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.
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. And there are plenty of incentives to join in.
In a move that will help the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) expand Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)-based Maker space programming to multi-generational audiences, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on October 23 awarded a $500,000 National Leadership Grant to FLP in support of the library’s Maker Jawn initiative.
Looking for an app that offers a language-arts lesson ? The Happy Dandelion’s ‘UnStealer’ fits that bill, but does it succeed as story?
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Ninety-five percent of public libraries currently offer ebooks to patrons, up from 72 percent in 2010, and 89 percent in both 2012 and 2013. However, money remains the biggest impediment for libraries looking to add ebooks or expand collections, according to Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report, sponsored by Freading.
As every teacher knows, good classroom management can make the difference between a great class experience and a poor one. While technology doesn’t replace the need for a solid approach to classroom management, tech tools, including these, can certainly help.
Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.
Privacy around what students read, along with other personal data, may be at risk due to software giant Adobe’s transmission of the data without encryption. Student rights are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the confidentiality of student records.
The Westport Library’s ongoing efforts to support its Maker Space, including Maker in Residence programs and the recent acquisition of two programmable robots, have helped establish a virtuous cycle in which residents have begun working on their own projects and helping one another independently.
Don’t ever doubt it—librarians are in a service industry. By focusing on our unique patron needs and demographics, libraries will continue to be relevant in their schools and communities.
While the official “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” isn’t for a few months, the kids of SLJ/LJ staffers visited our offices on Monday, October 13 for a day of arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and creative tech fun. One of the many highlights of the day? They had their own SLJ cover shoot.
In “Active Learning in the Library,” presented as part of LJ and SLJ’s virtual event The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center, held October 1, Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly provided advice and suggestions for creating learning environments in libraries, based on Barrington Area Library’s successful model in Chicago.
Adobe this week confirmed reports that it has been logging data on the reading activity of people who use the free Adobe Digital Editions service, and that the company has been transmitting those logs to its servers as unencrypted text files, raising privacy and security concerns.
Two librarians from Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools share the growing success of their district’s “school-in-the-cloud,” and how school librarians can lead and support this virtual teaching model.
Educator Jason Sellers reviews zSpace, which enables users to view and manipulate objects in a unique, immersive experience.
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.