August 31, 2016

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Are you future ready?

The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. We heard the buzz at AASL sessions, in the ISTE Librarians Playground, at the ISTELibrarians breakfast, and more importantly, at sessions at both conferences where others outside our little tent could hear the message. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White […]

ISTE Launches Refreshed Standards for Students

At ISTE 2016, this week in Denver, we saw the official release of a refreshed and aspirational set of Standards for Students focused on empowering student voice. We’ve come a long way from 1998 when our students exposure technology was largely limited to a weekly computer lab visit. ISTE describes the nearly twenty year progression of their standards as […]

ISTE Librarians Network Playground and the resources shared

I arrived from ALA a bit too late to catch the excitement at the ISTE Librarians Playground yesterday, so I asked current and incoming ISTELib Network presidents Sherry Gick and Jonathan Werner to help describe the vibrant scene I caught at the tail end.     As it has been for the last several years, one of […]

How Conferences Could Be Better

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Attendees describe how they’d like ALA and other big conferences to evolve—and why smaller and virtual gatherings can be fine alternatives.

Top Themes and Hot Tickets at ALA and ISTE 2016

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Sessions on maker spaces, leveraging ESSA, and STEM learning are among the highlights of the ALA and ISTE conferences this month.

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10 ISTE 2016 Must-Dos

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Key events and suggestions for librarians attending the 2016 ISTE event in Denver, CO, from June 26–29.

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Make the Case To Attend ALA, ISTE—or Any Conference

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It’s not too late to lobby for attending the ALA and ISTE conferences in June. Here’s a strategy, including ways to keep costs down.

Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

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A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

Getting Schools Revved Up About Robotics

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Expert panelists from our recent webcast share advice on how—and why—to dive into robotics with your students.

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 […]

ISTE 2016 Award Nominations for Tech-Savvy Educators Are Open

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Know an educator who’s a tech wizard? Or maybe you are one yourself? You may want to look into this year’s ISTE awards.

Connecting the World Through Books: Tips from the Global Read Aloud  

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The Global Read Aloud is in full swing, but it’s not too late to join or glean tips from this popular annual project for connecting readers across the globe.

Tackk, Twitter, and Teenagers

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This Indiana Instructional Technology Specialist and a local high school history teacher teamed up to create a successful new approach to an old classroom project.

Five Resources for Global News | Librarian Curated

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Do your students know where to find news? Here are five free websites featuring news and media content from around the world, selected by Director of Library Services at Worcester (MA) Academy Jenn Hanson.

Two Long-Term Media Specialists Win ISTE Making It Happen Awards

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Doug Johnson and Laurie Conzemius, both of whom have worked in Minnesota schools, took home awards recognizing educators who transform teaching through innovative technology integration.

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

Maker station at the ISTE Librarians Network Digital Age Playground at the 2015 ISTE conference in Philadelphia.

Maker was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that was a good thing for Jennifer Hanson, director of library services at Worcester (MA) Academy, who is planning a maker space at her school.

Dear ISTE (reprised)

This past week in Philadelphia I participated in a meeting that launched the year-long process of refreshing ISTE’s Standards for Students. The organization acknowledges the accelerated pace of change and is entering the process of seeing what works, what is still relevant, what is obsolete, what is still missing since the last refresh in 2007. […]

Trends Aside, Libraries Support Student Content Creation Now | Horizon K-12 Report

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The evolution of students from consumers to creators of content continues as a major trend in education, according to the 2015 Horizon K-12 Report. Smart tech integration is at the heart of this transition, and libraries are helping lead the way.

ISTE 2015: The Big Themes—On-site and in the Backchannel | ISTE 2015

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Melissa Techman recaps the highlights from ISTE 2015, much of the value, as in past events, coming from conversation and social media.

The “Best Part of ISTE”: The Preshow Unconference | ISTE 2015

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The Saturday before ISTE is really the best part, says Elissa Malespina. Between the annual unconference Hack Education (#hacked15) and this year’s Mobile Megashare, it was a great day of connecting and learning from leaders in the field.