The Making of the Modern Librarian: The Value of School Libraries

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For a new generation of educators, these pursuits have something in common: They’re all appropriate learning exercises that can take place in the school library. The Evolution of the School Library. A virtual reality field trip. A lesson on how to create a podcast.

TeachingBooks Resources Available to 24 Million Readers with New Statewide Library Systems Added in 2021

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With the addition of the new licenses, more than 24 million readers at over 55,000 schools, public libraries and higher education institutions can now access TeachingBooks’ curated educational materials.


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Gale Launches New Accredited Online Adult High School Program to Public Libraries

eSchool News

September 11, 2021 – Gale , part of Cengage Group, today announced the launch of Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School , a new online accredited diploma completion program available to public libraries. The program will be available to all public libraries in Missouri this month.

Boosting Engagement in Your Digital Library

Once your school district makes the commitment to have a digital library, the next step is for people to understand how they can stay engaged. In “ Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement ,” Kelly Hladek, Library Media Specialist and Technology Liaison at Morton High School, School City of Hammond, IN, discussed best practices for engaging students, teachers and the community in the district’s eBook and audiobook collection.

Secrets from the library lines: 5 ways schools can boost digital engagement

eSchool News

Once your school district makes the commitment to have a digital library, the next step is for people to understand how they can stay engaged. In “ Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement ,” Kelly Hladek, library media specialist and technology liaison at Morton High School, School City of Hammond, IN, discussed best practices for engaging students, teachers and the community in the district’s eBook and audiobook collection.

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. Lobbying Scholastic americanlibraryassociation elementaryandsecondaryeducationact jackreed jamespatterson lamaralexander pattymurray scholastic thadcochran

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

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. Analyze Anastasis Academy History inspiration Language Arts Middle/High School Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources web tools Websites author book books genre library literacy literature litureature map love of reading read reading voiceWhat it is: Literature Map is a literature recommendation system. It is really easy to discover a new author.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

Because you have a built-in video library, email library, form library, and the ability to automate, you could set this up one year and continue using it year after year! Again, with the email/video/form library you could create this one year and keep using it over and over.

#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!

Library 2.017 Makerspaces Special Pre-Conference Webinar - Fayetteville Free Library on "STEAM and Making at the FFL"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

As a special bonus for registering (free) for the Library 2.017 Makerspaces mini-conference , you also can attend live and/or watch the recording of a special 90-minute live Webinar with the folks from Fayetteville Free Library on "STEAM and Making at the FFL." Please also join the Library 2.0 During Sue’s administration the Fayetteville Free Library has received the Library Journal’s Five Star rating for seven years.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

Because you have a built-in video library, email library, form library, and the ability to automate, you could set this up one year and continue using it year after year! Again, with the email/video/form library you could create this one year and keep using it over and over.

"Hack Your Education" - Brainstorming a Library Program for Students

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

forms/iSiA8Rf4nwkhNaol2 Last week I spoke at the annual Washington Library Media Association conference, called "Hack WLMA." The core idea of my keynote talk was that libraries and librarians are, in many cases, the last bastion for helping students to navigate the incredible world of information as a part of pursuing their own independent learning paths--something that, sadly, is often lost sight of today. Library 2.0, +

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. All videos are validated and ranked by Check123 professionals, are 1-3 minutes in length, and a curated on just about any subject you can think of.

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. The finished product looks just like a Common Craft video, so cool! The step-by-step tool helps students think about storyline and the flow of explaining a concept.

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. Anastasis Academy Art Classroom Management Create Foreign Language Geography Government History Inquiry inspiration Interactive book iPod Maker Space Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources Understand (describe, explain) web tools Web2.0

123D Design: The simplest (FREE) way to get ideas into 3D

iLearn Technology

There is also a quick start guide and a library of video tutorials that will explain how the different tools within the app work. Anastasis Academy Apply Art Create Inquiry iPod Maker Space Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Technology Video Tutorials web tools Websites 123d Design 3d design 3d printer 3d printing anastasis app autodesk coordinate planes create design design thinking edit free inquiry iPad learning mac maker space pc prototype lab

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

iLearn Technology

This challenge would be an excellent addition to your classroom library. 5Sigma Analyze Anastasis Academy Apply Evaluate Geography Government History Interactive book Interactive Whiteboard iPod Language Arts Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Technology Websites adventure barnes and nobel challenge comprehension game graphic novel inquiry INVICTA ios iPad leadership literacy maps reading video game

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. Several Colorado organizations shared about the ways that they are using digital badging to help students capture learning including the Denver Public Library, Colorado History Museum, and Colorado volunteers. Two weeks ago, I attended the Digital Badge Summit in Denver, CO.

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. Their crowdsourced eBook, which is available for free download, is a collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors. What is the future of school libraries?

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. As I mentioned back then, every year, as we move back into our libraries and classrooms, we search for meaningful, inspiring, attractive visuals to fill our display cases, to grace our bulletin boards, to embed on our websites and most importantly, to engage and inspire those who visit.

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. He has been a school library media specialist in Nevada and Idaho at both the elementary and secondary school levels.

