How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries

The CoolCatTeacher

Carolyn Foote on episode 578 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Many schools are reimagining the learning spaces that some call libraries or media centers. Listen to Carolyn Foote talk about Redesigning Libraries Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Challenge Have conversations at your school about the learning space relating to your library or media center.

How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she’s going to improve her library even more this summer. Scroll down for some super cool pics of her library) SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Listen to Amanda Johnson talk about her library Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. The post 5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. 5 Idea Friday All Subjects ELA/ ELL Teachers Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Librarians Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13

COVID-19 Is Forever Changing How Students Experience Libraries

Edsurge

There’s a ritual that kicks off every new quarter in Michelle Luhtala’s library at New Canaan High School, one where English teachers send a gaggle of students through her doors to pick a new batch of books. Diana Rendina’s library at Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla.,

Public Libraries Can Improve Remote Learning. Here’s How.

Edsurge

With that being said, it is also worth noting that there is still one more amazing resource that families should tap to make the most of any online learning experience—the local public library. Math (everything from elementary school arithmetic to calculus and statistics).

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

International Children’s Digital Library has an incredible collection of stories in a wide range of languages. I’d love to hear what elementary teachers are using to get students reading online. In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students.

Super Duper Digital Library is selected as a Winner by Two Prestigious Family Awards Programs

eSchool News

The Super Duper Digital Library , a collection of hundreds of online cards, games, and worksheets to support reading and literacy skills for children in Pre-K – Grade 5, recently won two prestigious awards programs – the Family Choice Awards and the Mom’s Choice Awards.

Distance Learning Packages for Schools, Academic Institutions, and Libraries

eSchool News

Infobase, the award-winning provider of digital reference content to the school and library community, today announced that it has created a variety of distance learning packages to help schools, colleges and universities, and public libraries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ancillary Coronavirus Update CEO challenges classrooms colleges digital distance learning educators help high schools IT learning librarians libraries library online

A padlocked drinking fountain, tree stump seats and a caution-taped library: See how the coronavirus has transformed schools

The Hechinger Report

Picture of library shelves with “caution do not enter” tape. Elsewhere, a school used caution tape to prevent students from roaming through bookshelves in the library. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School News Hechinger West Multimedia

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

School-to-home access allows students to continue their independent work at home, in blended learning models, extended-day programs, or libraries and other community centers. adaptive literacy adaptive programs for elementary blended learning core 5 core5 differentiated instruction Guided Reading language arts apps lexia lexia core 5 lexis reading personalized learning Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ?

Transforming your library into a makerspace

eSchool News

In a recent edWebinar , hosted by edWeb.net, Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, and Donna Burns, technology integrator, both from New Canaan High School (NCHS) in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace. Through a five-year radical book-weeding process from 2011- 2016, the NCHS library had eliminated all of the library’s free-standing bookshelves.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. Fleming, who also runs and manages her own business, Worlds of Making , says too often schools build library makerspaces just for the top engineering students or the gifted and talented students.

Have you seen “What Works” for your schools? Amplify success with a video library of teaching

Edthena

Or even teaching fractions in a late-elementary classroom. New toolsets from Edthena allow any district to curate a video library of searchable lesson segments, tagged to teaching standards, and shared securely to all staff members within the district. Now, teachers can see best-practice instructional examples of their peers in a searchable Organization Library. We’ve made each organization’s library searchable by grade, subject, and tags.

Common Core Elementary Apps Created by Teachers for the @iTooch App by EduPad!

Kleinspiration

iTooch Elementary is an app covering the official Maths, Science and Language Arts curriculum for grades 3-5. iTooch Element ary Produc t Review The iTooch library opens u pon download with options for ten different free downloads ( Language Arts, Science, and Math for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, along with a health app for 5th grade). apps for education apps for kids Edupad itooch language arts apps for elementary math apps for elementary science apps for elementary

The New Librarian: Implementing a district-wide Library Learning Commons initiative

eSchool News

A few years ago, while working as a teacher librarian at Templeton Elementary School in Oregon, I had the opportunity to redesign the school’s library website to include digital resources for the students to use as part of a shift to 1:1 iPad learning. Three years later, I’m replicating this model for the entire district, building a Library Learning Commons where all students have digital access to curated, shared resources in conjunction with full-scale 1:1 learning.

Digital Technology in the Elementary Music Classroom

Tech Helpful

Here's a non-exhaustive list of the digital music technology I use in my classroom, and a perspective on the benefits/disadvantages for elementary school students. It contains various free samples available for use in a library, and can be sample-based, loop based, or can utilize your own tracks. Machiniste" is a drum machine with the ability to import samples from the Audiotool sample library, which is sourced and uploaded by other users of the online app.

