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5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

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. The post 5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

COVID-19 Is Forever Changing How Students Experience Libraries


There’s a ritual that kicks off every new quarter in Michelle Luhtala’s library at New Canaan High School, one where English teachers send a gaggle of students through her doors to pick a new batch of books. Diana Rendina’s library at Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla.,


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Distance Learning Packages for Schools, Academic Institutions, and Libraries

eSchool News

Infobase, the award-winning provider of digital reference content to the school and library community, today announced that it has created a variety of distance learning packages to help schools, colleges and universities, and public libraries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instructure Launches Canvas for Elementary User Experience for Back to School

eSchool News

SALT LAKE CITY — June 28, 2021 — Today at ISTE Live 2021, Instructure launched the Canvas for Elementary user experience, a combination of features that make Canvas more user-friendly for elementary students. Improved Accessibility & Visual Navigation. Comment Library.

The Best Educational Game Websites for Elementary School Students

Graphite Blog

Great educational games get students to think critically, create, and experiment with new ideas. The problem is, a lot of games that claim to be educational are little more than dressed-up quizzes that challenge students to recall facts, faster and faster.

Seeing Every Student and Providing Equitable Access for Each One

How should equity work proceed in a school district where one student’s racist act and an inclusive school library program both have stirred up controversy and front-page headlines? Carrie Breedlove is a 25-year educator having started her career as a junior high English teacher.

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


Or even teaching fractions in a late-elementary classroom. Now, can you name at least one educator who could serve as a model for others? Now, teachers can see best-practice instructional examples of their peers in a searchable Organization Library.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!


The program was developed and refined based on educator feedback and rigorous, ongoing research, and has been recognized by independent review organizations. School-to-home access allows students to continue their independent work at home, in blended learning models, extended-day programs, or libraries and other community centers. Teachers can access a rich archive of student data that allows for better planning to personalize instruction for guided reading groups.

A padlocked drinking fountain, tree stump seats and a caution-taped library: See how the coronavirus has transformed schools

The Hechinger Report

Picture of library shelves with “caution do not enter” tape. Elsewhere, a school used caution tape to prevent students from roaming through bookshelves in the library. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School News Hechinger West Multimedia

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

That’s a problem because the data don’t lie: Two-thirds of all jobs and 80 percent of all “good” jobs (paying a median wage of $65,000) demand a postsecondary credential, according to research by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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The Most Epic Digital Library For Kids and Educators


Technology has a profound impact on education as well. But most importantly we need to encourage them to use high quality educational apps that are both fun and useful. As parents and educators we are responsible for what our children are exposed to when browsing their smart devices. One of my favorite educational apps that I personally use and recommend is Epic! you have unlimited access to more than 25,000 quality books at a fixed monthly subscription rate.

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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.

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


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.

Scholastic Teams Up with 5 Female Leaders to Debut New “Rising Voices” K–5 Classroom Library Collection to Empower Girls in STEAM

eSchool News

The Second Collection in the Rising Voices Library® Series Features Powerful Messages from Industry Mentors to Shatter Misconceptions About Girls as Future Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math .

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Tips and Strategies for Educators


In many cases, without even realizing it, educators plan their curriculum without considering whether it includes the diverse backgrounds and identities of their students. 10] By prioritizing diversity and inclusion in class, educators can prepare every student to reach their potential.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education. These are great for educational institutions and learners that can afford them. Accessible, Low-Entry, High Ceiling Materials and Activities.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

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.

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. Exploratory, hands-on learning is also known as “maker education.” A library is a safe space for students to learn and explore their own interests,” Jopeck said.

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

The Hechinger Report

On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. Matt Coe, special education teacher, Tennessee.

How to transform a library into a makerspace

eSchool News

In a recent edWebinar , hosted by, Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, and Donna Burns, technology integrator, both from New Canaan High School (NCHS) 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.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). 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.

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Phones There are schools where many families may not have access to devices or Wi-Fi. Library: Go to the library and have your child pick out lots of books. GoNoodle : Help your children and yourself stay active and mindful with GoNoodle Thrively : Find the right kids activities, educational games, and apps for your child.

Students Step up to Lead Tech Implementation at Their Elementary School


Maggie is a fifth grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Park Ridge, Illinois and in Fall 2017, she was trained to become a “TechXpert” at her school so she could coach fellow students daily during the tech lab at the LRC. In January 2016, the parent teacher organization at Roosevelt Elementary generously purchased a number of new tools for our school including Spheros, Dash and Dots, Cubelets, Snap Circuits, Osmos, Marble Mazes and a 3D printer.

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. These eBooks are instantly available with simultaneous access for every K-5 student in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline. K-5 QuickStart is based on OverDrive Read, the browser-based reader used by 34,000 libraries and schools worldwide. No app needed, students have instant access right in the browser.

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Try SplashLearn for Summer Learning and Fall Success

The CoolCatTeacher

In this post, I’ll share how parents can use SplashLearn this summer and why educators should prepare now to set up their free SplashLearn account for the fall. SplashLearn for Teachers and Schools – teachers can sign up for free and have access to the full SplashLearn content library.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about her transformation into a global educator because her students got excited and led the way. Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator. Julie: Well, I am very passionate about the fact that I think that all children should have equal access to education. All Children Should Have Equal Access To Education. Some children have access to quality education, and some children don’t.

OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

The problem stems from the fact that when schools closed in the spring, districts and educators selected their digital instructional solutions quickly, often with insufficient vetting and little-to-no district-wide consistency. But access alone wasn’t enough.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources . Discovery Education offers a number of programs, resources and lessons that are specifically focused on helping students expand their thinking on issues of equity and culture.

Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

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 other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Department of Education, during the forum.

Making positive educational moves during the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times ’ s education supplement, Learning. Helping Connecticut’s educators deal with this year’s stress.

Libraries Ready to Code!


The library is a great place to introduce the ready to code concept because we’re public, we’re free, we’re easily accessible. If you needed a little inspiration or a little push into coding activities, or if you need to justify your time and efforts in coding with administrators and faculty, the new video, Libraries Ready to Code, will both light the spark and make the case! You will meet parents who are encouraged by the positive outcomes from library coding programs.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon for Global Education Conference. Vicki: The Global Education Conference is here, November 13-16! What is the Global Education Conference ? What is the Global Education Conference? All sessions are recorded so you can access later. Department of Education, the U.S.

How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?


I believe that every single child is gifted and that every kid has a talent which we as educators should help uncover. Interestingly though, this idea does not originate in education or teaching practice. Other than that, students can have access to ipads, stationary, as well as classroom library to research their ideas. edtech elementary classroom genius hour

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

Schools provide stability for refugees. Covid-19 upended that

The Hechinger Report

Her three kids were enrolled in middle and elementary school; she was working toward her GED. face a litany of additional obstacles to remote learning, including language barriers, access to technology. Together the pair try to decipher and finesse their way through self-education.