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November 21, 2014

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Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

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.”

ISTE Winners To Be Honored in Atlanta; Ezra Keats Foundation Awards $820K; Qlovi Adds HarperCollins Titles | News Bites

A round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

With “GeniusCon” Project, Students Connect and Problem Solve

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If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be, and how would you do it? Teacher librarians Sherry Gick and Matthew Winner are asking students this very question with a collaborative, student-driven initiative they’re calling GeniusCon.

EdLiNC Calls on FCC to Double E-Rate Funding

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The Education Library Networks Coalition—which includes the American Library Association and the International Society for Technology in Education—is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to double the funding for E-rate, according to EdLiNC’s co-chair Jon Bernstein. The coalition also asks that the E-rate program offer more “scalable” goals for local entities, with limited national mandates.

Limitless Learning: Empowering Students to Build Big | ISTE 2013

Limitless Learning: Empowering Students to Build Big | ISTE 2013

The central theme of year’s lively ISTE conference encouraged educators to take away limits that hinder their students’ learning, and let students build something that matters.

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as “Defenders of Wisdom,” and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as “Defenders of Wisdom,” and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in San Antonio from June 23-26 offered unique opportunities for educators to interact, learn about the latest ed tech resources, and hear new ideas from education leaders. At a conference this size, it’s impossible to see and do it all, but here are some highlights that librarians can take back to their schools in the fall.

Librarian/Teacher Projects on New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, Energy Conservation Honored at ISTE

ISTE 2013 Tech Awards Honor Librarian/Teacher Projects on New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, Energy Conservation

An exploration of New Orleans’s hurricane-ravaged Ninth Ward and a student-driven study on how to conserve energy in a school are the winners of this year’s SIGMS Technology Innovation Awards bestowed at ISTE, the annual ed-tech conference held in San Antonio, TX, June 23–26.

ISTE Hopes ConnectEd Stirs Political Will to Fully Fund E-Rate

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The White House’s announcement last week of the ConnectEd initiative, President Obama’s urging of the FCC to overhaul the E-Rate program, is only the first step in what must be a larger, committed effort to fully fund technology in our nation’s schools and libraries, the International Society for Technology in Education says.

Choices, Choices… For the Tech-Minded, ISTE May Be More Useful Than ALA

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This month, librarians are gearing up for the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. But some question whether “annual” really serves their professional development needs. In a time of contracting budgets, layoffs, and demands for tech expertise in the library, is ALA still the must-attend event for all? Or is ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education conference) in San Antonio a better choice?

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education

The International Society for Technology in Education has initiated an online petition urging the White House to take action to invest in school broadband connectivity to bridge the digital divide in education.

News Bites: Apply for ALSC Día Mini-Grants by February 1

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Check out this week’s News Bites for the latest information on library grants, writing contest for young adults, and more.

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding

The E-Rate program, which is responsible for the funds dedicated to connecting schools and libraries to the Internet, is unable to keep up with high demand., and schools’ needs are only becoming more urgent with the advent of the Common Core Standards.

ISTE 2012 | ALA Annual: Candid Thoughts on the FCC Plan and Advocacy

ISTE 2012 | ALA Annual: Candid Thoughts on Change, the FCC Digital Literacy Plan, and Advocacy

In a challenging economy, ISTE and ALA grapple with advocating for their school librarian, media specialist membership and then there’s the hot-button issue of digital literacy.

Scenes from ISTE 2012

Scenes from ISTE 2012

A slideshow of images from the International Society for Technology in Education conference held in San Diego, CA, June 24-27.

Joyce Valenza’s Picks of the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

Joyce Valenza’s Picks of the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

Joyce Valenza winnows down the best of the best. The teacher librarian taps the sites she’ll be exploring this summer on her award-winning blog “NeverEndingSearch.”

ALA/ISTE 2012: Conference Survival Guide | ALA Annual 2012

ALA/ISTE 2012: Conference Survival Guide | ALA Annual 2012

From hardware to fashion, some sources to help you pack, spec your tech, and survive airport hell.

ISTE 2012 or Bust

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What are your top five picks for ISTE this year? SLJ asked Tiffany Whitehead, who adds that the annual ed tech show “is the most important thing I can do for myself each year as a library media specialist.”

Best in The West: ALA Program Guide

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Planning to catch this year’s American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Anaheim, CA? If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to make every second count. That’s why we’ve asked seven savvy librarians to give us the skinny on the top five sessions they plan to attend during the June 21–26 event. As you’ll see, they came up with an eclectic mix that’s bound to make nearby Disneyland’s power couple, Mickey and Minnie, a mere distraction.

ISTE or Bust: Top Five Program Picks

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ISTE is the conference that I most look forward to attending each year. As my school’s media specialist and tech leader, it’s essential that my colleagues view me as a constant source of new ideas—and ISTE helps me to be that. It also helps me to stay current with the latest developments in the global ed-tech community. The conference is an incredible opportunity to learn from and network with other educators who are also working to harness the power of technology to enhance teaching and learning in their schools.