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Free access to Mackin’s Distance learning solution

eSchool News

Macking one of the world’s largest providers of print books, ebooks, audiobooks, and video is offering access to its ebook library and distance learning content for free. Elementary School. 4,500+ Multi-User eBooks. 3,000+ Multi-User eBooks.

OverDrive launches QuickStart eBooks for elementary schools

eSchool News

Service offers teacher-recommended titles with simultaneous access for K-5 students in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline. OverDrive, an eBook and audiobook platform for schools, wants all kids to become great readers. OverDrive’s K-5 QuickStart offers young readers a premium collection of 200 eBooks, including Read-Alongs such as the Summer Camp Science Mystery Series, The Mallory Series and Noisy Bug Sing-Along, picture books and other titles.

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Over 1500 free MackinClassic ebooks available to all K-12 schools

eSchool News

The free MackinVIA digital content management system is available to all schools and is providing users with hundreds of free MackinClassic eBooks to assist with distance learning initiatives due to the COVID-19 health crisis. To assist with every schools’ distance learning program, schools and districts with the free MackinVIA platform can swiftly download more than 300 classic elementary titles, 300 classic middle school titles, and more than 500 classic titles for high school.

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Ebooks Are Great — Just Not for Young Readers


When you talk to an adult reader about ebooks, they typically come down on one side of the fence or the other. They either love the convenience, access and ease of the digital version, or they’re the kind of person who can’t imagine life without the smell of the pages and the feel of a book in their hand. Ebooks do their best to replicate (or improve upon) all that’s good about reading. The interactivity is where ebooks tend to claim the higher ground.

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Tips and Tools to Support Students in Publishing Their Own Digital Storybooks

Teacher Reboot Camp

Elementari – Create a free class account for up to 30 students. Buncee – Web tool and iOS app to create and publish a digital storybook with free library of animations, stickers, templates, frames, stock photos, video, audio, and more.

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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. Barrow Elementary Facebook page. Happy Library Card Month!

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. You will immediately see that our teachers have access to iPads and many of their choices are iOS apps but often there are web versions and android apps for these as well. Epic app (free) works on multiple platforms - students have individualized e-book libraries based on their interests.

North Carolina School District Expands Access to Books with Online Literacy Platform from Fuel Education


Herndon, Virginia, April 23, 2018 — Although every elementary school has different student needs its teachers must support, each needs an extensive library of books for its students. Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in Cary, NC, the 15 largest school district in the United States, has 114 elementary schools. With Big Universe, WCPSS is leveraging eBooks in several different ways across the district.

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Amazon wins $30M contract to sell e-books to NYC schools

eSchool News

In its bid for NYC’s business, Amazon edged out competitor OverDrive, which is also ramping up its commitment to schools and school libraries to compete for districts’ e-book dollars. Traditionally, a library e-book lender, OverDrive is working with education publishers to make it easier for schools to borrow textbooks electronically. A big move into education, Amazon edges out OverDrive to capture NYC e-book contract.

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

But I’m talking about the research tool for Google Books that gives you access to millions of titles that are in the public domain. For a social studies teacher, a history teacher, who needs to give his or her student a little more access to historical articles and books, that’s a great resource. You know, in my course, I’d have a 120-130 kids at a time, and our school library had about 30 books on the Civil War. Now there’s an eBook option.

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Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move

The CoolCatTeacher

Sometimes the way they’re acting is exactly what you want in the gymnasium, but not in the library, and they can’t tell that distinction. I have information for you on our website, and I have an eBook for your listeners as well that they can access at our website, [link]. Suzanne Creswell on episode 244 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Keep Calm and Read On

The Daring Librarian

Here's a kind of mirrored post that I put out on my Daring School Library blog for my kids, parents, and community. Please note that I a Middle Grades (ages 10-14) and Young Adult specific educator and not Primary or Elementary. My school district is really lucky because we've partnered with MackinVia and our kiddos have the ability to download FREE eBooks. Your local or state Library System probably also has this ability. 11 hours) FREE digital eBooks from MackinVia.

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Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

In a recent edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, both from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace. Through a five-year radical book-weeding process from 2011- 2016, the NCHS library had eliminated all of the library’s free-standing bookshelves.

On the importance of making a (reopening) plan


Kim shares that her own Plainfield Elementary School Library Reopening Plan and COVID Response was heavily inspired by the New York City Department of Education School Library System’s Translation of Practice for School Librarians as well as the recent Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools. Pen Argyl school libraries are where you find the pulse of the schools.

On INFOhio’s light


I was sincerely inspired by their presentation, their energy and their efforts to ensure all Ohio learners have access to the resources to which they are entitled. I continue to be inspired by their efforts to ensure equity–to support all Ohio parents, teachers and librarians in developing college and career readiness and essential literacies and to ensure they know how to access and use the fabulous resources provided by their state.

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13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

Good intentions to give all students access to the world’s knowledge were derailed by the cost of the websites and webtools that made that happen. International Children’s Digital Library. Books are made available from a variety of sources including the Library of Congress. Open Library. Once you find a book, you access a scanned version (if available, say from Project Gutenberg) or purchase it at a linked bookstore. .

Carolina Biological Launches Remote Learning Add-Ons to Award Winning K-8 Science Curriculum Kits with Teacher Planning Features

eSchool News

Carolina updated its award-winning K-8 science programs to support essential remote instruction in elementary and middle schools this fall. The programs include access to a wealth of digital resources, including instructional videos, demonstrations and simulations.

