April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

How Denise Sumida Won the SLJ Buzz Award for Her Library

Inventive and quietly determined, Pearl Harbor Elementary School librarian Denise Sumida uses high tech to foster a culture of deep readers.

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The Ebook Dilemma: Thoughts on Selecting the Right Ebook Model | Tech Tidbits

The ebook journey has been circuitous for high school teacher librarian Krista Brakhage. Some of the collection she purchased three years ago “disappeared,” prompting her to search for a new ebook purchasing model that works for her budget, students, and staff.


SPONSORED: Beeline Reading Challenge Kickstarts Student Independent Reading

Build choice, time, and engagement in independent reading for students this school year. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Brain Hive LLC.

SLJ Announces the Buzz Student Reading Award

The upcoming SLJ Buzz Award, sponsored by Brain Hive, recognizes K–12 school library programs that are developing innovative new ways to raise awareness of reading by bringing students digital learning activities that increase reading, improve engagement, spark social interaction, and inspire a lifelong love of reading to help kids reach their full potential.


Raising the Bar on Independent Reading

Anyone who’s had the pleasure of getting lost in a good book of their choosing knows the joy of independent reading. As educators, we take that experience one step further, understanding that independent reading is a key element to a well-rounded and successful literacy program. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Brain Hive LLC.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; 2014 IRA Conference Program | News Bites

The annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is accepting original works in 28 categories. Terri Soutor, former vice president at Lerner Publishing Group, a sister company to Brain Hive and a key player in the formation of the company, has been named Brain Hive’s president. Storybots founders Gregg and Evan Spiridellis launch Educade, a portal of free, ready to use lesson plans paired with learning tools. The International Reading Association has announced some of the renowned authors speaking at its 59th Annual Conference in May. Krup has announced a teacher’s lounge makeover contest.

Brain Hive Goes Live: On-Demand Ebook Service Rolls Out to K–12 Schools

Pay-as-you-go ebook service BrainHive is now available to schools. Titles offered include a range of fiction and nonfiction from publishers including Random House, Charlesbridge, Lee & Low, and Lerner. Carolyn Foote, district librarian, Eanes ISD in Austin, TX, calls it an “out-of-the box and creative pricing model that sets a new standard.”

BrainHive to Offer Schools Pay-As-You-Go Access to Ebooks

Having a hard time figuring out which ebooks to buy for your school library? A new rental service called BrainHive promises to solve the problem with a pay-as-you-go model for K-12 schools.