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What’s Your Online Persona?

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Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

The Impact of Open Content on Education | Tech Tidbits

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The Open Content movement refers to new ways of thinking about and gaining access to information. As we embrace Open Content, we move away from traditional, copyrighted sources of information with strict rules for use, Teacher Librarian Krista Brakhage shares how this movement will revolutionize education in the latest Tech Tidbits column.

The First Lady and Discovery Education Collaborate on Virtual Field Trip During Visit to China

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First Lady Michelle Obama visits China, hoping to soothe U.S. China relations, and keeping in the mind efforts to enhance the role of the digital classroom experience between nations.

Librarians Have Key Roles in Blended and Online Learning

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Online teaching and learning are now critical skill sets for 21st-century information professionals, says Pivot Points columnist Mark Ray.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Colorado School District Experiments with Digital Literacy Teachers

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Faced with a budget cut that turned their full-time teacher librarians into half-time positions, Adams 12 Five Star Schools District in Thornton, Colorado created a new job position to get media specialists into K-8 classrooms as much as possible.

With “GeniusCon” Project, Students Connect and Problem Solve

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If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be, and how would you do it? Teacher librarians Sherry Gick and Matthew Winner are asking students this very question with a collaborative, student-driven initiative they’re calling GeniusCon.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Labs with Additional $2.5 Million

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The Chicago Public Library will open and staff six more YOUmedia teen spaces this summer, along with temporary “pop-ups” in 12 branches, thanks to an additional $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 approved by the Chicago City Council.

One of Those Hideous Columns Where the App Dies | Tech Tidbits

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In this month’s Tech Tidbits column, Phil Goerner highlights perennial apps while also reminding us that learning isn’t about the tools, it’s about how we teach people to use the tools most effectively.

$750 Million ConnectED Pledge Includes $100 Million From O’Reilly Media, Safari Books Online

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O’Reilly Media and Safari Books Online will donate over $100 Million in technology resources to US K-12 schools. The pledge is part of $750 million in new corporate support for President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, along with donations from Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Autodesk.

Leading The Technology Charge | Feedback

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Feedback this month ranges from the defense of librarians who embrace technology to support for Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits, which is still being challenged by parents in a North Carolina school district.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

White House Student Film Festival Contest Closing Soon

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The President has an assignment for students in grades K-12: make a video for him highlighting the use of technology in your school and classroom. But hurry—the first ever White House Student Film Festival contest deadline is January 29!

PBS LearningMedia | Professional Shelf

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Despite dismally small budgets, time constraints, and the demands of the Common Core State Standards, many librarians consider the support of digital learning a priority. PBS LearningMedia, a content-rich, free resource makes that challenge easier to meet.

Advice from a Changemaker: Let’s All Get Connected | Project Advocacy

“Champion of Change” Carolyn Foote (center) and President Barack Obama flanked by co-honorees (l. to r.) S. Dallas Dance, Misa Gonzales, and Daphne Bradford.

President Obama honored 10 educator Champions of Change in November. As a grateful recipient of that award—and the sole school librarian in the group—Carolyn Foote feels even more inspired to bring librarians and educators together online.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

‘The Lost Hero’ Project: TAB Group Brings Riordan’s Book to Life

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It was “lights, camera, action!” at the Smoky Hill Library, part of the Arapahoe Library District (ALD) in Colorado, where the Teen Advisory Board has created their fourth annual book trailer. This year’s endeavor brought Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero to the small screen.

Sign Up Now for YALSA Teen Tech Week Webinars

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has organized a series of three webinars which can help ensure an enjoyable and successful Teen Tech Week (March 9-15, 2014) for you and your teens.

Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

 The Mozilla Foundation has launched a new  Web Literacy Standard intended to serve as a roadmap for competent Web use and comprising “the skills and competencies people need to read, write, and participate effectively on the Web,” according to Mozilla’s site. Launched during the nonprofit organization’s October 25–27 Mozilla Festival, the Standard features recommendations for [...]

Book App Alliance Aids Discovery of Kids’ Interactive Books

Book App Alliance Aids Discovery of Kids’ Interactive Books

The Book App Alliance aims to help locate quality book apps amid the tides of Disney, Dora, and Dr. Seuss products. Alliance founders also want to foster best practices.

BiblioBoard Review | Online Reference | October 2013

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Librarian Jennifer Prince reviews BiblioBoard, a database offering ebooks, primary sources, and that can store locally created materials.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Smart Stakeholders | SLJ Summit 2013

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Impassioned, creative, dynamic, evolving and cool—these are just some of the words that the sponsors of SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit used to describe their companies’ latest developments. Joyce Valenza, SLJ blogger and teacher librarian, lead a panel discussion with the companies to examine the relationships between vendors and schools, the importance of strong content, and the ways that vendors can help educators in support of the Common Core.

The Time Is Right for Libraries to Embrace Participatory Culture | SLJ Summit 2013

Antero Garcia delivered the closing keynote at the 2013 SLJ Leadership Summit in Austin.

From educational equity and fan fiction to Kanye West and serious games, educator Antero Garcia brought it all together in a rousing keynote, inspiring attendees of the September 28-29 School Library Journal Summit in Austin, TX. The complete presentation is viewable here, along with additional comments from Garcia and related resources on participatory culture.