May 3, 2016

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Five Million Robots and Counting: A Developer Grows in Brooklyn

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“Sparking curiosity and making connections to the world” are key to Tinybop’s mission. Today, the Brooklyn developer released Weather, its ninth app celebrating exploration and play.

Global Oneness Project: free, interdisciplinary instruction and engagement

If you are seeking to inspire global awareness, critical thinking and student engagement, share the Global Oneness Project with your secondary classroom teacher partners. The Global Oneness Project offers an award-winning, interdisciplinary collection of films, photo essays, and articles exploring cultural, social, and environmental issues. All resources are free and are accompanied by rich standards-aligned lesson plans that […]

Inspiring Reluctant & Struggling Readers with Sharon Creech’s “Love That Dog”  | In the Classroom

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How a classroom teacher used Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog to effectively engage even her most reluctant readers.

iPads Reimagine Art Class

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Here’s how one elementary-school art teacher used iPads and a Do lnk app to extend learning digitally and expand the curriculum.

Celebrating African American History

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Through compelling stories, dynamic texts, and striking artwork, this selection of recently published picture books highlights trailblazing African Americans.

Spellbound | Captivating Read-Alouds

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Looking for a read-aloud that will entertain, enthrall, intrigue, and elucidate?

Nonfiction Notes: Spotlight on Space

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As we learn more about the cosmos, it’s essential to replace older books with up-to-date titles. Here are a few to fill the gaps on your shelves.

Sprout Pro by HP Does Triple Duty in Classrooms

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New product offering from HP may have potential for streamlining tech education in schools.

Update: AASL’s Infographic on Standards and Guidelines Research

Earlier this week, Marcia Mardis, Chair of AASL’s Standards & Guidelines Editorial Board shared an update on their work on our  Standards project. Our Standards for the 21st Century Learner debuted in 2007, followed in 2009 by Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, what Marcia calls a cornerstone of many school librarians’ practice. The […]

Is the Common Core Just a Scam to Sell Books? | Consider the Source

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“What, are you crazy? It’s all about the money.” According to a video secretly recorded by a group called Project Veritas, these are the exact words of a (since-fired) executive at a major publishing company. Is the Common Core all about the money? Marc Aronson responds.

May the Facts Be with You | Mind-Boggling Stats, Marvels, and Daredevil Feats

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While sometimes seen as lightweight, frivolous fare or eye candy, record books and almanacs can help students develop an understanding of measurement, draw historical comparisons, and make connections, and are often the gateway to the enjoyment of other nonfiction titles.

The Shadow Knows | Fact and Fiction About the Groundhog’s Claim to Fame

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While there’s much written about the groundhog and Groundhog Day, it’s not always clear how much of it is based on fact—which is why a look into the habits and behaviors of this rodent offers a great opportunity for classroom research.

Reading Picture Books With Children: An Interview with Megan Dowd Lambert | Professional Shelf

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In her book Reading Picture Books With Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See, Megan Dowd Lambert demonstrates how the very young can engage in sophisticated discussions about design elements that add meaning to text.

ISTE’s new (draft) Standards for Students

Do today’s students need to be empowered learners, knowledge constructors, innovative designers? Should they be computational thinkers and global collaborators? ISTE seeks your input on the first draft of its new Standards for Students. The draft is the result of feedback from hundreds of educators who participated in refresh conversations since the birth of the […]

The Good News from Millions of Years Ago | Consider the Source

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This has been an unprecedented year in the study of human evolution—made even more spectacular by the ways in which technology allows us to share the excitement of recent discoveries in our schools.

Creature Features | Starring the Best of the New Animal Compendiums

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Look into the formidable eyes of an Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake, stare down the toothy jaws of a crocodile, spy some razor-clawed flying prehistoric bipeds, and take a peek at the more than 130 cat breeds in these compendiums of animals past and present.

Something Old, Something New | Old Favorites and New Trends in Easy Readers

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While favorite authors from Dr. Seuss to Mo Willems remain perennial favorites with our earliest readers, each year brings new authors and titles to share with this audience.

Inside and Outside the Human Body: A Closer Look

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Employing a variety of narrative approaches and illustrative styles, these up-to-date, lively presentations impart basic information about human biology.

Can Five-Year-Olds Really Meet Common Core State Standards?

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As kindergarten teachers grapple with that question, librarians become “important resource” and find new opportunities for teaching the youngest students.

A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens

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Young people often listen at a higher comprehension level than they read, according to Jim Trelease, author of “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” Here are librarians’ suggestions for enhancing teen listening and literacy skills.

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