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How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

But while many districts around the country have moved to remote learning platforms like Google Classroom, Coe was using the school’s copy machine to put together printed packets for his students to take home. In this rural Tennessee county of just 12,000 residents, online learning simply isn’t an option for most families. A lot of our kids don’t have internet access,” said Coe, who knows students who routinely head to the library or the town’s McDonald’s to get online.


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How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries


Libraries are temporarily closing their doors due to coronavirus—like so many other institutions in the wake of a growing pandemic. And like schools and colleges, they are trying to move operations online as much as they can. But what does it mean for librarians to serve patrons without a library ? Share your experience in these areas; Effectiveness, Opportunities, Challenges, Equity & Access. And for a lot of libraries, that's not something you can do on a dime.

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


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. 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.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, and junior Ulises Santillano Tlaseca troubleshoot a 3D printing job in the library’s maker space. When my library is quiet, that’s a red flag,” said Chun. The stereotypical library can seem like a vestige, making it an easy target when budgets are tight, according to Mark Ray, Vancouver’s director of innovation and library services, “but we want libraries to be the lynchpin of education transformation.”

Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success


For all the promises of online courses disrupting education, completion rates are notoriously low. Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course. Online courses can be a helpful tool for self-sufficient, highly motivated learners with reliable computers and internet at home, but others may need a little more support. Getting people to the Learning Circles required some marketing outreach.


Can Teachers Read Books Out Loud Online? Actually, Yes.


The first image many people have of school is a circle of small children, sitting cross-legged, paying attention (or not) to an adult reading a book aloud and showing pictures to the class. As schools, teachers and families face the shock of abruptly shifting to online education, one small question has been how to shift these read alouds to Zoom, Facebook, Google Hangouts and YouTube, the spaces where many classes continue to meet.

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How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic


Hunter and her colleague Rachel Krumenacker at the Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had filmed the DIY craft on a Zoom call from their respective living rooms. And we put it on YouTube to make it as easy as possible to access.” . Learn. , Learn.”

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access


Emergency online teaching. Or just plain online learning. There’s just one problem: millions of students in the country don’t have a reliable way to get online. According to the most recent federal data, about 14 percent of households with school-age children do not have internet access. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. Remote delivery of instruction.

Digital Equity After the Pandemic

All conversations start with why: Get all constituents involved from the beginning—even students and teachers—as to how the schools might adopt digital learning. Familiarity does not equal experience or understanding: Just because staff have some knowledge about technology does not mean they understand how to scale it for effective digital learning. Teachers have access issues too: Not all teachers have high-speed internet or unlimited data either. By Stacey Pusey.

In dark days of coronavirus, acts of generosity can restore students’ faith in higher education and each other

The Hechinger Report

These institutions are helping students find cost-free ways to leave campus, keeping dorms open for those who don’t have other options or identifying ways to enable less-wired students who can’t access online learning to still finish out the semester. Meanwhile, cultural institutions are relaxing rules and paywalls to offer much-needed diversion, like free streaming of Broadway musicals and plays, operas, online art programs and free downloads of books from public libraries.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is the final day of The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit. 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. And see you "online!" Purchase the all-access pass and you can give one copy of the all-access Summit library pass to someone else as a gift.

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#DLNchat: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation?


Will we wander through VR stacks in the library of the future? Will the library’s computer lab become a makerspace? Those were just a couple of the questions raised on Tuesday, February 27 when the #DLNchat community got together to discuss: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation? His work has shown him that “it will definitely be a more sustainable initiative if it is collaborative—-whether it's OER, open access journals, etc.if

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Schools on a screen: One tech-savvy school district has lessons for others going online

The Hechinger Report

Coding gives us another way to solve our problems,” Diane Nodell, the library media specialist, reminded them. Are you ready to learn the basics?”. Each student already had a device that all but the youngest took home every day, and some spent hours a day working online in school. Children and teachers were familiar with a variety of learning apps and other educational software. Children need to apply what they learn, not just regurgitate.”.

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

Rising fourth graders listen as a teacher reads a book at an elementary school summer program in Silver Spring, MD. As the coronavirus closes schools, online platforms are proving to be invaluable, allowing instruction to continue and alleviating the severity of students’ learning loss. To make up for probable academic gaps produced during this unprecedented period, districts should continue providing academic services online in the summer.

College in the time of coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

From campus closures to online classes, the college experience has changed dramatically due to the threat of Coronavirus. The Hechinger Report’s higher education editor Jon Marcus talked with Stephen Smith about what he’s hearing from teachers and students as they adapt to distance learning. What’s happening now, I think, is widely misconstrued as being online higher education, which requires a lot of planning and set up and training.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. As the struggle continues, a few overarching lessons learned — about equity, expectations and communication — are now helping schools navigate this crisis on the fly. With everything shut down, the chronic issue of home internet access became an immense and acute challenge.

