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Archives for June 2013

The Pop Culture Propaganda of Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim, and G.I. Joe

These posters’ apparently value-free aspect is perhaps what’s most worth exploring with young people…

Joyce Valenza’s Picks from the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

Teacher librarian Joyce Valenza reflects on the 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning, the highly anticipated list chosen annually by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2013

Here in Chicago, AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee just released its standards-aligned 2013 list. (Don’t miss AASL’s inaugural, Best Apps For Teaching and Learning list, also just released at ALA!) Sites and tools are selected  because they engage users through innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Honored websites, tools, and resources will provide exceptional value […]

The ABC of It: New York Public Library gives a children’s literary exhibit its all

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when you have easy access to amazing things the relative value you place upon those things diminishes significantly after a surprisingly short amount of time. Case in Point: When I worked across the street from the MOMA for several years it was apparently too difficult for me, even […]

Limitless Learning: Empowering Students to Build Big | ISTE 2013

The central theme of year’s lively ISTE conference encouraged educators to take away limits that hinder their students’ learning, and let students build something that matters.

School Librarians Need Support | Feedback

Here is some feedback in response to Rebecca T. Miller’s editorial, “It’s Time to Step Up” (June 2013, p. 11) about the need for the American Library Association (ALA) to become actively engaged in advocating for school librarians and provide administrators with solid data on their value to our children’s success.

Moriarty, Hannibal, and Despicable Me: How We End Up Rooting for the Bad Guy

It’s okay to find the villain appealing in certain respects—in fact, much of pop culture depends on our doing just that.

‘Here Be Fiction’ Launches: New site features ebook fiction available to schools on library-friendly terms

Discovery of ebooks in K-12, particularly worthwhile fiction, has been tough going. A new site, Here Be Fiction, will attempt to remedy that, enabling users to identify quality ebooks accessible to schools on library-friendly licensing terms. Featuring ebook previews and reviews, HereBeFiction.org will enable librarians and others to discover fiction from a wide variety of publishers made available for both individual and multi-user access.

Up Close with Library Journal’s 2013 Youth Services Movers & Shakers

The 2013 class of Movers & Shakers represents the many outstanding, diligent, and creative librarians working in the field today. Karyn M. Peterson, SLJ news editor, had the opportunity to get an in-depth look into the innovative programs, important milestones, and daily inspirations of the 13 youth services librarians that were honored this year for their work with children and teens in public libraries and school media centers. We’ve gathered these interviews into a resource page for your future use.

This Week’s Comics: Amazing or Malevolent

2013 is now halfway over. Where has the time gone? It’s easy to guess with all the great titles that have been coming out! Archaia Entertainment, which just this week announced a merger with BOOM! Studios, releases the beginning of second volume of the popular Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard series. BOOM! Studios has […]

We Aten’t Ded*

Hello! If you have been checking back regularly, you might have A: been disappointed when we did, after all, go dark, and B: noticed that we edited our last post to reflect that we would indeed be going mostly dark. Life. It gets in the way, doesn’t it? We have lots to say today, so […]

A Common Core Approach: ‘Teaching with Text Sets’

The authors of the Common Core State Standards don’t spell out how text should be taught–that’s been left up to teachers and curriculum developers. A new book offers a framework for developing a content-rich, standards-based curriculum.

ALA Chicago, Booth #1416

Off tomorrow to my, what, 35th? ALA annual conference, and hope to see some of you there. Our booth is #1416, but I’ll be wandering the exhibit halls, mainly, drumming up business with Al Berman while Martha P. scouts the programming (she’s at the Caldecott pre-conference today, lucky girl). One non-work event I’m looking forward […]

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Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as “Defenders of Wisdom,” and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in San Antonio from June 23-26 offered unique opportunities for educators to interact, learn about the latest ed tech resources, and hear new ideas from education leaders. At a conference this size, it’s impossible to see and do it all, but here are some highlights that librarians can take back to their schools in the fall.

Weekly Reviews: Great Spring Fiction

Today we highlight three very different spring novels that all hinge on a crucial element of teen appeal — forging one’s own identity. Daniel Wallace is best known as the author of Big Fish. The Kings and Queens of Roam combines folklore and light fantasy elements with family drama, in particular that of two sisters […]

Spread the Word: Administrators and Principals Must Advocate for School Libraries | Feedback

Check out School Library Journal’s reader responses to Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel’s “Librarian Required” article, tweets from SLJ’s first Public Library Think Tank, and highlights from the #lovemylibraryjob social media campaign.

Dust Off Your Headphones: It’s ‘Beethoven’s 9th’ for the iPad | Touch and Go

Touch Press has followed their rich ‘Orchestra’ app with a superb tribute to Ludwig Van ‘Beethoven’s 9th Symphony,’ considered by many to be one of the composer’s greatest works.

Pick of the Day: Jane’s Journey (DVD)

The life and accomplishments of renowned researcher and environmentalist Jane Goodall are presented in Jane’s Journey, a vividly filmed documentary from First Run Features.

Exclusive Preview: Superman Family Adventures, vol. 1

We loved Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani’s Superman Family Adventures here at Good Comics for Kids, and we were sad when it was cancelled. The good news is that this collected edition, Superman Family Adventures, vol. 1, is already available in comics stores and will be in bookstores starting July 2. This handy collection brings […]

Fusenews: Rules of Summer in November

As you read this I am winging my way to Chicago, IL.  Land of Great Lakes, windy winds, and hot dogs that carry unconscionable stigmas for logical edible combinations (ketchup ONLY works on hot dogs, people).  Blogging, if my schedule is to be believed, is due to be a bit spotty for the next few […]