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December 19, 2014

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FCC Chairman to Propose 62% Funding Increase to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler is expected to propose raising the annual fund for school Internet access from $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion, reports the New York Times. Part of the overhaul of E-Rate, the expected upgrades to service will come to libraries, too.

Queens Library Develops Innovative New Tablet Platform Using Superstorm Sandy Donation | TDS14

Queens Library Develops Innovative New Tablet Platform Using Superstorm Sandy Donation | TDS14

When superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October 2012, the Queens Library (QL) in New York was among many northeastern library systems affected. QL persevered, continuing to offer crucial services in storm-ravaged communities while rebuilding damaged branches. The system also managed to turn a generous corporate donation into an innovative new platform for tablet computers, enabling a tech lending program that has since continued to grow.

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.

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

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.

If Net Neutrality Disappears, How Will Services to Kids be Impacted?

If Net Neutrality Disappears, How Will Services to Kids be Impacted?

Without net neutrality, also known as the open Internet, kids’ access to online resources could be negatively impacted, with commercial sites and services eclipsing other content online, AASL president Gail Dickinson and others say.

CIPA at 10: Internet Filtering Excessive, Study Finds | ALA Midwinter Meeting

CIPA at 10: Internet Filtering Excessive, Study Finds | ALA Midwinter Meeting

A decade after the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) went into effect, its implementation in schools and public libraries is problematic and the scale of Internet filtering is excessive, panelists said during the ALA Midwinter session “Revisiting The Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later.”

Harvard Study Examines Youth View on Technology Use in Schools

Harvard Study Examines Youth View on Technology Use in Schools

A new Harvard study examines US students’ attitudes towards technology in schools. Although 78 percent own cell phones, activating them in schools is restricted, which frustrates students. Students also express frustration with school’s limited WiFi access, Internet filtering, monitoring, and the push to embrace tablet computers.

The Promise of 1:1: Rollouts Are Opportunities for Reinvention | Pivot Points

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Implementing 1:1 mobile device programs in schools offers librarians a seminal opportunity to help usher in a new era of connectivity, flexibility, and empowerment for learners. These projects promise to redefine teacher librarians’ roles, their leadership, and perceptions by others.

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

Device & Conquer: SLJ’s 2013 Tech Survey

Device & Conquer: SLJ’s 2013 Tech Survey

As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students. More than 750 school librarians responded to SLJ’s survey, representing K–12 public and private schools across the country. According to the data, they make the most of what they have, learning one day and sharing that knowledge the next.

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

EducationSuperHighway to Expand U.S. Schools’ Broadband Access

EducationSuperHighway to Expand U.S. Schools’ Broadband Access

EducationSuperHighway is launching a comprehensive national effort to upgrade broadband access in America’s schools, funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education organization, the Gates Foundation, and several other groups.

Project Connect Brings School Librarians, Superintendents to the Same Table | AASL 2013

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Passionate school library advocacy takes many forms, though all too often these efforts don’t reach the district and state level. This can change once stakeholders start working together to improve student outcomes. That’s the goal of Project Connect, a national initiative bringing thought leaders to the same table to support the needs of 21st century schools.

Libraries Play A Central Role in Connected Learning | The Digital Shift 2013

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The Internet offers today’s youth unprecedented opportunities to connect with peers and seek knowledge in almost any area of interest—and libraries are uniquely positioned to play a central role in this learning, according to Mimi Ito, professor and cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, and principal investigator for the new education model Connected Learning.

Low Tech, High Gains: Starting a Maker Program Is Easier Than You Think

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Has the maker movement taken hold in your library yet? Starting a maker space is easier—and less costly—than you may think. Technologies such as robotics, digital video production, computer coding, and 3-D printing may garner the most attention, but traditional activities instill the same spirit of invention, collaboration, and critical thinking of the maker phenomenon.

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

ConnectED Will Bring Faster Connections to Schools and Libraries | Next Big Thing

ConnectED will Bring Faster Connections to Schools and Libraries: So let’s think big | Next Big Thing

What could your library do with gigabit broadband? If you don’t have a list of innovative ways to use an Internet connection 10 or 100 times faster than the current norm, start making it now.

Learning Together: New Council to Study Latino Families’ Digital Media Use

Learning Together: New Council to Study Latino Families’ Digital Media Use

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Street Workshop have created the Aprendiendo Juntos (“Learning Together) Council (AJC) to identify models and practical strategies to improve digital literacy for Hispanic-Latino families. AJC plans to use the findings to influence public and private sector investments in effective programs for the community on a regional and national scale.

Open Late: Libraries Must Be Available When Kids Do Schoolwork | Soapbox

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Emily Gover and Caity Selleck, information literacy librarians and content developers for EasyBib and its new platform, ResearchReady, posit that libraries should stay open later hours in order to serve students’ research needs.

ALA Launches Online Hub to Support Tech Literacy

ALA Launches Online Hub to Support Tech Literacy

The American Library Association (ALA) this week launched a preview version of Digital Learn, a free online resource for librarians working with digital literacy learners. The new hub, which will be fully available June 30, follows recommendations released this month from ALA’s Digital Literacy Task Force.

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education

The International Society for Technology in Education has initiated an online petition urging the White House to take action to invest in school broadband connectivity to bridge the digital divide in education.

Patchwork Common Core Implementation Plagues the U.S. | Consider the Source

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When it comes to putting Common Core Standards into action, there’s one word for where we’re at as a nation: patchwork. Marc Aronson points out what school librarians can do to remedy the situation.

As Tablets Supplant Ereaders, New Challenges Arise for Publishers

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Sixty percent of publishing executives believe that tablets have become “the ideal reading platform,” and 45 percent believe that dedicated e-readers will soon be irrelevant, according to a recent online, by-invitation survey conducted by global research and advisory firm Forrester.