LightSail announces free digital ebook library

eSchool News

K-12 literacy solution provider LightSail will offer a free Starter Library for all customers. The Starter Library includes 200 texts spanning elementary, middle, and high school reading levels, and will grow to 350 texts by March, 2015. Next page: Sample ebook titles.

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OverDrive launches QuickStart eBooks for elementary schools

eSchool News

OverDrive, an eBook and audiobook platform for schools, wants all kids to become great readers. These eBooks are instantly available with simultaneous access for every K-5 student in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline. eBooks and eReaders News

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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.

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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. 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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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.

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. 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. Epic app (free) works on multiple platforms - students have individualized e-book libraries based on their interests.

Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

They can also send them as eBooks that people can read on their mobile devices or computers. Here’s a class library for an elementary classroom. From my high school classroom to this elementary classroom.

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. 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

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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Using Design Thinking to Support Makerspaces

Derry said libraries often find it easier to encourage play than schools, which tend to be more closed environments. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award.

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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].

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. 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.

Live Thursday, May 3rd - School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, May 3rd, for live and interactive Future of Education conversation with Buffy Hamilton and Kristin Fontichiaro, editors of School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come. What is the future of school libraries?

3 Ways to Add Student Voice to Anything!


Place the Sound Sticker on the cover for other classmates to listen to when deciding on a book from the classroom library. I even have a free downloadable eBook explaining how to get started creating your first Aura in a step-by-step guide. We Love Using LiveScribe Sound Stickers!

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On the importance of making a (reopening) plan


Pen Argyl school libraries are where you find the pulse of the schools. Eliminating school library programs and certified school librarian positions deprive students of rich learning opportunities, jeopardize academic and reading achievement, and perpetuate educational inequities.

On INFOhio’s light


The ISearch widget generator makes it easy for librarians and teachers to install a Discovery search approach to any website, making it so easy for users to find articles, ebooks, videos and more. The MakerSpace movement is steadily growing within Ohio’s school libraries.

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13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

International Children’s Digital Library. Books are made available from a variety of sources including the Library of Congress. Open Library. Elementary and middle school children can read the books or have them read aloud to them.

Savvy #ISTE17 Interviews: BYOD ISTE Sessions for Tuesday

Teacher Reboot Camp

Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my ebook, Learning to Go. Social Media for the Library (B311). Computer Programming in the Elementary School (B313). Baby Savvy caught up with our good friend, Cori Coburn (@coburncori) who helps on the organizing teams of various conferences, including ISTE. This year Cori helped oversee the BYOD sessions. You take your device and learn interactively. Cori gives a quick overview of Monday’s BYOD sessions.

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PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

You can also visit PASCO website’s Digital Library for hundreds of free labs and experiments that can be sorted by age group (elementary, MS, HS, AP, or University) or subject. PASCO offers curricula in Chemistry and Physics, complete with textbooks, eBooks, and their own award-winning equipment. Data collection and analysis are cornerstones for many STEM and STEAM programs but they’re not just about math.

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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. Partnership offers automated assessment of students’ oral reading fluency — for testing at school or at home .

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. 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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Fuel Education Expands Reading Literacy Platform for Schools and Districts


It now offers more than 13,000 high-quality, leveled eBooks to help schools boost their balanced literacy program for students in grades K–12 to improve reading skills. Of the eBooks in Big Universe’s expanded library, most are designed for the third-grade reading level.

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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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How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

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To Raise a Reader

Reading By Example

It was a book I relied on when I taught elementary school. MY STUDENTS ARE NOT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Two words: Public library. Mineral Point has an excellent public library with helpful and knowledgeable staff. Library staff offers a storytime for little ones every Monday morning at 10 A.M. If transportation is an issue, consider utilizing Overdrive , a digital library of eBooks and audiobooks.

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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StoryBots launches interactive resources for teachers

eSchool News

It is fun, engaging, uplifting, auditory, interactive and educational, all in one,” said Kelly Wade, kindergarten teacher at Collins Elementary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Learning Videos – a library of 110+ animated musical videos that explore a wide range of topics.

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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. 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.

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. Elementary Arts and Creativity Artsonia.

30 Sites/Apps for Digital Storytelling

Technology Tidbits

Book Creator - A great mobile (iOS/Chrome) app that educators everywhere are using to create stunning eBooks and digital stories. Speech Journal - A nice iPad app for pairing recorded audio w/ a digital picture from one's iPhoto library to create a story.

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Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids


Genre-fy the Library. When Sherry Gick became the library and instructional technology specialist at Rossville Consolidated Schools in Indiana, she was troubled that ever-younger students would tell her they hated reading.