How Our Micro-credential Audit Supports Equitable and Accessible Professional Development

Digital Promise

To support educators in accessing quality and relevant professional learning tools at the beginning of the pandemic, we curated a list of micro-credentials that could be earned with a remote or hybrid classroom. We believe that high quality must also mean accessible and equitable.

A Huge Library of Icons to Use in Your Presentations and Documents

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Flaticon's extension ' Icons for Slides and Docs' provides access to a treasure trove of visually appealing icons to integrate in your Google Slides, Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Sheets.read more

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Shakespeare Documented

NeverEndingSearch

One way to celebrate this significant commemoration is to explore Shakespeare Documented , the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources surrounding the life and career of William Shakespeare. Also, throughout the year, the Folger Shakespeare Library will celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare with The Wonder of Will , including exhibitions, podcast lectures , teaching modules , Shakespeare in American Life, performances, special events, and more.

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 for a lot of libraries, that's not something you can do on a dime.

How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

Edsurge

Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. adults lost their main source of internet access as libraries started to shut down in March 2020.

How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses

Edsurge

Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

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. 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.

TODAY: "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference (Library 2.0)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is our third Library 2.021 mini-conference, " Libraries as Community Anchors ," being held online and for free. Libraries are increasingly addressing challenges associated with digital equity, access, and inclusion, as well as issues of security and privacy.

"Libraries as Community Anchors" - a Library 2.0 Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access.

Plain Language and Inclusive Document Design

ProfHacker

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this month about making teaching documents of all kinds more accessible. Some of this is about a syllabus , but some of it is about rethinking some of our signs and documentation at work, as well as ways that we can make our edX courses more accessible to that highly varied audience. Documentation does not need to be written in highly academic, obfuscatory language. What will make the document more useable for them?

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Fascinating library project has students award peace prize

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This piece is the first in our new monthly series focusing on Innovative School Libraries and Librarians. Be sure to keep checking back during the month of August for new library-focused articles!]. We share a Google Doc graphic organizer in Google Classroom, so students must learn how to log in to their Google account, access Google Classroom, and open their document.

Open Access & Copyright: A View from the South

ProfHacker

In all the discussions about open access and copyright, I want to add my story as someone from the Global South who strongly advocates for open access. Before I do so, I need to admit my privilege: my institution has a great physical and electronic library with additional free document delivery – so I can literally get any article or book chapter I want, for free, and during my PhD I had additional access to the University of Sheffield’s eResources library.

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. Then the library makes that source material available and easily accessible to all.

Designing Engaging Course Documents with Piktochart

ProfHacker

It’s sometimes a struggle to get students to carefully read course documents. As I prepared to teach our Technical Writing and Communication course this fall, I decided I wanted to emphasize document design and economy of language, two areas in which I felt my previous classes could improve. Piktochart is a web-based app that allows you to design infographics and other image-heavy documents and publications. Course materials are technical documents, not literary works.

Schedule for Thursday's "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference (Library 2.0) - Register Now

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Just a few days away, our third Library 2.021 mini-conference, " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 Please also join this Library 2.0

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. We’ve made each organization’s library searchable by grade, subject, and tags.

Sessions Announced for "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference (Library 2.0)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Just two weeks away, our third Library 2.021 mini-conference, " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 Please also join this Library 2.0

A day in the life with Student Dashboard Digital Backpack

Hapara

and Mrs. Perkins, a fifth-grade teacher, browses the district’s library of content in H?para With just a few clicks, she shares the content with each student to quickly access it when they log in to their H?para Accessing digital learning resources . It’s 6:30 a.m.,

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Awkward Conversations: How to Handle Difficult Discussions with Library Patrons

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

"Awkward Conversations: How to Handle Difficult Discussions with Patrons" Part of a special Library 2.0 Essential Librarian" series with Dr. Steve Albrecht OVERVIEW : A 60-minute training webinar presented by Library 2.0 The patron who refuses to leave as the library is closing.

The AVer F17HD Document Camera – Versatile, Compact and Well-Built

Fractus Learning

Sitting very comfortably in the ‘Goldilocks zone’ of document cameras, the AVer F17HD ( Amazon ) finds the perfect balance between rich interactive features and excellent value for money. AVer F17HD Document Camera – In the box. The F17HD is a very well-equipped document camera. With remote, quick-access control panel, and both HDMI and VGA capabilities, it will slot easily into any current classroom setup. Document camera.

Announcing October 21st Mini-Conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access.

