How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she’s going to improve her library even more this summer. Scroll down for some super cool pics of her library) SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Listen to Amanda Johnson talk about her library Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

What’s the future for libraries?

eSchool News

Minecraft and makerspaces are transforming the traditional library in one city. “It’s It’s about to get loud,” a Twin Oaks Branch librarian warned patrons on a recent afternoon just before the start of Minecraft Club, where more than a dozen kids gathered to play the popular video game at the South Austin library. Libraries aren’t that place where an old lady wearing a bun is telling you to ‘Shh!’ Next page: Libraries’ renaissance and reinvention.

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A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015

Digital Promise

As we close 2015, I invite you to join me in reflecting on the year's events, our accomplishments and in looking forward to the year ahead. school and library to the Internet. However, as technology has advanced and adoption has increased, many of these connected schools and libraries no longer have adequate bandwidth to support demand. In modernizing E-rate, it is now more affordable for schools and libraries to upgrade their Internet connection speeds.

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CSLA Information Literacy Summit at CUE 2015

CUE

Part 1 of 4 in a series By CUE guest blog editor Jane Lofton While so many concepts have transformed meaning with the advent of the information age, this 1989 statement from the American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy still holds: “Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn.” The post CSLA Information Literacy Summit at CUE 2015 appeared first on OnCUE.

One future for research libraries

Bryan Alexander

On May 12 the head of the National Science Library at the Chinese Academy of Sciences , Xiaolin Zhang, gave a major speech to the THETA conference in Australia. In the talk director Zhang laid out a vision for the future of the academic library, and it’s one that both challenged and excited many of us, both within and beyond the library world. Anything they don’t own they obtain through consortial relationships (I think that’s inter-library loan).

Part 2: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full. Part 2: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit ( https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/ ). Create presentations (your content or their libraries). I am almost booked through August and am already more than half full for fall of 2015 – MikeWelcome to the second post in this series. Summer is a great time to check out some new edtech tools and possibilities.

LIVE: Learning about MineCraft in the Classroom from ISTE 2015 | @Microsoft_EDU

TeacherCast

This year at ISTE 2015, I had the pleasure of sitting down with members of the Minecraft EDU team to learn how students are turning digital building blocks into customizable digital learning spaces. We also host a library of lessons and activities that are available for free, and there is a vibrant, active teacher community exploring uses of Minecraft in the classroom.

Great ways library media and IT departments can work together

eSchool News

Library media specialists and IT teams can work toward a common mission. As purveyors of digital learning materials and research, library media specialists are aligning with their IT departments to help create dynamic, engaging hubs for students and instructors. Panter, who is the district’s educational specialist, library services, actually has an employee who serves as a go-between for the library and the IT department. “At

Michelle Luhtala is a Library Journal 2015 Mover and Shaker

edWeb.net

Michelle Luhtala, High School Library Department Chair at New Canaan Public Schools and the presenter of edWeb.net’s Emerging Tech community for school librarians, has been selected by Library Journal as one of the 2015 Movers and Shakers , the people shaping the future of libraries. ” Michelle Luhtala is the host of the edWeb.net community Using Emerging Technology to Advance Your School Library Program.

Michelle Luhtala is a Library Journal 2015 Mover and Shaker

edWeb.net

” Michelle Luhtala is the host of the edWeb community on Using Emerging Technology to Advance Your School Library Program. Since then Michelle has been the leader of the online community and hosted over 50 webinars on every imaginable topic to help school librarians use innovative technology to revolutionize the role of libraries in schools as tech-centered learning and resource centers. ”Visit Michelle Luhtala’s website with ideas on learning libraries.

T&L Live PD Library: Mobile Computing

techlearning

Techlearning Resources T&L Live PD LibraryBYOT/BYOD: What’s Working?

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Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools

TeachThought - Learn better.

Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools . Libraries are brilliant because books are brilliant. If A Library Were YouTube. Take a modern library, for example. Even if the newest libraries, books are arranged in terms of genre, often by author last name. Library: Google::Sears:Amazon? Libraries are far more rational and exact in their arrangement—it’s all extraordinarily left-brained and painfully precise. Libraries can’t.

