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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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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The Most Epic Digital Library For Kids and Educators


is an ebook app specifically designed for kids aged 12 and under. 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. Digital Library?

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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.

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].

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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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.

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading


I started by taking a good look at the books I had available—only to find that my physical classroom library is filled with outdated, “dog-eared” books that are expensive to replace and are a minuscule sampling of the many thousands of books available in the world. My learners needed choices that my physical book collection could not provide, and I need a way to bolster my library and give students more choices. Casey's Four Top eBook Platforms for English Language Learners.

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On search agility: There’s more than one place to start


I plan to share options for elementary, portals and curation searching in upcoming posts.). Google Books : While not every book result is available as a preview, Google Books is an underused treasure filled with a different type of content in preview, Google eBooks and free Google eBooks.

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Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Other than libraries and news outlets, students were dependent on the educator to provide them with information. Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book.



CURRICULUM ASSOCIATES AQUIRES MOTION MATH ( ) & ( ) Curriculum Associates has acquired Motion Math to further help elementary students improve their math fluency and number sense in key conceptual areas.

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"


Simply Hop on Over to Tom's Blog to Download My Free 18 Page eBook with Printables, Classroom Photos, and More! I encourage you to hold off on finishing your classroom library.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Software & Online CAPSTONE PEBBLEGO SPANISH DATABASE FOR K-12 STUDENTS ( ) Capstone is pleased to announce its most popular PebbleGo databases are now available in Spanish.

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iPad Essentials: What can iBooks do for you?


For a great example of a simpler iBook that could be used in speech-language sessions, check out Snapshot Picture Library''s Baby Animals. ScienceWerkz publishes fun, magazine-style eBooks with interactive features and video.

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To #AASL11 Minneapolis and Back: Report to Faculty

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Top Resource to Share: 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning The YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Asssociation) committee goes through a rigorous selection process every year, to pare the list down to a mere 25. Intellectual privacy is a huge issue with ebooks.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

TeachThought - Learn better.

pdf and staff involved in curriculum development, staff development, or operating library, media and computer centers), pupil support services staff (e.g. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . by TeachThought Staff.