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August 25, 2014

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A Girl Who Loved Reading and Triumphed in Math | Consider the Source

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For the first time in its history, the Fields Medal, sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for math,” has been awarded to a woman. Clearly, the cultural image of girls as uninterested in the sciences is something we need to work on in the United States.

The Book Is Far Superior to the Ebook for Early Literacy | Up for Debate

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The adult-child relationship is the foundation of healthy, early child development, including early literacy skills, and print books—not ebooks—invite and sustain parent-child interaction and the personal and intimate experience of sharing and talking through reading.

Ebooks Enhance Development of the Whole Child | Up for Debate

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When new media tools are expertly selected and appropriately used with children, such tools can support and enhance adults’ role in supporting development of the whole child, especially three- to eight-year-olds.

For 1:1, Content Is Key | Next Big Thing

For 1:1, Content Is Key | Next Big Thing

Seven of the districts that I serve are implementing some level of 1:1 for 2014-15, however device implementation only works with great material, so be prepared.

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

For 1:1, Content Is Key | Next Big Thing

Seven of the districts that I serve are implementing some level of 1:1 for 2014-15, however device implementation only works with great material, so be prepared.

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

SLJ Reviews the AWE Tablet: A fast device, delivering blended content to individual students

SLJ Reviews the AWE Tablet: A fast device, delivering blended content to individual students

Chad Sansing assesses AWE’s tablet device, with advice on its potential use in the classroom.

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

Waiting for the Common Core to Go Away? Don’t Hold Your Breath | Consider the Source

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I often hear the hope, expressed as an expectation, that the Common Core State Standards are about to disappear. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in opposition states.

E-Rate’s New Era: A Triple Win in the Effort To Close the Connectivity Gap |Editorial

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Diverse and passionate feedback helped shape the new scope of E-Rate—warts and all. Nonetheless, important work lies ahead. More will be required to ensure that the process and formula works, that money follows the promise of funding, and that these resources are fully and well utilized.

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Eight Apps to Support Early Reading and Writing | Cool Tools

Eight Apps to Support Early Reading and Writing | Cool Tools

It’s never too early to encourage reading. Richard Byrne shares his picks for tools that young readers and writers can use with or without an adult. Includes screencasts demoing three applications: Building Language for Literacy, Reading Bear, and Maily, an iOS app for letter writing.

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

Generation Tablet: Kids Must Learn to Hack in the Real World

Generation Tablet | Next Big Thing

Tablets are wonderful devices, providing unbelievable computing power in a simple-to-use package. But they aren’t good for developing technology problem-solvers.

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Delivering Quality Spanish-Language Books: The Guadalajara International Book Fair | Consider the Source

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How can we bring high quality Spanish-language books into American libraries? The Guadalajara International Book Fair is one answer.

Keeping It Real: Inside the World of Early Learning | Editorial

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SLJ’s editor in chief, Rebecca Miller, writes about early learning and the role books, adults, and libraries play in building the foundation to literacy, curiosity, and lifelong learning.

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Chaos in Your Children’s Section? Embrace It. | First Steps

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Mayhem, schmayhem. If your library’s children’s room is chaotic, it’s proof that the little ones are learning.

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Growing Up Together | Consider the Source

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J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” and John Green’s “Fault in Our Stars”—the books and films—have me thinking that instead of conceding “Young Adult” to “New Adult, ” maybe we should create the category of “New Family”—books that are both truly YA and truly adult.

Stephen Krashen to LA School Board: Invest in Libraries

Five months before the Los Angeles Unified School District board passed a new 6.6 billion budget, literacy expert Stephen Krashen delivered an impassioned speech to the board, urging a bold investment in libraries. See Krashen’s speech here.

SLJ Launches ‘Up for Debate’

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School Library Journal has introduced “Up for Debate,” a new online series featuring commentary by expert contributors on a particular topic or item in the news.

Parents: Empower Kids to Tell Their Stories

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Increasing diversity isn’t simply the responsibility of publishers. While they should make a conscious investment in seeking diverse voices, parents have a major role in nurturing children’s desire to tell their own stories.

We Need More Diverse Audio and Video Content

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Today’s youth gravitate to YouTube, computers, and gadgets more than books. We need more diverse audio and visual material, so kids can listen and watch on their desktops and devices.

Diverse Books: Don’t Categorize as “Special Interest”

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Diverse books shouldn’t be considered special interest or shelved in a separate area, yet they are by the majority of us. I challenge all parents, caretakers, and educators to take a hard look at themselves for internalized biases that may affect the way they look at children’s books.

Write Outside Your Comfort Zone

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I admit it. I’ve said in confidence to more than one struggling African-American author: “You could always write about slavery or civil rights.” They all looked at me the same way I probably looked at the guy who told me to retreat in time and reach for a tomahawk.