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.

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.

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

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.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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

Can Federal ‘School Safety’ Funds Be Used for Surveillance Tech? Congress Is Looking Into It.


Language from a Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo obtained by EdSurge shows that the Library of Congress is conducting research for Congress on whether local education agencies can use Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) funds “to purchase items related to school safety, such as metal detectors and security cameras.” The Department of Education said they would look into the possibility, The New York Times reported.

A guide for how to select the best tech tools for your school

eSchool News

A technology committee should include the IT director or members of the IT department, teachers who actively use technology, the library media specialist, an instructional technology specialist, an administrator or superintendent, board of education members, parents, and students.

Critics warn that well-meaning reforms may be lowering the quality of college

The Hechinger Report

A student walks past the Bender Library on the American University campus in Washington, D.C. Photo: Jackie Mader for The Hechinger Report. The post Critics warn that well-meaning reforms may be lowering the quality of college appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. For testing and student data reporting, Northern Cass will still link students with an expected year of graduation. “We’ll

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


The promotion allows teachers and schools to test out the Bloomz Premium subscription, which offers exclusive tools to communicate and coordinate with their parent community, such as unlimited storage for teachers and administrators, engagement reports, premium calendar, and more.

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.



In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. who are interested in establishing a makerspace in their libraries. Original reporting features (time spent reading, books read, etc.)

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

iterating toward openness

To try to answer this question, I did a quick count of the titles listed in the Open Textbook Library , which is the biggest referatory of “whole course OER” that I’m aware of. Other books in the library appear to be great supplements, but not large enough in scope to substitute for all of the traditionally copyrighted materials (TCM) normally used in a course. The Linux Foundation issues an annual report about activities related to kernel development.

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Are you future ready?


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.

Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.


Even though the per-item costs with the bulk courseware arrangements are usually lower than the retail price, the switch eliminates the ability for students to find a used or free alternative from a friend or library.

Future Ready Librarians launch


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.