November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Amazon Inspire’s relaunch

Following a year of retooling, the Amazon Inspire digital library reopened in public Beta this week. Offering a familiar, filtered Amazon search/shopping interface, Inspire allows educators to discover, download, curate and share Open Educational Resources (OER). Over the past year, Amazon Education has been working with groups of educators, including the Maryland State Department of Education and the […]

Collections by Destiny

It is quite possible that your catalog is the most expensive piece of software in your building. Are you leveraging it to its fullest potential? Follett is about to launch an add-on to its Destiny’s 15.0 release that might just make you and your community appreciate your OPAC in a very new way. Collections by […]

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

What’s curation? Curation is a funny word. When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. The folks we interviewed across library land curated in several different ways and we used the term curation differently depending on current community needs or where they were in any […]

CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

As librarians, wehn we gear up for a new school year, it’s exciting to have a few new strategies for engaging learners with literature and for building our own literature discovery/selection toolkit. You’ll absolutely want to introduce CommonLit to your classroom teachers and you’ll absolutely use it yourself to make curricular discoveries and to help […]

VR, Whole Libraries in a Contact Lens: ISTE 2016 Top Takeaways

Nearly 20,000 attendees convened in Denver for a notably robust ISTE 2016. From virtual reality to the new open resources platform Amazon Inspire, SLJ taps the highlights.

School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016

On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

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OER and you. The curation mandate

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate.  The Twiter feed shows the buzz around the trending event and it shows school librarians were at the table. As the initiative moves forward, it is critical for us to choose to be at the head of this particular table. Hosted at […]

Knovation Vetted Content Collection Now More Accessible

As districts begin to shift away from textbooks and toward open educational resources, one company makes the task of evaluating all that digital content much less tedious for educators.

Ben’s Guide relaunches

In collaboration with our own AASL, the Government Printing Office just updated and redesigned its Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. This new portal is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program. Mobile friendly, the website […]

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space

Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.

The Impact of Open Content on Education | Tech Tidbits

The Open Content movement refers to new ways of thinking about and gaining access to information. As we embrace Open Content, we move away from traditional, copyrighted sources of information with strict rules for use, Teacher Librarian Krista Brakhage shares how this movement will revolutionize education in the latest Tech Tidbits column.

OpenEd: an umbrella OER search and LMS

OpenEd, a free, open source site now boasts more than a million Common Core videos, games, assessments and sources.

Shopping for online courses and other educational content

For the growing numbers of us searching for online courses, as well as online educational resources, the portals are quickly growing in both number and size. Finding the best or most relevant content may be a challenge.  Sites like Kayak take care of of the would-be traveler with a cross-portal search, but what’s the would-be […]

Teacher Librarians Are Key to the Digital Shift | Pivot Points

With the demise of print textbooks and the rise of digital learning resources, the digital shift is certainly underway. There are many ways that teacher librarians can inform and assist school districts making the transition. They have the skills and knowledge necessary to help administrators create guidelines and systems that will guarantee a successful change.