Fascinating library project has students award peace prize

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This piece is the first in our new monthly series focusing on Innovative School Libraries and Librarians. Be sure to keep checking back during the month of August for new library-focused articles!]. Barrow Elementary, the project begins with each student selecting one of six nominees from civil rights history to research. Curriculum eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News How-to International School Libraries Top News

How to transform a library into a makerspace

eSchool News

In a recent edWebinar , hosted by edWeb.net, Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, and Donna Burns, technology integrator, both from New Canaan High School (NCHS) in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace. 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 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. A classroom or library can be transformed into its own makerspace, a space for powerful student learning by doing the following realistic and workable actions: Removal of Obsolete, Non-Flexible Classroom Desks (including the traditional teacher’s desk).

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Library: Go to the library and have your child pick out lots of books. Schools being closed is nothing new. There are spring and winter breaks. There are snow days. There is summer vacation. At these times teachers, schools, and districts may decide to give students homework packets with various activities. Parents need to figure out childcare.

5 Classroom Design Themes for Elementary Make-Overs!

Kleinspiration

Imagine the creative seating area you could set up for your classroom library! From "White-Room" to Classroom - Enter the G i v e - A w a y at the Bottom of this Post - Prior to entering the profession of teaching, I studied Interior Design at Michigan State University for a bit more than three years.

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. This year, I brought the idea up at our monthly media specialist meeting and we started brainstorming ideas with Evan Bush, the children’s librarian at the main branch of the Athens Clarke County Library. Barrow Elementary Facebook page. Happy Library Card Month!

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. They are all in your personal library that you can take anywhere. Digital Library? Variety of formats and a growing library. And this library is growing every day. And giving access to this library completely for FREE is extremely generous.

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 - https://www.getepic.com/ students have individualized e-book libraries based on their interests. It is a huge arsenal and an all-you-can-read eBook library for kids 12 and under with unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality kids’ books.

One Teacher’s Year Inside the World’s Largest Library

Edsurge

The largest library in the world contains more than 168 million items, with materials in some 470 languages, and is located in Washington, D.C. The Library of Congress, situated right behind the U.S. teacher to spend a year at the Library of Congress researching, writing and seeking out primary sources that K-12 teachers across the country could use in their classroom lessons. Then the library makes that source material available and easily accessible to all.

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. Each free text in the Starter Library comes with LightSail’s signature feature: multiple-measure assessments which are embedded into the text, and completed as students read. Free titles include books from more than 400 publishers.

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Building Home Libraries: A Community Collaboration

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

One of the goals of the Barrow Elementary Media Center is to support the reading habits and curiosities of students, teachers, and families. During the school year, our library is a huge source of reading, but I often wonder what I can do to continue to support reading during the summer months when students are at home. What do their home libraries look like? What can we do as a school to support the idea of building a home library?

Building Home Libraries: A Community Collaboration

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

One of the goals of the Barrow Elementary Media Center is to support the reading habits and curiosities of students, teachers, and families. During the school year, our library is a huge source of reading, but I often wonder what I can do to continue to support reading during the summer months when students are at home. What do their home libraries look like? What can we do as a school to support the idea of building a home library?

Home Libraries and Summer Reading

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We are quickly approaching summer at our school, so we have been winding down activities in the library and looking ahead to what we might read this summer. Families decorated book boxes, learned some reading strategies, and talked about the importance of a home library. Hooray for the public library sharing their summer reading program. Another project I’ve been working on is proving books to an additional community within our school to build up home libraries.

Home Libraries and Summer Reading

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We are quickly approaching summer at our school, so we have been winding down activities in the library and looking ahead to what we might read this summer. Families decorated book boxes, learned some reading strategies, and talked about the importance of a home library. Hooray for the public library sharing their summer reading program. Another project I’ve been working on is proving books to an additional community within our school to build up home libraries.

Back to School with Elementari

Technology Tidbits

Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning. Back to School updates: New Classroom Features Classroom analytics - Measure how your students engage and learn with Elementari with key metrics such as time spent writing, time spent coding, and the number of characters written day by day. Beautiful classroom library - Classroom libraries not only showcase your students' published stories but also include class highlights and class awards.

4 grants perfect for leaders and libraries

eSchool News

This month’s grants focus on libraries, literacy, and school leadership. The 2015 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Next page: This month’s library and literacy grants. A handful of grants and funding opportunities that support programs and collaboration. Even as we head into the summer months, there’s still funding opportunities for schools and educators focusing on programs and self-improvement.

OverDrive launches QuickStart eBooks for elementary schools

eSchool News

K-5 QuickStart is based on OverDrive Read, the browser-based reader used by 34,000 libraries and schools worldwide. Service offers teacher-recommended titles with simultaneous access for K-5 students in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline. OverDrive, an eBook and audiobook platform for schools, wants all kids to become great readers.

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Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. A library is a safe space for students to learn and explore their own interests,” Jopeck said. When Jopeck worked as an elementary school librarian in Annandale, Va.,

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. Fleming, who also runs and manages her own business, Worlds of Making , says too often schools build library makerspaces just for the top engineering students or the gifted and talented students.