10 of the best K-12 sources for digital textbooks online


While some subjects cover higher education, you can browse the high school section to find math and science textbooks for secondary education. OER Commons is a digital library full of open educational resources (OER). Open Textbook Library.

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Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

Michelle Luhtala , Department Chair of the New Canaan, CT, High School Library and a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker , is a leader in helping teacher-librarians all around the country to become Future Ready. Although we have a library services department, we receive very little support from them in making libraries real libraries.”. “We The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010.

Some thoughts on the future of museums

Bryan Alexander

I’m fascinated by how much these themes resonate in the education and library worlds. Access and engagement: major themes for libraries, obviously, if somewhat controversial in post-secondary education. future of education libraries museumsFrom the excellent Center for the Future of Museums comes a fascinating roundtable discussion. The prompt was clear: “what is the future for museums?” ” Several themes emerged from my perspective.

Apex Learning Acquires Youth Digital Project-Based Technology Courses


Apex Learning, provider of online learning for secondary education announces the acquisition of Youth Digital’s library of project-based technology courses. In courses ranging from coding and design to gaming and animation, students use industry-standard tools to complete projects such as developing an iOS or Android app, creating a 3D video game, or designing a fashion collection

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. Currently, school librarians are disappearing from staff lists, but recent national legislative actions have lit a new flame of hope in the school library windows. The MakerSpace movement is steadily growing within Ohio’s school libraries. I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of INFOhio.

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Transmedia, Digital Storytelling Project

User Generated Education

From Digital Promise : Schools, libraries, and classrooms have traditionally been a place for the consumption of information and ideas. The process is cumulative and each piece adds richness and detail to the story world, such as character backstories and secondary plotlines.

Station Rotation Model in Action (Video)

Catlin Tucker

In a previous blog post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I described many of the reasons I use the Station Rotation Model in my secondary classroom. StudySync has a huge digital library of media and texts ranging from historic speeches to poetry to excerpts from novels. Before using StudySync, I was limited to the texts available on my campus in our school library.

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What is Actively Learn and Why Should I Try it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

It provides reading resources either uploaded by the teacher or selected from the platform’s library of thousands of fiction and nonfiction books (some free; some through Prime plans), Common Core-aligned lesson plans, videos, or simulations. They can look up words they don’t understand and translate the text into a long list of languages that may be their native or a secondary language they are learning. in the library as a research tool .

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Virtual Reality and Learning Mini-Conference on March 29th: Accepted Sessions (and Keynotes) Announcement!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our first Library 2.022 mini-conference: " Virtual Reality and Learning: Leading the Way ," will be held online (and for free) on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022. Virtual Reality was identified by the American Library Association as one of the 10 top library technology trends for the future.

South Carolina Department of Education Partners with Vector Solutions to Help Districts Address Student Safety and Mental Health Issues such as Bullying and Anxiety

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Tampa, FL – July 14, 2022 – The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has partnered with Vector Solutions to provide all school districts in the state with free access to Vector’s library of Student Safety & Wellness Courses.

Sora “Content Bundles” Feature Empowers Educators to Easily Reserve Digital Books for Specific Students

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Create teacher-specific classroom libraries. Our secondary reading intervention teachers are excited about using Sora’s digital library to support and develop literacy in their English classes,” stated Javier Hernandez, ELA TOSA at Montebello Unified School District in California.

Celebrating Culturally Diverse Winter Holidays in the Classroom


Add books to your classroom library that feature different winter holiday celebrations around the world. Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.”

3 Ways to Stress Less in Today’s Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Alexander is lifetime certified in Louisiana in Secondary English Education, as a Reading Specialist, as a School Librarian, as an Educational Technology Facilitator, as an Educational Technology Leader and in Educational Leadership 1.

3 ways to help give all students “information privilege”

eSchool News

“Access to an effective school library program is one example of information privilege. As I reflect on this challenge, I see three areas where public education can focus: Keep school libraries well-staffed. Public library access should be part of all students’ public school experiences. Students should know about databases, e-book collections, and other materials available through state library programs, as well as other state government resources.

How a Two-Generation Approach Can Build Success for Students and Families


These could include: Extended library hours before or after school. National Association of Secondary School Principals. One of the most important factors in a child’s school success, even more so than economic or social status, is parental or family empowerment.

Making the Most of Distance Learning: 7 Tips to Share with Parents

Digital Promise

Easily access real-world learning materials like video tutorials, primary and secondary sources for research projects, museum collections, historical sites, and digital books, available online and often for free. Ask your local library about access to free digital or audio books. Digital Promise and Learning Heroes have teamed up for a special blog series that explores how teachers and families can use technology to work together and facilitate learning for students of all ages.

How Differentiated Instruction Can Help You Reach Every Student in Class


If a student might work more efficiently in a quieter learning environment, for example, you could allow them to complete a project in the school library. Students can also select independent reading books from our online library.

A couple of new remote teaching tricks


I can easily imagine its use in virtual planning sessions, collaborations among secondary students, and project brainstorming and reviewing. Over the summer, I’ve been picking up a few little tools to add to my existing kit for enhancing online teaching and learning.