November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

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

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the accelerated pace of change and is entering the process of seeing what works, what is still relevant, what is obsolete, what is still missing since the last refresh in 2007.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

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

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

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.

Resources from Mobile MegaShare | ISTE 2015

The free exchange of resources and tips was fast and furious at the Mobile MegaShare, an ISTE 2015 preconference, held June 27 in Philadelphia.

ISTE Honors School Librarians as Tech Leaders

Cathy Knutson, media specialist at Oak Hills Elementary School in Lakeville, MN, won the Librarians Network Primary Award, and Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL, taking the Librarians Network Secondary Award.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.