7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today. Districts such as Lindsay Unified in California have worked with their local community and government officials to offer free access for families. EveryoneOn.org is a non-profit that works to support families in obtaining access at home.

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

Colby Sharp on episode 565 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Colby Sharp author of Game Changer! Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. Book Access for All Kid with Donalyn Miller, and he is the editor of The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection. Blog: [link] Twitter: @ colbysharp Book: Game Changer!

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Library 2.0 Webinar: "The Safe Library" + Blog Post: "Creating the Perfect Library Security Officer" #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

"The Safe Library: Lessons (I’ve Learned) in Keeping Staff and Patrons Better Protected" Part of a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Steve Albrecht (See below for information and a link to Dr. Albrecht's latest blog post, " Creating the Perfect Security Officer.")

"Preventing Library Fires" Blog Post + Two January Library 2.0 Webinars: "Better Communications" and "Service Leadership" #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've posted a new blog post from Dr. Albrecht in our " Library Service, Safety, & Security " section of Library 2.0 : " What a Fire Chief Wants You to Know About Preventing Library Fires. " Best wishes to all, Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

Creating Libraries for Online Students Is Harder Than You Think.

Edsurge

To ensure students can access books and other academic resources even if they’re nowhere near a campus. The Association of College & Research Libraries maintains in its “access entitlement principle,” which functions as a sort of library bill of rights, that all students of an institution of higher education “are entitled to the library services and resources of that institution,” including access to a librarian, regardless of location.

Kiddom’s Content Library Makes Differentiation Faster Than Ever

Ask a Tech Teacher

While it offers many appealing pieces (homework assignment and grading, easy communication, and built-in metrics), one unique to Kiddom is their robust K-12 content library. The library is searchable by topic with preview features for selections. How to use the library. Kiddom connects directly with curriculum and content providers to offer educators a curated library of standards-aligned resources. Why the content library is perfect for lesson planning.

How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries

Edsurge

Libraries are temporarily closing their doors due to coronavirus—like so many other institutions in the wake of a growing pandemic. But what does it mean for librarians to serve patrons without a library ? And there's a whole bunch of different reasons why that might happen, and one of the things we see in rural areas is, it's not just our patrons in libraries who are under-resourced. And for a lot of libraries, that's not something you can do on a dime.

Albrecht Blog: "Schedule Regular Library Inspection Days" + Friday Webinar: "Performance Evaluations" #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've posted a new blog post from Dr. Albrecht in our " Library Safety & Security " section of Library 2.0 : " Schedule Regular Inspection Days. Think of all the cool stuff in your library you could be looking at to make sure it's working properly.

"The Perils of the Parking Lot: Part 2 - Advice and Solutions" Blog Post + Two January Library 2.0 Webinars #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've posted a new blog post from Dr. Albrecht in our " Library Service, Safety, & Security " section of Library 2.0 : " The Perils of the Parking Lot: Part 2. " Some readers were kind enough to contact Steve Hargadon at Library 2.0 Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

Library 2.0 December Webinar - "Performance Evaluations" + Safety Blog: "Visitor Policy" #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

"Performance Evaluations: A Skill-Building Refresher for Library Leaders" Part of a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Steve Albrecht OVERVIEW : We invite you to join us for a 60-minute webinar presented by Library 2.0 The language we use as library leaders matters.

Have you seen “What Works” for your schools? Amplify success with a video library of teaching

Edthena

New toolsets from Edthena allow any district to curate a video library of searchable lesson segments, tagged to teaching standards, and shared securely to all staff members within the district. Now, teachers can see best-practice instructional examples of their peers in a searchable Organization Library. What’s been missing is a way to securely access those videos without a technical headache for your internal tech administrators.

As LinkedIn Learning Subsumes Lynda.com, Library Groups Raise Privacy Concerns

Edsurge

Libraries have long been enthusiastic subscribers to Lynda.com, offering their patrons access to the once-upstart company’s collection of educational videos on a range of topics. But this week, library groups urged their members to stop using the service if the company—now owned by LinkedIn, a subsidiary of Microsoft—makes planned changes to Lynda.com that will require library patrons to create a LinkedIn profile to access the service.

Library 2.0's "Safety and Security with Dr. Steve Albrecht" - Podcast and Blog

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've created a new section of the Library 2.0 community site devoted to a new regular podcast and blog series from Dr. Steve Albrecht on " Library Safety and Security." Steve is a trainer, speaker, author, and consultant, and the host of most of our popular Library 2.0 You can access the podcast and blog by going to the " Safety & Security " link in the main Library 2.0 Our Library 2.0 Steve Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

The Most Epic Digital Library For Kids and Educators

Kleinspiration

In fact it is not just an app, but a whole platform, an extensive digital library of hand-picked, high quality books that will spark every kid’s interest in reading. you have unlimited access to more than 25,000 quality books at a fixed monthly subscription rate. They are all in your personal library that you can take anywhere. Digital Library? stands out from similar apps with its multi-platform accessibility. Variety of formats and a growing library.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals. Similarly, when vetting tech tools, the contracts should include the district’s accessibility requirements. Any upgrades should maintain, if not increase, a resource’s support for accessibility.

One Teacher’s Year Inside the World’s Largest Library

Edsurge

The largest library in the world contains more than 168 million items, with materials in some 470 languages, and is located in Washington, D.C. The Library of Congress, situated right behind the U.S. teacher to spend a year at the Library of Congress researching, writing and seeking out primary sources that K-12 teachers across the country could use in their classroom lessons. Then the library makes that source material available and easily accessible to all.