Free Resources from EdTechTeacher Instructors & iPad Summit Speakers at MassCue 2015

EdTechTeacher

Jonathan Werner: Library to Librar-E. werner (@MaineSchoolTech) October 22, 2015. Over the past two days, hundreds of teachers gathered for this year’s MASSCue/M.A.S.S Fall Conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. According to the Conference website, this year’s theme was “ Dare to Innovate ” and provided “educators from across the Commonwealth with exciting and innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning with technology.”

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How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

Edudemic

In addition, librarians actively seek out new means for creative expression and intellectual growth for student library users, and frequently volunteer as early adopters of these exciting resources. The post How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries appeared first on Edudemic. Featured How To Trends community featured librarians library resources school libraries

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015. Below is a list of 50 free online courses for teachers for Spring 2015, aggregated by Class Central. Go To Class | Next Session : 2nd Jan, 2015. . Go To Class | Next Session : 5th Jan, 2015. . Go To Class | Next Session : 5th Jan, 2015. . Go To Class | Next Session : 5th Jan, 2015. . Go To Class | Next Session : 5th Jan, 2015. . Go To Class | Next Session : 5th Jan, 2015. .

Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools

TeachThought - Learn better.

Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools . Libraries are brilliant because books are brilliant. If A Library Were YouTube. Take a modern library, for example. Even if the newest libraries, books are arranged in terms of genre, often by author last name. Library: Google::Sears:Amazon? Libraries are far more rational and exact in their arrangement—it’s all extraordinarily left-brained and painfully precise. Libraries can’t.

LinkedIn Pauses Changes to Lynda.com After Libraries Raise Privacy Concerns

Edsurge

LinkedIn has temporarily delayed planned changes to Lynda.com, a popular education-video library the company bought in 2015 for $1.5 billion, after libraries around the country raised privacy concerns. Education Technology Libraries

Read for the Record 2015

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

— Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) October 22, 2015. — Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) October 22, 2015. Choate’s Kindergarten class came to the library to enjoy a live Google Hangout with Kelly Bennett reading Not Norman and sharing the answers to several questions about being an author and getting ideas for writing. authors Connected Learning author visit Candlewick Press collaboration connected libraries google hangouts Not Norman read for the record skype youtube

Picture Book Smackdown 2015 is a Wrap!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

— Christy Brennan (@christybrenn) November 19, 2015. — Tilbury House (@tilburyhouse) November 19, 2015. — Christy Brennan (@christybrenn) November 19, 2015. — Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) November 19, 2015. — Julee Murphy (@JuleeMurphy) November 19, 2015. — Jenny Lussier (@jluss) November 19, 2015. — Donna Macdonald (@dsmacdonald) November 19, 2015. Wow!

On the Relationship Between OER Adoption Initiatives and Libraries

Iterating Toward Openness

Asking this question can lead directly to a fruitful collaboration with your campus library. The library may be able to purchase or license copies of these commercial materials and make them available to students for free. The library is a trusted, capable, and unfortunately often overlooked potential partner for closing the access gap to commercial materials. Why Use OER at All – Why Not Just Use Library Resources? The Object of Study.

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Is your library going Future Ready too?

eSchool News

Ed note : This is the first in a series of columns from digital library expert Mark Ray discussing the changing role of librarians and the Future Ready Schools initiative. A team of district library leaders has developed a simple framework which builds on the Future Ready Schools initiative to identify what makes for a Future Ready library. Featured on eSchool News School Administration School Libraries Top News

Polar Express 2015

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

A photo posted by Julie Moon (@julie_moon_) on Dec 17, 2015 at 9:24am PST. Another volunteer list is created to help on the day of the event as we have every class in the school come through the library. — Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) December 17, 2015. — Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) December 17, 2015. A photo posted by @fourthgradebarrow on Dec 17, 2015 at 10:35am PST. — Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) December 17, 2015.

