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August 29, 2014

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Fight the ‘Zombie Librarians’ | ISTE 2014

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Jennifer LaGarde’s sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she’d once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”

What’s Your Online Persona?

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Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

Transmedia and Education: How Transmedia Is Changing the Way We Learn

Many Ways to Tell a Story: How Transmedia Is Transforming Education In and Out of Classrooms

SLJ explores how transmedia storytelling, or telling a story across media platforms, has cracked open possibilities for educators to teach and assess, as well as opportunities for students to learn.

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

#DadsRead Campaign Celebrates Fathers Reading to Kids

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On the heels of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and before Father’s Day, the social media campaign #DadsRead, an effort through The Good Men Project, is pushing against the negative stereotype that fathers are uninvolved in their children’s reading lives to prove that dads read.

#Bookaday-gate Resolved!

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What happens when a popular hashtag founded by a respected educator is used by a publisher for their purposes? We have a Twitter controversy on our hands.

Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter

Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter

Tweetdeck and other third-party applications are fine for everyday Twitter use. But if you’d like to share your stream in a presentation, Joyce Valenza shows you how to display messages and hashtags in four attractive formats.

Social Media Resources 101 for the School Librarian

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Virginia middle school librarian Lauren McBride presents some must-have links and resources for librarians looking to hone their social media expertise. An expert in social media, McBride maintains her school’s Twitter page, participates in a weekly Twitter chat hosted by the Virginia Association of School Librarians, and next month will lead a professional development “Boot Camp” session for Virginia’s Loudoun County Public School librarians on how to use Twitter.

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

Most schools have highly regulated Internet policies that don’t address the productive use of social media by students. It’s time to revisit those policies.

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

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

Maker spaces, robot construction, and computer tear-downs will figure prominently in librarians’ Teen Tech Week lineups this year, taking place from March 9 through 15.

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.”

‘The Lost Hero’ Project: TAB Group Brings Riordan’s Book to Life

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It was “lights, camera, action!” at the Smoky Hill Library, part of the Arapahoe Library District (ALD) in Colorado, where the Teen Advisory Board has created their fourth annual book trailer. This year’s endeavor brought Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero to the small screen.

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.

Schools Plan Group Readings of Gettysburg Address on Skype and Google

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Celebrating the 150th birthday of the Gettysburg Address, students around the national are connecting via social media for simultaneous readings of President Abraham Lincoln’s iconic, 172-word speech.

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.

Teen Read Week Twitter Chat Highlights

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Teen Read Week (TRW) kicked off with a lively Twitter chat among supporters of teen literacy and leisure reading on October 15. SLJ, Blink, Goodreads, Merit Press, Soho Teen, and AASL participated in the hour-long virtual conversation, highlighting ways librarians can help celebrate teen reading. The following are some of the tweets that resonated with SLJ editors.

Facebook Changes Policy So Teens Can Now Share Posts Publicly

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Facebook has announced that it is changing its privacy options so that teens ages 13 through 17 can choose whether or not to post publicly on the site, a reversal of the company’s previous policy. Teens also will now be able to turn on “Follow” so that their public posts can be seen in people’s News Feeds.

California Kids Get Social Media ‘Eraser’—But It Might not Work

California Kids Get Social Media ‘Eraser’—But It Might Not Work

California minors now have the legal right to erase their social media posts, a positive step toward giving them greater control over their online identities—or is it? Online content, after all, is not so easily erasable, according to Gary Price, editor of Library Journal’s INFOdocket.

STEAM, a Pinterest Board

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Curious about STEAM? Check out School Library Journal’s Pinterest board, curated by children’s librarian Amy Koester, author of our October 2013 cover story, “Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM.”

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; LOC’s Twitter Feed for Educators | News Bites

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YALSA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation are offering two $1,000 grants for Summer Reading programs: one for employing a teen intern and another for purchasing resources. The Library of Congress has launched a new Twitter feed for K–12 educators which can be found @TeachingLC. ALSC members are encouraged to send suggestions for the 2013 Theodor Geisel Award to the committee chair, Penny Peck. Capstone Interactive ebooks are now compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Life Hacking with IFTTT | screencast tutorial

Life Hacking with IFTTT | screencast tutorial

IFTTT—“If This Then That”—helps you automate tasks in order to better maintain professional learning networks, resources, and schedules. Learn how to find and create recipes on the Web (ifttt.com) or via the new IFTTT iPhone app in this video guide.

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