd ed. San Diego: The Brain Store, 2004.


- - -. Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.


- - -. Teaching with the Brain in Mind. Alexandria: ASCD, 1998.


Loertscher, David, Carol Koechlin, and Sandi Zwaan. Ban Those Bird Units: 15

     Models For Teaching and Learning in Information-Rich and Technology-Rich

     Environments. Salt Lake City: Hi Willow Research & Publishing, 2005.


- - -. Beyond Bird Units: 18 Models for Teaching and Learning in

     Information-Rich and Technology-Rich Environments. Salt Lake City: Hi

     Willow Research & Publishing , 2007.


- - -. The Big Think: Nine Metacognitive Strategies That Make the Unit End Just

     the Beginning of Learning. NYP [As of 10/20/2009]


Habits of Mind.net (Costa & Kallick)


Sykes, Judith Anne.  Brain Friendly School Libraries. Westport: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.


Elements of Great Teaching Based on Caines' Theory of Learning (Caine Learning Center): 

Three essential elements of teaching to engage natural learning based on combinations of the 12 brain/mind learning principles.


ARCS Model of Motivational Design (Keller) from Learning-Theories.com:

According to John Keller’s ARCS Model of Motivational Design, there are four steps for promoting and sustaining motivation in the learning process: Attention, Relevance, Confidence, Satisfaction (ARCS).


Schenck, Jeb, Ph. D. "Building the Memory Bank: Using Technology with Brain-Based Teaching Strategies to Improve Learning and Retention." Cable in the Classroom. March 2003: 18-23.


Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts (from Insightassessment.com)


Understanding by Design Exchange 


Wiggins, Grant T. and Jay Mc Tighe. Understanding by Design, 2nd ed. Alexandria: ASCD, 2005. 


What is Understanding by Design? - Grant Wiggins' Authentic Education Website


Understanding by Design: A Brief Introduction PP (iearn.org) 


Web Resources for Growing Into Inquiry (Questar)


Center for Dewey Studies



Information Literacy/Fluency Resources


AASL's Essential Links wiki: Resources for School Library Media Program Development


Rankin, Virginia. The Thoughtful Researcher: Teaching the Research Process to Middle School Students. Englewood, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, 1999.


Rankin, Virginia "using discussion to extend and enhance student research." Teacher Librarian 33.3 (2006): 8-12. Professional Development Collection. EBSCO.


Rankin, Virginia "One Route to Critical Thinking." School Library Journal 34.5 (1988): 28. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. EBSCO.


Mueller, Jon "Assessing Skill Development." Library Media Connection 27.3 (2008): 18-20. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO.


S.O.S. for Information Literacy


21st Century for Information Literacy (21cif.com)


TRAILS Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

Knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on sixth and ninth grade standards. The assessment items are based on the Ohio Academic Content Standards and Information Power.




Badke, William. "Ten Reasons to Teach Information Literacy for Credit." Online 32.6 (2008): 47-49. EBSCO Academic Search Complete.

The article discusses ten reasons why information literacy should become part of the university curriculum. According to the author, school administrators consider information literacy as remedial and not something that actually belongs in the mainstream curriculum. However, it is said that the elements of information literacy are foundational to the definition of education. Noted is the importance of information literacy to the effective application of the lifelong learning taught to students in schools. The author claims that skilled research is a crucial part of many careers.


Joyce, Marilyn Z. and Julie I. Tallman. Making the Writing and Research Connection with the I-Search Process, Second Edition. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006.


Harvey, Stephanie. Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in Grades 3-8. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 1998.


Valenza, Joyce Kazman. Power Research Tools: Learning Actvities & Posters. Chicago: ALA, 2003. {Link to ALA Store}


---. Power Tools Recharged: 125+ Essential Forms and Presentations for Your School Library Information Program. Chicago: ALA, 2004.


Information Fluency Wikispaces (Joyce Valenza & Ken Rodoff)


Joyce Valenza's list of Information Fluency Resources


ipl2: Information You Can Trust (merger of LII & IPL 2010)


Into the Book: Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies


Focus on Critical Thinking & Research Skills (PBS Teachers pdf)






Big6 Resources




Free Big6 Resources from Big6.com


Applying Big6 Skills, AASL Standards and ISTE NETS to Internet Research by Janet Murray


Online Resources to Support Big6 Information Skills


Big6 Books - Google Books


Eisenberg, Michael B. and Robert E. Berkowitz. The New Improved Big6 Workshop Handbook. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, 1999.


---. The Big6 in Secondary Schools.  Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, 2000.


Jansen, Barbara A. The Big6 in Middle School: Teaching Information and Communications Technology Skills. Columbus, OH: Linworth Publishing, 2007. 


Big6 Turbo Tools 




Visual Literacy Resources




Questioning Resources


KNE's 21st Century Literacies: Developing Different Types of Questions Lesson


Koechlin, Carol, and Sandi Zwaan. Questioning Success. PDF from AASL 2005 Presentation.


Koechlin, Carol, and Sandi Zwaan. Q Tasks: How to Empower Students to Ask Questions and Care About Answers.

     Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 2006. 

Offers teachers advice on how they can empower students to become critical thinkers and users of information, with more than eighty proven classroom activities that will take students beyond memorization and rote learning.


Essential Question Resources from ISTE Wikispaces


Question Frames pdf: http://www.justreadnow.com/strategies/bloom.pdf


Higher Order Thinking Skills Question Templates: http://www.med.wright.edu/aa/facdev/_Files/PDFfiles/QuestionTemplates.pdf


Questioning to Promote Higher Order Thinking Skills chart: http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/file/view/High+Order+Thinking+Chart.doc


Edward DeBono's Six Thinking Hats: http://www.debonogroup.com/six_thinking_hats.php


Jansen, Barbara. "Research: Just What Does It Mean?" 2001.


Essay posted on Jansen's Web site discussing strategies for promoting higher-level thinking in the research process, specifically types of effective research questions.


Jansen, Barbara. "How to Impress Your Teachers by Asking Good Questions!" 9 Sept. 2002.

     Big6 Kids. Robert E. Berkowitz and Mike Eisenberg, 1987.





Developing A Research Question from The Writer's Complex site, Empire State College





Webquests & Pathfinders


BuILders [Free Webquest Template] on S.O.S. for Information Literacy 


Why Your Next Pathfinder Should be a Wiki - Informationfluency.wikispaces.com / J. Valenza's SLJ blog


QuestGarden: Where Great WebQuests Grow 












Digital Citizenship - See Resources listed on Use of Info page




Assessments & Rubrics


Rubistar - from 4teachers.org


Assessment Tools from Science Education Resource Center @ Carleton College


Assessment Resources from ISTE Wikispaces





PBL: Problem-Based Learning


Case Files: Making Learning Real with Problem-based Case Files {Center for Information Technology Education/NSF}


What is Understanding by Design? - Grant Wiggins' Authentic Education Website




Web 2.0 Tools Useful for IDEAcademy 




Miscellaneous Resources 


Johnson, Doug. Machines are the easy part, people are the hard part {Lulu.com}


AASL's Best Websites for Teaching & Learning


Digital Native.org -

     Companion site to Palfrey & Gasser's Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives


Summary Findings from the Digital Youth Research Project, UCBerkeley



What Should an Administrator Expect a SLMS to Be? - Carl Harvey II / Linworth


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