Open Library gets even more open

NeverEndingSearch

Created in 2006 by a team led by Aaron Swartz and Brewster Kahle, Open Library is an Internet Archive project developed to present one web page for every book ever published. Open Library now also offers a full-text search of its collection of Internet Archive’s more than 4 million books. And the search extends beyond books other types of documents–patents, yearbooks and open-access research papers.

Albrecht: "Preventing Harassment" Podcast Interview + "Theft Behaviors in the Library" Blog Post

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've posted a 20-minute Adriane Herrick Juarezby interview of Dr. Albrecht on the topic of " Preventing Harassment " in the " Library Safety and Security with Dr. Steve Albrecht " section of Library 2.0. You can listen directly on the site or you should also be able to access the podcast in SoundCloud here or in your own podcast app using the RSS feed here. You will also find his new blog post, " Theft Behaviors in the Library ," on the site.

New Library "Safety and Security" Podcast Episode and Blog Post by Dr. Steve Albrecht #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've posted both a new podcast episode and a new blog post in the " Library Safety and Security with Dr. Steve Albrecht " section of Library 2.0. The 30-minute podcast is on " Library Emergencies ," and the blog post is entitled " The Shamu Method: Can We 'Coach Up' Problematic Patrons With 'Fish'? The Library 2.0 paid webinar recordings by Dr. Albrecht can be accessed here. Steve (the other Steve) Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

Personalize Your School Library Program with these Convenient, Creative Apps

edWeb.net

Apps bring technology, functionality, and creativity into your school library program. In “ Virtual Library Program Development ,” Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, reviewed an A to Z list of 50 apps to virtualize your school library program. For libraries looking to take control of their social media strategies, Michelle recommends using Buffer. edWeb Blog apps school library school library program

FREE Access to Fluency Tutor to Support Student Literacy Remotely

Shake Up Learning

The post FREE Access to Fluency Tutor to Support Student Literacy Remotely appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I don’t endorse a lot of products, but Texthelp produces some of the best accessibility tools and they work seamlessly with my favorite Google tools. You can get access to Fluency Tutor for FREE, and it’s perfect for remote learning. FREE Access to Fluency Tutor to Support Student Literacy from @texthelp.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Eminent Open Access: A Little Thought Experiment

Iterating Toward Openness

That fact notwithstanding, in the great tradition of selfishly publishing less than half-baked ideas on my blog so that I can benefit from readers’ comments and feedback, I present the following little thought experiment for your enjoyment. Via Stephen Downes yesterday, here’s an article about how to use Tor with Sci-Hub in order to privately and securely read research articles you don’t have legal permission to access.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. At “makerspaces,” learners have access to tools and supplies, including technological tools, for either open-ended or structured projects.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

edWeb.net

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. And, that makes access to adequate and reliable broadband even more important as the development of new technologies continues. The post Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation appeared first on edWeb.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers. A surprising number of families still don’t have computers or access to the internet at home. I worked with a family that had no access to e-mail at home because the only internet available in their area was dial up.

Two January Library 2.0 Webinars: "Better Communications" and "Service Leadership"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We invite you to join us for either or both of two 60-minute webinars presented by Library 2.0 His twice-monthly podcast and blog posts are available for free , as are our regular mini-conferences and all the conference recordings. Best wishes to all, Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

Your Support Is Needed! Purchase the Summit All-Access "Library" Pass Today and Receive All the Bonuses #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please support my ability to hold these kinds of events by considering the purchase of the all-access Summit "library" pass. Buy the Summit all-access library pass HERE and you can watch the all the recordings any time you like. Steve Steve Hargadon www.SteveHargadon.com @stevehargadon Those who purchase the all-access Summit pass receive these additional bonuses : The " Secret to Success in Life " short interviews from our 25 special interview guests.

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The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. In a recent edWebinar , Dr. Larry Fruth, Executive Director and CEO of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, and Jena Draper, Founder and General Manager at CatchOn, discussed head on the challenges school districts face with data access and student privacy. edWeb Blog edtech Student Data student data privacy

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks

TeachThought - Learn better.

TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks. As with any publication, blogs and websites are only as thoughtful as their design. This is part of the limitation of a blog, and the allure of social media sites like facebook and pinterest. To make them more accessible for you, we’ve decided to create libraries of content, starting with an early collection of the learning models and frameworks we’ve created.

CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access

CUE

CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access. September 22, 2017 Current Federal efforts to rescind or block regulations and funding that protect equity of technology access and support for schools and homes are of major concern, and CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, is doing something about it. To access AJR 7, which is now enrolled and chaptered as Resolution 151, click here.

Dr. Steve Albrecht Library 2.0 Podcast: "Working With Elected Officials" #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've posted a new podcast from Dr. Albrecht in our " Library Service, Safety, & Security " section of Library 2.0 : " Working With Elected Officials.

New Library "Safety and Security" Podcast Episode ("Emergency Plans") and Blog Post ("Learning from Webinars") by Dr. Steve Albrecht #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've posted a new podcast episode and a new blog post in the " Library Safety and Security with Dr. Steve Albrecht " section of Library 2.0. You can listen directly on the site or you should also be able to access the podcast in your own podcast app by using this LINK. The blog post is entitled " How to Take a Library Training Webinar and Actually Learn From It? " The Library 2.0 paid webinar recordings by Dr. Albrecht can be accessed here.