May 25, 2017

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Media Center to Learning Commons: One District’s Transformation

A California library media coordinator led a renovation that boosted circulation and drew in many more teens—and made shush a four-letter word.

Experts Share Insight, Tools to Help Students Fight Fake News

School librarians and teachers uncovered new ideas to help students tell fact from fiction with the ISTE/SLJ “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” webinar.

Allsides: Curating diverse perspectives (or looking at news from most sides now)

Free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world and each other. AllSides.com mission It’s a search tool. It’s a conversation opener. It’s a bubble burster. Though I just discovered it, the news aggregator AllSides has been around for around four years as a platform that curates and uses crowd-sourcing technology to […]

ILA Report: Digital Literacy Is Hot; Access to Books and Content Is Not

The International Literacy Association’s What’s Hot in Literacy report shows that what’s trendy to talk about is not always the same as what’s most important to discuss.

FTC Complaint Takes Aim at YouTube

Groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, want online ads that target kids curtailed.

Choosing Leaders: What Are You Voting For? | Editorial

Libraries have always been about fostering understanding of the democratic process, but there is an intensified requirement during this election to confront mis­information.

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Welcome to Readialand

A bold new movement embraces tech’s potential to support early literacy across income levels.

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Tween Online Habits, Revealed

A new study reveals surprising results: kids in late elementary and middle school don’t behave quite like the “digital natives” we call them.

DK Publishing to Up-and-Coming Coders: Start from Scratch

This Saturday, May 14 is Scratch Day, a time to embrace all things coding. You can start by checking out a bevy of new books on the subject.

Three Digital Dynamos, Now in the National Spotlight, Tell All

Engaging kids with the latest of tech? It’s all in a day’s work for these PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program winners.

Mobile Device Addiction Explored in Report; Educators as “Mentors” Highlighted

The survey, “Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance in the Digital Age,” reviews existing studies on adults’ and children’s internet use and provides recommendations for educators.

On INFOhio’s light

I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of INFOhio. Back in November,  at the Treasure Mountain research retreat that preceded AASL Columbus, I met the INFOhio team in person. I was sincerely inspired by their presentation, their energy and their efforts to ensure all Ohio learners have access to the resources to which they […]

Pixar in a box

This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media teachers, and young filmmakers as well. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school […]

Five Top Collaborative Research Tools | Cool Tools

Collaborative research prompts students to share their discoveries, exposing them to more material than if they go it alone. It can also teach them to work together, defend choices, and think critically about Web content. Here, Richard Byrne’s picks to help jumpstart the process.

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“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.

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Findaway Debuts Playaway Launchpad

Findaway has recently launched the first-ever secure, preloaded learning tablet designed for children in a circulation environment, according to Playaway spokesperson Brittany Gonzalez, and the Chicago Public Library and Nashville Public Library are amongst its early adopters.

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.

Ebooks Will Surge in Classrooms, Study Says

The January 28 report from LightSail Education, polling 475 educators, also revealed a strong preference for purchasing ebooks outright over subscription models.

Digital Terms You Should Know | Pivot Points

Want a spot at the administrators’ table? Then be sure to understand these terms related to digital content, curriculum, and management.

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How I Organized My School’s Hour of Code

My students joined 20 million others in Code.org’s global event from December 8–14. Our highlights included “unplugged” coding, tutorials with themes from Angry Birds to Frozen, and $10,000 in tools and accessories, awarded by Code.org.