May 25, 2017

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Educators Share Maker, STEM, and Digital Literacy Tools

Educators presented a bevy of digital tools for classroom learning during the ISTE/SLJ “60 Tools in 60 Minutes” webinar.

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.

“Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” Kicks off SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

A new season of the SLJ ISTE webcast series launches with “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” on March 16.

“Pop Literacy”| SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, will wrap up on December 6 with practical takeaways on pop culture literacy.

Great Tech Tools for Back to School

Hot picks for game and book creation, reading, and more.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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.