Education Businesses, Associations Want School Library Funding Increased

Marketplace K-12

A coalition of more than 20 companies and organizations want the Senate to fold a bill about school libraries into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Literature-Map: Help students find new authors to fall in love with

iLearn Technology

Literature Map is a great site to bookmark on classroom computers, in the library, or on student devices. What it is: Literature Map is a literature recommendation system. It is really easy to discover a new author.

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Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree is a teacher-librarian at Cougar Ridge Elementary School near Seattle, WA. Prior to landing her librarian dream job, she was both a secondary and primary classroom teacher.

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

Students can use the pre-selected images, choose an image from the My Simple Show library of images, or upload their own image or picture. What it is: My Simple Show Video Creator lets students easily create professional level “explainer” videos.

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Check123: Video Encyclopedia

iLearn Technology

Check123 is a great one to keep bookmarked on classroom and library computers for quick reference. What it is: Check 123 is a new video encyclopedia site for kids.

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Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.

iLearn Technology

As students are searching the library through the Aurasma app, they will see the reviews that other students have left behind. What it is: Aurasma is an app (also a website) that allows learners to quickly create augmented reality experiences for others.

Refreshing your on- and offline spaces with a bit of library eye candy


When it comes time for a bit of library refreshing, in the form of posters and bulletin boards, there are so many wonderful shared options. Also on Pinterest, Renée Stewart has collected more than 200 vintage library posters.

Digital Badges: credentialing the things that make us fully human

iLearn Technology

because it brings us so many books and expands our classroom libraries and feeds our students desire to read. Two weeks ago, I attended the Digital Badge Summit in Denver, CO.

Flash & Thunder- Part graphic novel, part game, all fun and learning

iLearn Technology

This challenge would be an excellent addition to your classroom library. What it is: INVICTA Challenge combines technology (in the form of an action-packed video game), a graphic novel, maps, an operation packet and an action figure that inspires kids to read and problem solve.

#getESEAright: Make some noise for school library funding on Thursday night


We need to tell legislators how important school libraries and librarians are to our students and we need your voice to take up the rallying cry. Here’s how you can help: On Thursday, April 9, 2015, between 7-8pm , post one or all of the tweets below, or create your own: School libraries receive over 1.3 getESEAright – include funding for school libraries with the SKILLS Act. Strong school libraries drive student achievement!

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?

Special Library 2.0 Interview Today with David Loertscher, Plus Other Live Sessions from WLMA

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Friday, October 14th, for a live and interactive webinar with David Loertscher , who will be coming in live from the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) 2011 conference to visit with us.

On INFOhio’s light


INFOhio , Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library, knows how important it is to spread light–in knowledge and in leadership–by reaching out to the education community. The MakerSpace movement is steadily growing within Ohio’s school libraries.

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4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

Another team created their own game testing protocol and got feedback from a local game library. In HP Teaching Fellow Melissa Wrenchey’s class, students collaborate to design prototypes that address real-world challenges.

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom


Use kid-friendly Twitter feeds like those by NASA, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, and Library of Congress. Because Facebook’s age limit is 13, elementary schoolers won’t have their own accounts. Where do students spend their time outside of school?

Demonstrating the Impact of Powerful Learning: HP Teaching Fellows and Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As part of the Reinvent the Classroom initiative, a collaboration between Digital Promise, HP, Microsoft, and Intel, Digital Promise is supporting innovative elementary and secondary school teachers through the HP Teaching Fellows.

The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum


Dr. Barbara Stripling, Professor Emerita, Syracuse University, and former ALA President, describes the history and goals of the project that builds on an earlier version developed by school librarians in 2009 under the auspices of the Office of Library Services and its former Director, Dr. Stripling.

Video Book Trailer Awards

The Daring Librarian

On September 27th, School Library Journal will ask readers to vote for the best video trailers that promote books and encourage reading. Winners will be announced at the School Library Journal Leadership Summit on the Future of Reading on October 22, 2010 in Chicago.

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Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

The Christensen Institute

Teacher Advisor is a free online resource that helps elementary school teachers plan math lessons. It houses a library of K-5 math open education resources (OERs)—including activities, lesson plans, and supporting materials—from organizations such as EngageNY , the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , CPALMS , and UnboundEd.

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Act now: Important IAL funding news from the DOE!


The notice in the Federal Register shared that 50 percent of all grant funds, more than $13 million , are reserved for use by school libraries serving high need LEAs.

STEM Gains Traction in After-School Programs

Leadership Lounge

But addressing this need has presented schools with some significant challenges: • At the elementary school level, finding the time in the school day as well as finding teachers qualified to teach tech classes are major hurdles.


How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

They get an email when new content is added to the membership library. There is a group for elementary (K-5) and one for secondary. Find life balance and get your weekends back From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

How big is their library of single sign-on applications? degree in early childhood and elementary education at Liberty University; a Masters of Education in school leadership and policy studies at the University of Virginia; and a PhD in educational leadership at Clemson University.

ESSA learning more, doing more


I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. Deb’s presentation ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for School Library Programs , shares critical background on the ESSA reauthorization and a plan for moving forward.

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding


Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools. Customized Experiences: A member of the Education Elements consulting team will create a custom roadmap, set of prioritized actions and library of relevant resources, based on the district’s needs.

What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

Kristina Stratton, principal, Westside Elementary School, Florida. “In Esra Murray, library media specialist, Cider Mill Elementary School, Connecticut. Susan Keene, 3rd-grade teacher, West Newton Elementary, Indiana. “My

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Students at Revere High School in Revere, Massachusetts, worked in groups in the school library in 2015. Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

MyTeachingPartner-Secondary (MTP-S) is a coaching system that provides a library of videos showing effective teaching, as well as personalized Web-based feedback videos of teaching practice using the research-based CLASS-S scoring system to define effective student-teacher interactions (Allen et al., In an experiment with 48 teachers and 1,490 upper-elementary students, STeLLA improved science teaching and science content knowledge among students and teachers (Roth et al.,

#ThankATeacher: Appreciation Stories from the EducationSuperHighway Team

Education Superhighway

Mrs. Charles was the first and only African-American teacher I would have throughout my primary and secondary schooling. She would sneak books with cassettes out of the library so I could take them home and practice my reading.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

TeachThought - Learn better.

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. Communication depends on a common language.

Live Interview Tuesday, January 31st - David Loertscher on Physical and Virtual Learning Commons and Building Personal Learning Environments

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, January 31st, for a live and interactive webinar with David Loertscher, professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University and proponent of the library as a new learning commons.

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?


Elementary think alouds. At the elementary stage, these quotes represent talking points from our 4th and 5th graders. On the other had, a smaller number of elementary students see Wikipedia as a starting point to discover additional content.

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Boom! All 7 "Collaboration & Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google EduOnAir Conference, in One Spot

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Helping Your Students Collaborate with Google Apps Intended audience: Educator Level: Beginner; elementary +Rolland Chidiac describes how GAFE has changed the culture of his classroom, beyond the technology. Level: Beginner; high school / upper secondary.

12 16 Resource Sites for Teaching and Learning With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Lessons are sorted by elementary and secondary, with a section on Russian history. On a personal note: One of our library parent proctors competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics, so I''ll be enjoying the Sochi Winter Olympics through her eyes too! I love the Olympics!

Global Collaboration Week Begins - Find a Project and Connect!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

It outlines innovative and interdisciplinary projects using social interaction media; offers creative strategies for producing media with elementary students and developing global education projects integrating media and health skills.