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January 30, 2015

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Screencasting Tools for Tech Support | Cool Tools

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These video and screencasting resources will help you create videos that provide technical assistance.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Let’s Talk About “Selma” | Consider the Source

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“Selma”—there’s the film, and the reactions. Beyond all the friction is the question: What can we learn from the film and the controversy?

“Selma”: Accurate Enough? Questions about the film’s historical accuracy present a teachable moment.

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Weighing in on the recent controversy over “Selma” and the ensuing Oscar fallout, author Elizabeth Partridge offers some ideas for engaging students in a discussion about historical accuracy, primary sources, and expert opinion.

Is 2015 the Year of the Desktop? | The Next Big Thing

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For all the power, popularity, and potential of tablets and Chromebooks, they just can’t get some things right. Tasks like CAD designs for 3-D printing or higher-level programming work better on a powerful desktop.

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Digital Terms You Should Know | Pivot Points

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Want a spot at the administrators’ table? Then be sure to understand these terms related to digital content, curriculum, and management.

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IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

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“Osmo is part app and part iPad, with a little physical hackery thrown in,” writes Chad Sansing, who considers the new gaming platform’s potential for the classroom in his review.

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PNC Bank’s $350 Million Early Learning Push | First Steps

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Banks aren’t traditionally known for innovating with early childhood education programs, but Pittsburgh’s PNC Bank is a happy exception. Its bilingual Grow Up Great initiative builds strong partnerships with libraries and other cultural institutions around early learning.

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Breaking the Hypnotism of the Now | Consider the Source

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The Italian media consultant Marcello Vena argues that we are in an “attention economy.” Our problem is not to locate media, but to find the time to read, watch, listen to, or play it. How does this relate to the role and function of the school librarian? Read on.

Five Trends That Make 2015 Worth Celebrating| Editorial

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The new year is always a time of optimism. This year in particular, positive tendencies will influence our work in schools and public libraries.

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Readers Sound Off on “Teaching Black Lives Matter” and “Ditch Holiday Programming”| Feedback

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Readers respond to an article about free lunch programs in libraries, “Teaching Black Lives Matter,” “Ditch Holiday Programming,” and more.

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Giving Data Some Soul | Project Advocacy

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Presenting data persuasively is an important advocacy skill for librarians.

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

SLJ Reviews the Taz 4 3-D Printer | Test Drive

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Chad Sansing considers the Lulzbot device, resembling a “steampunk erector set,” and 3-D printing’s learning potential.

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

Fired Up by the SLJ Summit | The Next Big Thing

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Passing remarks at the event provided inspiration, outlining key points for future consideration and action.

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

Much More Than a List | Editorial

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SLJ’s year-end picks point to the power of curation.

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

Timing Is Everything | Consider the Source

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Everyone who knows me knows I’m in the cheering section for the Common Core English Language Arts State Standards. But as an advocate for the standards, I have a concern and a question about the assessments.

SLJ’s Top 10 Cool Tools 2014

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SLJ “Cool Tools” columnist Richard Byrne taps the best productivity apps and websites of the year.

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

Social Media Makes Me a Better School Librarian | Feedback

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Readers weigh in: one librarian raves about social media and another educator talks about his use of YA titles to foster compassion in his students.

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

Bringing World Voices into Your Library | Consider the Source

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Briony Everroad and Daniel Hahn, in conjunction with Words Without Borders, have crafted an online magazine issue entirely comprised of young adult writing in translation. It’s a tool to that opens the door to connecting US teens with their global peers.

Back to the Future | Consider the Source

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New discoveries, new tools, and new perspectives constantly yield a new past—history is alive, coming into view right now. We must make sure that students see history as an adventure, a detective story, unfolding in front of us and not as a set of unyielding key points to be rehearsed and memorized for tests.

Teaching STEAM with Lois Ehlert: Preschool isn’t too early to introduce STEM + art

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The books of Lois Ehlert, with their vivid-hued collages, are a staple of the storytime shelf—and a great start for teaching STEAM concepts to toddlers and preschoolers. Which of your favorite titles would fit into a preschool science program? Share them here.

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