Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Although they would eventually change their model to focus on traditionally copyrighted textbooks, FWK’s over 100 openly licensed textbooks can still be found archived around the web in places like the Open Textbook Library and the Saylor Foundation’s website. Effective Advocacy.

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. Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

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


Television coverage included this report by NBC10’s Stephanía Jiménez: For me, one of the most powerful moments was Kayla Johnson’s poignant recognition of her privilege , as a student who attended Philadelphia schools that still had librarians through her whole K12 experience.

Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW!

The Daring Librarian

I’m writing on behalf of a single voice, who has reached out to School Library Journal looking for “help and hope”. Our efforts can’t focus solely on the school library channel. And to build on the momentum, and perhaps to help fashion a wider advocacy plan that we can all support.

Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education: What We Learned

Educator Innovator

It’s been a year since YALSA and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) started work on the Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education (CE) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) project. YALSA library out-of-school

I dare you NOT to share! (So many AASL School Library Month goodies!)


It’s just the beginning of School Library Month. AASL has been doing some seriously creative thinking about how we might use the month of April to celebrate the 2016 theme: the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. Think annual report.

Boys Will Be Boys

Reading By Example

He and another boy were playing tag in the library. A multimedia presentation, such as an interactive video, doesn’t have to replace the traditional report. In fact, the report could be a prerequisite for the digital-based task which could complement the original writing project.

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Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please join us for the third annual global conversation about the future of libraries: October 18-19, 2013, [link]. There are eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, doctoral student research, library and information center "tours," and more! join the Library 2.0 Ffion Alice Bell, Graduate Library Assistant.


Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

Digital Promise

That was the thought the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX) had when creating their most recent report, “ Engaging Youth in a Connected World ,” in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Outlier Research. How you can recreate CLX’s out-of-school-time report.

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They helped all schools get good internet, now they’re focusing on homes

The Hechinger Report

Families have, for years, parked outside of businesses that offer free Wi-Fi or taken their children to libraries to find a way to complete assignments that do require the internet. And the level of advocacy and support for a solution has snowballed.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Credit: Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Reporting contributed by Neal Morton.

Colleges must stop holding students hostage and release their debt

The Hechinger Report

Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report. We didn’t pay a parking ticket or a library fine, and our college refused to release our transcript. But imagine that a student’s debt went beyond failing to pay a library fine. The Hechinger Report receives financial support from Lumina.

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. based education advocacy group. “It

Impero Software Announces New Version of its Flagship Product – Impero Education Pro – at ISTE 2018


The software has been updated to include a new mental health keyword library, google authentication, and improved scalability to support larger school districts, among other features.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

EducationSuperHighway’s advocacy supported the district’s efforts perfectly. E-rate is funded by collecting fees that telecommunications companies pass on to customers, and it supports massive discounts on goods and services for schools and libraries.

Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

They may also enjoy quiet trips to a museum, visiting the local library, taking music lessons, painting, and quiet reading spaces. Advocate: Young introverts need parental advocacy for public school. Written by: Robyn D. Shulman.

Choosing pass/fail grades may help college students now, but could cost them later

The Hechinger Report

In the midst of such disruption — with hastily prepared classes delivered remotely, and without professors’ office hours, libraries or advisors — students were demanding the option to pass or fail their courses this semester, instead of getting letter grades.

Digital Equity in Rural School Districts


Providing families with used school-issued Chromebooks, adding access points outside the school buildings, and collaborating with community partners on projects such as youth centers and public libraries are providing students and the entire community with access to technology.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data


These days we do a lot of workshops and special projects around freedom of information and privacy issues and advocacy work because that act was passed back in 1992. You had some experience in research and advocacy for privacy before you started there, while you were a student.

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Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset


In 2017, EducationSuperHighway’s annual “State of the States” report declared 94 percent of U.S. billion E-rate program that provides broadband discounts to schools and libraries—along with the U.S. It’s the beginning of the end of the road for EducationSuperHighway.

Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

The Hechinger Report

Alicia Vera for The Hechinger Report. Angie Perez and some of her classmates are studying together in a covered plaza that connects a classroom building with the law library at St. Alicia Vera for The Hechinger Report. Alicia Vera for The Hechinger Report. The St.

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A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

This disparity in home computer and internet access, dubbed the “homework gap,” was a slow-burning problem for most districts in the days when schools were in session and students could get online at libraries, after-school programs, coffee shops and other community gathering spots.

Sign Up Now - Fascinating New Sessions at "Privacy in the Digital Age" Virtual Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're in the process of adding five fascinating new sessions to the Library 2.016 mini-conference: "Privacy in the Digital Age." Their topic will be "A Current Update on Library Records, Privacy, and National Security Letters." Please also join this Library 2.0

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet


The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, Library Media Specialist, White Oak ISD, TX in the edWebinar “ Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.”

Orientation Inspiration 2017


And there seem to be a few go-to digital tools to support engagement, discovery and setting a fun and participatory tone for what library (and the librarian) looks like. For her DIY approach, We use videos, QR codes, a Google Form and Flubaroo to introduce freshmen to our high school library.

Some colleges start to confront a surprising reason students fail: Too many choices

The Hechinger Report

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Impero Education Pro v6.3 wins Tech & Learning TCEA Best of Show Award


It also provides classroom management and anonymous reporting features, as well as tools to help schools and IT departments manage multiple devices. Automatically updated keyword libraries, if desired, giving schools instant access to the latest versions. Austin, TX, Feb.

E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

eSchool News

Common Sense Kids Action, the advocacy arm of Common Sense Media, and SETDA will work together this year and in 2016 and 2017 to encourage digital leaders to file applications for E-rate program funding. Material from a press release was used in this report.

Increasingly skeptical students, employees want colleges to show them the money

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Diane Weiss for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Diane Weiss for The Hechinger Report. “It’s A network of student groups affiliated with the Roosevelt Institute, including that chapter at Michigan State, report that 19 public and private universities it studied lost a collective $2.7

Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments


They need to work closely with the teachers to better understand how they are using the assessments and how they can create concrete, actionable reports that the teachers can turn around and use. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Spanish-Speaking Parents Struggle to Learn How Well Schools Serve Their Children


As observed in Part I of EdSurge’s report on school data, parents say insights from data dashboards allows them to make informed decisions about their children’s school experience and helps the community hold local officials accountable to promises for improvements. For people to go into the library to be able to access that data, that’s hard too. You know you can’t just go into a library to get a library card because nowadays they ask you for an ID.

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Launching Future Ready Librarians


The printable Future Ready Librarians Fact Sheet can be a critical advocacy tool. ” In his conclusion, Mark insists: The next time you are in a conversation with someone about libraries and librarians, make sure they’re talking as much about the future, as about the past.

Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman


Walters also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector including as chair of Book Aid International, a charity that equips libraries in sub-Saharan African countries with textbooks and readers.

Impero Software Partners with Mental Health America to Help Identify Mental Health Concerns in Schools


Through the partnership, MHA will help Impero build its new keyword library, which contains terms specific to mental health issues. MHA will also help Impero further develop its keyword libraries relating to suicide, self-harm and eating disorders.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Alison Yin for The Hechinger Report. “Last year I thought about it a lot because as a junior you start to realize how fast things are going,” she said in the library, otherwise empty but for students playing cards. Photo: Alison Yin for The Hechinger Report.