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February 11, 2016

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Vernier to Host Free Workshops for Science and STEM Educators

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Learn how to use new hardware, software, and mobile technologies in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental, Earth science, and middle school science curriculums— for free!

LRNG Offers Summer Connected Learning Grants

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Here’s a chance to grab a grant to fund an innovative summer program related to connected learning. But you have to act fast: the deadline is February 19.

USC Shoah Foundation Announces 2016 IWitness Video Challenge

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The IWitness Video Challenge gives middle and high school students a chance to give back to their communities while honing their digital skills. Inaugurated in 2013 by Steven Spielberg, the competition was designed around the same premise as “Schindler’s List,” that one person can make a difference.

CDW-G Launches Collaboration Nation

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CDW-G’s second annual Collaboration Nation video contest kicks off February 1, offering cash and product prizes to K–12 schools.

Sprucing Up My School Library for Less than $600

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Taking inspiration from the thrifty library design hashtag #macgyverlibrarianship, a high school librarian freshened up her space on a tight budget. Check out what she did and how much she spent.

Winners of the 2016 Youth Media Awards

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A full list of the 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards winners and honorees.

The Global Is the Local | Consider the Source

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The recent events in France and Mali have told us that there are real threats to our security. It is in the best sense “true citizenship” to use this moment to help young people to resist easy blame and to reject scapegoating.

Found Objects Give Digital Learning a Fresh Face

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Brussels entrepreneur incorporates everyday objects, such as buttons, bottle caps, and string, into digital-based learning with a new app.

Hartford Library Offers New Path to High School Diploma

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Online college classes are all the rage. Yet many adults are trying to finish their high school education — years after their classmates graduated.
The Hartford (CT) Public Library (HPL) has decided to take a step towards changing the city’s grim high-school graduation statistics.

Hacking the Night Away at AASL

Angela Martinez, librarian at Washington, DC public schools, reveals her team's top hack.

Talk about Midnight Madness! Get an insider’s look at the playful problem solving that went down after dark at AASL.

Banned Books Week 2015: What Librarians Are Planning

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From a costumed read-a-thon to a display with yellow “Caution!” tape, here’s what librarians are planning for Banned Books Week 2015 (September 29 to October 3) and Banned Websites Awareness Day (September 30).

Librarian Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Banned Books Pinterest Board

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Looking for inspiration in advance of Banned Books Week (BBW), from September 27–October 3? Look no further than SLJ’s BBW Pinterest page, curated by blogger and collection development librarian Molly Wetta.

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

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Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

ALA and ISTE: How Best to Plan, Learn, Network, Party, and Follow Up

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Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, here are six tips for you to get the most professional development bang for your buck.

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

Craft Work: the value of making by hand | The Maker Issue

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Quilting, knitting, and creating by hand foster collective learning. Plus: Top 10 crafting tips; Five outstanding crafting programs

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

Picture/Video of the Week: Sixth Grader Osman Yaya Interviews President Obama

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“I’m still a big Dr. Seuss fan—The Sneeches, Horton, and all that stuff,” the President told middle schoolers during his visit to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC. Watch the full video.

From the Vault | SLJ’s Poetry Podcast Series

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Recovered! After a transition to a new CMS a few years back, we lost some of our multimedia files. Here’s what remains from a trove of readings School Library Journal recorded in 2007 for National Poetry Month.

Folding Your Own: A Minicomics Primer for Librarians

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What are minicomics? “Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson sheds some light on the independently created format, shares tips on how librarians can acquire minicomics for the collection, and suggests ways they can encourage creativity in teens.

Q&A: YA Author with Autism Talks to SLJ About “Autism on the Page” Event

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Corinne Duyvis, YA author with autism, We Need Diverse Books active member, and cofounder of the Disability in Kidlit website, is kicking off 30 days of autism-related book reviews, articles, and interviews for April’s National Autism Awareness Month.

Updated: The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open—So What Next?

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Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.