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. Collaborate and Promote Your Local Library!

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. There are many barriers and factors to providing that access.

Making Sure All Kids Can Access Books

MiddleWeb

Book Access for All Kids" is a must-read, writes principal, NBCT and veteran school librarian Rita Platt. Book Reviews Reading book access book overnership classroom libraries Colby Sharp Donalyn Miller independent reading Scholastic school libraries

The Future of Libraries - what does it look like?

Educational Technology Guy

Libraries, like schools, are changing with technology. The typical library full of books will be going away and be replaced with a space for accessing digital resources and getting help finding resources. Many libraries are struggling to change and even attract visitors.

Create and Access Interactive Games With TinyTap

techlearning

TinyTap is both a tool for creating interactive games and books and a vast library of precreated games and content

View & Access over 6,000 Photochrom Prints from the Library of Congress

Indiana Jen

The Library of Congress has published its collection of more than 6,000 photochrom pictures from the turn of the 20th century. You can view and access the collection here. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008679501/. Accessed November 15, 2016.).

Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap to support students, particularly those most in need. So can companies such as Facebook further support home access for students?

Play Library Santa: Sharing gifts of digital media

NeverEndingSearch

This year, I’ve found myself giving many of them a rather unintentional gift–an introduction to their public libraries’ digital media collections. I no longer subscribe to print magazines because of my public library’s access to RBDigital.

Digital Learning Program From @snaplearning Can Boost Your Class Library!

Kleinspiration

On a nearly annual basis, I find that one of the last things that I have left on my to-do list is maintaining my classroom library. This can be a frustrating task in a normal year, however it becomes a much more tedious process when faced with a number of common library challenges.

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. And the search extends beyond books other types of documents–patents, yearbooks and open-access research papers.

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 ?

Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Digital Promise

Libraries are safe places. That’s why I come here to learn,” says Christine, a student at one of Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Learning Circles. With this in mind, CPL leadership did more than just provide 3,000 public access computers across all its branches.

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.

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. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Opening School Libraries Slows the Summer Slide

MiddleWeb

One way to counter summer slide is to provide easily accessible books. Public libraries are great but many kids can't get to them. Valentina Gonzalez describes the challenges facing ELLs and other kids and suggests ways to make school libraries available over the break.

4 Good iPad Library Apps

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Looking for some good library apps other than Kindle and Kobo? Some of these apps provide access to free eBooks and several other.read moreBelow is a collection of some iPad apps you might want to try.

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Accessing Your Local Library with Libby and Flipster

ProfHacker

One of the questions posed to us was, “How often do you use the library?” I had to ask for clarification: was the question about how often I made use of the library’s resources, or how often I actually entered the building? CC-licensed Flickr image by the San Francisco Public Library ].

Searching Multiple Libraries with the Chrome Library Extension

ProfHacker

That post described Library Extension , a very useful Chrome extension 1 that works with Amazon’s site (reports in the comments section of the LifeHacker post indicate that it works with the Goodreads site, too, though I’ve not tested it). Have you tried Library Extension?

Introducing The Idealis, An Open-Access Journal for Library and Information Science Research

ProfHacker

There’s a new resource for librarians looking for high-quality, open-access library and information science research, The Idealis. Image At the library by Susanne Nilsson licensed CC-BY 2.0. Profession open access scholarly communication scholarly publishing

One future for research libraries

Bryan Alexander

On May 12 the head of the National Science Library at the Chinese Academy of Sciences , Xiaolin Zhang, gave a major speech to the THETA conference in Australia. Anything they don’t own they obtain through consortial relationships (I think that’s inter-library loan).

An Accessible Online Library for People with Print Disabilities

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

May 19, 2017 Bookshare is a platform that provides access to a huge library of reading materials for people with physical disability or visual impairment. The library has over 500.000 titles covering.read more. Tools for disabled students

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.

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. Digital Library?

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

Digital Promise

The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School Library Club students as they worked to design solutions to problems they identified in their community. Why the library?

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. Each morning on our broadcast announcements, I shared 1-2 things that a public library card can get you.

Benetech, Macmillan Pioneer Effort to Make All Digital Books ‘Born Accessible’

Edsurge

Working with more than 850 publishers across the world, the library adds as many as 100,000 titles every year, according to Brad Turner, vice president and general manager of global education and literacy at Benetech , the nonprofit that runs Bookshare.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Finally, in order to prevent maker education in becoming the educational flavor of the month, administrators, educators, and libraries need to not be seduced by these high tech tools. Accessible, Low-Entry, High Ceiling Materials and Activities. Materials Openly and Easily Accessible.

5 Great Kids Digital Libraries

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

December 8, 2017 Here are five web platforms where you can access a wide variety of books and other reading materials designed specifically for kids. kids librariesFeatures provided differ from one platform.read more.

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. Fruth describes this new data access landscape as a teeter-totter effect.

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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. However, I know that most Egyptian academics have no such access. Public universities have very limited library resources.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented. No longer just a haven for dusty books and stern shushes, the library is now a place for digital resources and makerspaces and flexible learning. The landscape of a K–12 library is changing with the times, and librarians oversee an important space for today’s modern learner. Student Feedback Can Be Helpful for Library Design.

How to transform a library into a makerspace

eSchool News

Through a five-year radical book-weeding process from 2011- 2016, the NCHS library had eliminated all of the library’s free-standing bookshelves. The third year was the most significant when the makerspace moved into a new area in the library.

Libraries Ready to Code!

NeverEndingSearch

The library is a great place to introduce the ready to code concept because we’re public, we’re free, we’re easily accessible. You will see a “Girls Just Want to Compute” class taught by HS girls at the Gaithersburg Public Library. Libraries are a natural fit for coding programs.

6 growing trends taking over academic libraries

eSchool News

Spreading digital fluency is now a core responsibility of academic libraries, and Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) are poised to amplify the utility and reach of library services like never before. Featured on eSchool News IT Newsletter Research School Librarie

Introducing Open Library of the Humanities

ProfHacker

This past fall semester, the Open Library of the Humanities , or OLH, officially launched their publishing arm. The OLH is: a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). Image: Library Bookshelf.

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

The Hechinger Report

In Colleen Graves’ library, they make use of a much cheaper resource. “It’s The school librarian from Leander, Texas, was speaking on a panel about how to make makerspaces affordable and accessible in low-income and rural schools.

Here Is A Very Good App for Borrowing eBooks and Audiobooks for Local Libraries

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Libby is an excellent app that allows you to access your local library and borrow ebooks and audiobooks. The way Libby works is very simple: open the app, find your local library, use your library.read more. 2019 audiobooks iPad library apps

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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.

Library 2.0

Learning with 'e's

What does the future hold for our university libraries? The library has long been seen by many as a very traditional, conservative institution, and is often portrayed as a place where rows upon rows of antiquated book shelves slowly gather dust. 2009) Library 2.0:

MLA Commons CORE and Open Access

ProfHacker

The Modern Language Association recently announced an exciting open-access project, Humanities Core , funded by the NEH. The project is very ambitious and promises to be a valuable asset for researchers, particularly those without access to the expensive databases of large universities.