LightSail announces free digital ebook library

eSchool News

K-12 literacy solution provider LightSail will offer a free Starter Library for all customers. The Starter Library includes 200 texts spanning elementary, middle, and high school reading levels, and will grow to 350 texts by March, 2015. Each free text in the Starter Library comes with LightSail’s signature feature: multiple-measure assessments which are embedded into the text, and completed as students read. Free titles include books from more than 400 publishers.

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Barrow Night at the Athens Clarke Public Library

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

September is National Library Card Signup Month. I’ve always dreamed that every student in our school would have a library card, but each year it seems to slip off my plate. This year, I brought the idea up at our monthly media specialist meeting and we started brainstorming ideas with Evan Bush, the children’s librarian at the main branch of the Athens Clarke County Library. We had 43 students visit the library and multiple family members came along too.

Building a Free Library of Interactive Resources

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Ulla E ngeström, founder of ThingLink The founder of ThingLink, Ulla E ngeström, has a goal to build a free library of interactive resources for all teachers, students and parents. Building a Library of Interactive Resources With support from this campaign we can create and share a powerful library of interactive resources for use across all content areas and grade levels.

Finch Robots are Coming to Our Library Makerspace in Fall 2015

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our library makerspace will feature 12 Finch Robots by BirdBrain Technologies during the 2015-2016 school year. A few months ago BirdBrain Technologies announced an expansion of their Finch Robot loan program to include libraries. I immediately contacted them to see if school libraries were included in this opportunity or only public libraries. Barrow Elementary has been selected to participate in the 2015­2016 Finch robot loan program.

4 grants perfect for leaders and libraries

eSchool News

This month’s grants focus on libraries, literacy, and school leadership. Crayola Creative Leadership Grants 2015. The 2015 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Next page: This month’s library and literacy grants. A handful of grants and funding opportunities that support programs and collaboration.

School Libraries Work! 2016

NeverEndingSearch

. Among the many exciting events at AASL National in Columbus was Scholastic’s release of the 2016 edition of School Libraries Work! . The downloadable document, builds on the 2008 edition, collecting and highlighting more than 30 separate national and state research studies pointing to the impact of school libraries and librarians on teaching and learning and proving that when school librarians are cut, student achievement suffers. Through School Libraries Work!,

T&L Live Library: Coding, Makerspaces, and STEM

techlearning

Techlearning Resources T&L Live PD LibraryAn up-close look at the playful learning taking place in several different schools and the power of gaming, engagement and student agency.

Library Orientation for Kindergarten through Second Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Each year I ponder what to do for the first of the year library orientation. As students entered the library, I played the book trailer. Over the course of reading the book to students, there were certain pages that started to stand out as the pages I wanted to pause on in order to connect the book with the first visit to the library. Again, there were so many was to connect to the library and school.

Get Ready for Picture Book Smackdown 2015! #pbsmkdwn

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

P.S. If you can’t wait for this year’s event, here’s a little taste of what we did last year: Advocacy Book News Book Talk event collaboration connected learning connected libraries Dianne de Las Casas google hangouts Laurie Ann Thompson online event picture book month picture book smackdown virtual visit youtubeFor 3 years, I have organized an online picture book smackdown in honor of Picture Book Month.

Part 5: Forty… Now Fifty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full. Part 4: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit ( https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/ ). Library of Content (free and inexpensive). Resources: Projects, Lessons, Strategies, Library. I am almost booked through August and am already more than half full for fall of 2015 – MikeWelcome to the fifth post… and last post of this series.

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International Children's Digital Library

techlearning

Featuring a variety of books from around the globe, International Children''s Digital Library makes children''s classics accessible in many different languages. Techlearning Resources Site of the Day

Classroom Organizer - free app to organize your classroom library and book room

Educational Technology Guy

Classroom Organizer is a free web based and mobile app that allows you to organize and manage your classroom library and school book room. With the mobile app, available for Android and iOS, you can scan book title ISBNs into your library, view your library, and manage your book locations.

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It’s late 2015 and we’re still overblocking the Internet

Dangerously Irrelevant

It’s late 2015, we’re still overblocking the Internet, and the blame is on us as administrators… I read a post recently that stressed yet again how access to the wide range of the Internet is an equity issue.