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4 Tips for Student-Created Digital Books

Graphite Blog

Just like reading an interactive ebook is more engaging than reading a print textbook, creating a digital book is a lot more fun than writing a typical report or essay. But more important than making learning fun, creating an interactive ebook gives students who struggle with writing a better tool for sharing their ideas and demonstrating knowledge. Though most ebook-creation platforms focus on narrative writing, most of my digital book projects are nonfiction texts.

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To Raise a Reader

Reading By Example

It was a book I relied on when I taught elementary school. Educators feel the same way when we discover a new strategy or method and then think about all of the students we had in the past who did not have access to this better practice. MY STUDENTS ARE NOT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Two words: Public library. Mineral Point has an excellent public library with helpful and knowledgeable staff. (I wrote this post last week for our families on my school blog.).

How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

When the year is up, they will never be charged again and will have continued access to the Facebook group and all club materials. They get a short (8-15 page) eBook in PDF form called an eGuide, along with a 20-30 minute audio version of that content so they can listen rather than read if they prefer. They get an email when new content is added to the membership library. There is a group for elementary (K-5) and one for secondary.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building. If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. Final Reflection: Learners reflect on the process in a way that works best for them – blogs, photo essays, video recording, podcast, sketchnotes, illustrated ebook.

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Companies Partner to Provide Oral Reading Fluency Tool

eSchool News

For the start of the new school year, Savvas is pairing myView Literacy ©, its leading core K-5 literacy program, and Reading Spot , a digital library, with AMI’s Moby.Read. Moby.Read is easily accessible on any digital device or computer that supports Google Chrome as well as by single sign-on through Savvas Realize , the edtech industry’s most versatile learning management system.

Distance Learning Short List: Best Free Resources by Grade and Subject

Graphite Blog

Elementary Math and Science Khan Academy Kids. Elementary ELA and Social Studies Epic! Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books Price: Free for teachers Platforms: iOS, Android, Chrome. Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings Price: Free Platforms: Web. Elementary Arts and Creativity Artsonia.

StoryBots launches interactive resources for teachers

eSchool News

Teachers can gain free access to the platform by applying for the StoryBots Educator Network at It is fun, engaging, uplifting, auditory, interactive and educational, all in one,” said Kelly Wade, kindergarten teacher at Collins Elementary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since its founding, StoryBots videos have amassed more than 300 million views online, while its eBooks have been read more than 8 million times.

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4 Tips for Student-Created Digital Books

Graphite Blog

Just like reading an interactive ebook is more engaging than reading a print textbook, creating a digital book is a lot more fun than writing a typical report or essay. But more important than making learning fun, creating an interactive ebook gives students who struggle with writing a better tool for sharing their ideas and demonstrating knowledge. Though most ebook-creation platforms focus on narrative writing, most of my digital book projects are nonfiction texts.

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‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online


Another educator started a burgeoning Facebook group for international educators to trade tips, and another began a detailed list of helpful online tools, including the digital portfolio platform Seesaw and the ebook library Epic. At Seoul Foreign, LeClair says elementary teachers are trading a lot of videos with students using Seesaw, with parents helping to upload them.

Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading


I started by taking a good look at the books I had available—only to find that my physical classroom library is filled with outdated, “dog-eared” books that are expensive to replace and are a minuscule sampling of the many thousands of books available in the world. My learners needed choices that my physical book collection could not provide, and I need a way to bolster my library and give students more choices. Casey's Four Top eBook Platforms for English Language Learners.

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techlearning ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Blackboard Ally is an accessibility solution that helps make digital class content in a learning management system (LMS) more accessible for all learners. who are interested in establishing a makerspace in their libraries.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Other than libraries and news outlets, students were dependent on the educator to provide them with information. The learner in an essentialist, instructivist, pedagogical learning environment, given 21st century technologies, and through instruction of the teacher may: Access information via ebooks and websites, but these often lack any type of interactivity or capabilities for the learner to comment, share, or interact with the content.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Software & Online CAPSTONE PEBBLEGO SPANISH DATABASE FOR K-12 STUDENTS ( ) Capstone is pleased to announce its most popular PebbleGo databases are now available in Spanish.

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iPad Essentials: What can iBooks do for you?


iBooks can be used to access ePub books, the format of most downloadable books, which are themselves interactive in navigation via the use of tappable tables of contents. Additionally, when words are tapped/held in ePub books, the menu allows you to access a word definition, annotate via highlighting and notes, and activating text-to-speech, which has potential for targeting auditory comprehension as well as making material more accessible to struggling readers.

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To #AASL11 Minneapolis and Back: Report to Faculty

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Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, introductory keynote speaker Top Must-Have for Our Students: Teen Health and Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers , the mobile app for 24/7 access by our students. Top Resource to Share: 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning The YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Asssociation) committee goes through a rigorous selection process every year, to pare the list down to a mere 25. Intellectual privacy is a huge issue with ebooks.

Tech Tools for Specials

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you have another platform, try Draw a Stickman (well-suited for elementary school ages). The app gives subscribers unlimited access to SmartMusic’s extensive library of over fifty method books, nearly 50,000 skill building exercises, and 22,000+ solo and ensemble titles by major publishers. For more, visit my website, Ask a Tech Teacher, and my publisher, Structured Learning , to find more resources, ebooks, lesson plans, and articles.

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

TeachThought - Learn better.

In order to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, any digital learning content used by grantees must be accessible to individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use screen readers. pdf and staff involved in curriculum development, staff development, or operating library, media and computer centers), pupil support services staff (e.g.

On search agility: There’s more than one place to start


I plan to share options for elementary, portals and curation searching in upcoming posts.). Give it a try for making sense of the data sets kids need to access to create meaningful infographics. Startpage / IxQuick , this recent merger offers Google-generated and Google-style results–including an easily-accessible Advanced Search– with IxGuicks’ privacy features. I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t in a search rut.

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