Announcing the Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our third Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Emerging Technology," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded. Please also join this Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0

How one high-poverty district is adding virtual reality to its classrooms

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Jada said she learned facts about wolves and monarch butterflies in the hunt. When you’re doing cool new technology, you want to try it and learn it all,” she said. Virtual reality (VR) is emerging as a way to provide deeper learning in K-12 schools. These students are at the vanguard of using VR as a learning tool, experts say.

‘I can’t do this anymore’: How four middle schoolers are struggling though the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

It felt, to Anuar, like another sign that remote learning wasn’t going to go well for him. After Philadelphia schools closed in March for the coronavirus, he’d dutifully logged in each morning to online classes on the laggy computer his mother got for him years earlier.

How Online Book Read-Alouds Can Help Students’ Literacy and Connection During Social Distancing 


The night before a safer-at-home order was issued in her Wisconsin town, all Pernille Ripp could think about was getting to her books. When her middle school opened for a few minutes the next day, the seventh grade English teacher and creator of the Global Read-Aloud grabbed all the books she could from her classroom library, before the school closed for the foreseeable future. . Find the complete list of publishers’ permissions and online reading rules here.).

March 13th Library 2.0 Mini-Conference "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We hope you'll consider joining our first Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). (We We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.

Dr. Steve Albrecht Library Webinar Recordings - Free to View Until April 30

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Until April 30th, Dr. Steve Albrecht has offered to make his paid webinar recordings available to view for free to all members of Library 2.0 Access to the presentation files and handouts is not included. To purchase an individual webinar for long-term access or group showing, please click on the links on the left side of the front page of Library 2.0

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. We don’t decide which students get textbooks based on their address, so we shouldn’t do that with digital access.”.

This Pandemic Has Been Tough, But Educators Are Tougher


This week, I walked back into the library I abandoned in a chaotic rush in mid-March. Sure, in the past I’ve been in the library many times when no one else was around. I spent the better part of that week in district-level meetings trying to determine how to shift to AMI (Alternate Methods of Instruction)—in a nutshell, to teach and learn virtually. It was incredible, really, how quickly the shift from in-person instruction to online learning happened.

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th - "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" Mini-Conference #library2020

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Tomorrow is our second Library 2.020 mini-conference! Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries--as well as the many unique challenges that they face. Please also join this Library 2.0

A bilingual app with sign language brings more stories to deaf children

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Besides learning new vocabulary words and starting to connect written and spoken language, they learn to love stories and build a foundation for reading that can serve them for the rest of their lives.

Annual Summer Reading Challenge launches

eSchool News

Impact of summer loss can be countered by reading just 5 digital books. Leveraging the American Library Association annual theme “Every Hero Has a Story,” myON has created a turnkey program for educators to encourage students to read “just right” books over the summer. Based on research from the National Summer Learning Association , access to books and simply reading 5-8 books over the summer are the most effective activities that counter the effects of summer learning loss.

Register for the Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - Plus, Some Accepted Sessions Are Online!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Emerging Technology," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Please also join this Library 2.0

Next Week - The Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - All Keynotes and Sessions Posted!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.019 mini-conference, "Emerging Technology," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to register now to participate in this event. Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Please also join this Library 2.0

The Free, Amazing, Library 2.014 Online Events This Week

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is a GREAT week for library learning and conversations! Then our fourth annual (and free) Future of Libraries conference, Library 2.014, starts on Wednesday, October 8th, at 10:00am US-Eastern Time with the opening keynote by conference co-chair Dr. Sandra Hirsh from the School of Information at San José State University. See you online! 4:00pm Do you have what it takes to manage an eBook library? How does your library manage digital collections?

School Librarians Can Save Democracy

According to Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, in an edWebinar sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources, “The future of democracy presents a case for the critical need for school librarians in every school.” By Eileen Belastock.

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Is Online Education Better than Traditional Education?

Kitaboo on EdTech

Students have access to new technology which helps them learn and retain information in a far better manner. A popular alternative to traditional education is online education or eLearning. The online education model is basically trying to overcome the disadvantages of the traditional education system, while also providing additional benefits. Online education, on the other hand, encourages participation in classroom activities and peer-to-peer collaboration.

Complete web-based math curriculum

eSchool News

Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) is offering one free month or a $15 discount on a yearly subscription to Beast Academy Online , the complete web-based math curriculum designed to help students ages 8-13 deepen their understanding of math. The program features engaging, comic-book style illustrations that keep kids coming back for more, even as they grapple with some of the most rigorous math problems available.

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A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

The Hechinger Report

What you learn in a regular high school in a year, you could learn here in six months.”. Like many alternative schools, The Charter School of San Diego allows students behind on credits to complete courses online at an accelerated pace. While credit recovery is one of the fastest-growing fields in online education, many programs are little more than diploma mills hastening students through the curriculum with insufficient support.