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Archives for June 2011

ALA Annual 2011: AASL Unveils the Top 25 Websites for Teaching, Learning

An online brainstorming tool, a secure social learning network for teachers and students, and a fun way to create interactive timelines are among the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning identified by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) during the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in New Orleans.

The list honors the top Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators-and were named because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and […]

Not Just for Teens |A 35 Going on 13 Special

With more and more adults reading YA books, it’s time to get to know the literature and promote it to grown-ups of all ages

It is closing time at the library. Do you know where your teen collection is?

Ten years ago, the answer would be easy—in the lockers, bedrooms, and backpacks of the teens who use your library. More recently, the answer may be on the bedside tables and ereaders of a more grown-up crowd.

Sales for teen books […]

Tomi Ungerer: The Comeback Kid

Tomi Ungerer, best known for his children’s books—and his erotic and political illustrations—is back in the United States after a nearly 15 year absence. The French illustrator has a few good reasons to return: Phaidon is republishing eight of his books and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts is celebrating his upcoming 80th birthday with a retrospective exhibition of his works, which opens on June 18. That’s not bad, considering that his political views and racy […]

Differentiating to Assess Student Comprehension

When I began my first teaching assignment, I should have also enrolled in a juggling class. I struggled with knowing how best to support my poor readers, keep my good readers interested, and challenge my strong readers. I realized that when they weren’t appropriately challenged, my students became bored or stressed. My education classes had not prepared me for the reality of a real-life classroom, and my one-size-fits-all lessons did not work. Out of necessity, I learned how to juggle—quickly.

For […]

Are Ebooks Any Good?

Do digital books help young kids learn to read,or are they mostly fun and games?

Illustration by Ken Orvidas

When Julie Hume, a reading specialist in University City, MO, first saw the potential of a children’s ebook, it was larger than life. The book was projected on a smartboard at the front of a classroom, with huge, easily readable words, brilliant graphics, and an engaging recorded-voice narrator. A teacher trainer stood nearby, demonstrating to Hume and other reading specialists how to […]

Board Game Design | The Gaming Life

A pedagogical tool for inquiry and expression

“It’s about Barbie” the first girl began. I chuckled and then began to smile as the two high school seniors began to explain their game. They were just one of six groups in a class participating in a collaborative project facilitated by Kathy Wahl, Avon (NY) Central School Dis-trict’s high school librarian, the school’s statistics teacher, and myself that centered around utilizing board game de-sign as a method for inquiry and expression.

We divided the […]

Sweet Home New Orleans

Traveling to ALA’s annual conference? Take along our insider’s guide to the best eats, sights, and sounds.

The A-List

The American Sector
945 Magazine St.
(504) 528-1940

Arthur Roger Gallery
432 Julia St.
(504) 522-1999

301 Tchoupitoulas St.
(504) 299-9777

Belladonna Day Spa
2900 Magazine St.
(504) 891-4393

Brad & Dellwen Flag-Party-Gift Shop
2201 Magazine St.

Café Negril
606 Frenchmen St.
(504) 944-4744

930 Tchoupitoulas St.
(504) 588-2123

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
(504) 588-PORK

Deanie’s Seafood
841 Iberville […]

To Sir, With Love

Meet Terry Pratchett—royal knight, creator of Discworld, and one cool dude

It’s tempting to think that Terry Pratchett was born to write. With more than 50 titles to his credit, he’s easily one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. And with sales of more than 65 million books in 37 languages, he’s indisputably one of the most successful. The English novelist’s many honors include a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth, more than a half dozen honorary doctorates, and the […]

College Knowledge | Editorial

What students want: ease, speed, and librarians

Why do students always start a search with Google?

“Efficiency and accessibility—the simplicity,” explained a college student. “The library website is hard to use. You shouldn’t have to teach us how to use the site. It should be obvious.”

In the past year, I’ve had a chance to hear many high school and college students talk about how they use the library, including a panel from Illinois’s University […]

What a Way to Go | Nonfiction Booktalker

Long before flu shots and Band-Aids, a sprained ankle or toothache could lead to lingering illness—even death. Just mention this fact to your students, and they’ll inch closer as you booktalk these titles on this topic.

Whet their appetites with Georgia Bragg’s How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous (Walker, 2011) as she describes the demise of 19 historic figures. My favorite is how President James Garfield, shot at a railroad […]

Middle Grade Tell-Alls: Wimpy Kid Read-alikes | Focus On

What do you offer kids who have just surprised themselves as readers by finishing and enjoying Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Readers who are now standing in front of you asking eagerly for a book just like it? This is a crucial moment.

On the New York Times Children’s Best Sellers list for more than two years, Jeff Kinney’s megahit still causes groups of children to enthusiastically exclaim that it’s the “best book ever.” What is it that kids […]

Copy Cat: Is it legal to reproduce an out-of-print book to use with students? | Carrie on Copyright

Death can be downright disgusting—and fun to read about

A teacher wants to make 85 copies of a book that’s out of print. Its author is P. Gordon B. Stillman, who died in 1995, and the book was originally published in 1972 by the Independent School Press. I can’t find any current contact information for the publisher. Amazon has 10 used copies of the book available for $2.70 apiece. What would you recommend?— Kathleen Krepps, […]