Free Digital Library Provides Millions of Primary Sources for U.S. History

techlearning

The layers of rich documents, images, and videos are carefully organized and curated, and can be accessed through topical browsing, searching and filtering, or in pre-made exhibition collections and primary source sets

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Unpaywall: Free, legal access to scholarly articles! (and a couple of other strategies)

NeverEndingSearch

Greetings from Computers in Libraries 2017 from which I’ll be sharing a few discoveries. Installed as a free browser extension for Firefox or Chrome , Unpaywall allows searchers to legally access full-text research papers from its index of ten million, legally loaded, open-access articles. No need to go visit the site of the subscription journal to see if Green Open Access. Now more than ever, humanity needs to access our collective knowledge, not hoard it.

OPINION: Why creating and maintaining accessible digital resources is neither easy nor optional

The Hechinger Report

Cal students in the Doe Library at UC Berkeley. Under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disability Act ,public and private universities must ensure that any content made available is accessible, unless meeting accessibility guidelines would result in a fundamental alteration or undue administrative and financial burdens. The scrutiny, while challenging for these organizations, can yield improved accessibility of digital content over time if organizations heed the call.

"Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference - Registrations and Call for Proposals Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access.

Call for Proposals Now Open - "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access.

Copy Machines in Libraries Are ‘Going the Way of the Dodo’—Slowly

Edsurge

But another print-based technology—the copy machine—is disappearing from many academic libraries, as librarians swap the old dime-eating machines for multi-function devices that scan texts and send copies to students via email. Copiers seem to be going the way of the dodo, slowly,” says Stephanie Walker, dean of libraries and information resources at the University of North Dakota. That means the library’s student workers and staff don’t have to waste time collecting small change.

App of the Week: Education’s best digital library

eSchool News

CommonLit is a free digital library of leveled texts — news articles, poems, short stories, and historical documents. Bottom line : Access a hefty collection of reliable, ready-to-print, leveled passages that allow you to tailor lessons, assign online reading, and track progress.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

edWeb.net

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Unfortunately, teachers and students are often unable to be sure there will be dependable, robust access outside of school depending on family and community circumstances. Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA, noted the importance of having safe WiFi access.

SLIDE: data, interactive tools, and an equity wake-up call (Part 1)

NeverEndingSearch

Important new quantitative research documents concerns relating to the future of our profession and implications for those we serve. States, districts and school type very widely in their approach to support for school library programs. equity research IMLS school libraries

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The SLIDE Study: A chat with Deb Kachel (Part 2)

NeverEndingSearch

And the reason that it is so important to us, is because there is a lot of documentation that is not out there anywhere else. It’s a statistic that now we can put out there because we have documented evidence. It was never documented. Let’s put her in the library.

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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.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

NeverEndingSearch

While she learned to navigate and understand the value of her library’s network of databases, she knows that many kids don’t even know what a database is. She recognizes the library as a safe space for the individual and as an important space that creates community.

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.

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library

MindShift

New Canaan High School librarian Michelle Luhtala recently jumped headfirst into creating a makerspace in her library and documented what she learned, how her space changed and how it affected students along the way. Luhtala is blessed with a big library, but for most of her career it has been dominated by large bookshelves. Luhtala kept most of her fiction and donated a lot of the nonfiction, which kids are now mostly accessing digitally anyway.

Safety Podcast: "Stop Apologizing for Library Security" + Friday Webinar: "Performance Evaluations" #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've posted a new podcast from Dr. Albrecht: " Stop Apologizing for Library Security. This is part of the " Library Safety and Security with Dr. Steve Albrecht " section of Library 2.0. The language we use as library leaders matters.

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. Partnering with Gretchen Thomas and her UGA Project Spark class to give students more access to our library makerspace. The Barrow Spelling Bee is held in the library and broadcast to the school and families through Google Hangouts on Air.

Professionally Designed Icons to Insert in Docs, Slides, and Spreadsheets

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Below are three Google Drive add-ons to visually enrich your documents and presentations. They provide access to a huge library of professionally designed icons to insert into Docs, Slides,read more.

Labster Secures $47M in New Funding Tranche to Expand Global Opportunities for Virtual Science Laboratory Simulations

eSchool News

By investing more funds into its library of science simulations and expanding its reach to younger students and adult workforce skills training, Labster will be able to serve 100 million students around the world through its institutional and government partnerships.

Will this semester forever alter college? No, but some virtual tools will stick around

The Hechinger Report

Lafayette College showed faculty how to make document cameras at home using cardboard and rubber bands. Coursera is providing 550 colleges and universities with free access to its online courses.