February 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

STEM & the Standards: Librarians and the NGSS

Librarians are getting involved in NGSS implementation at schools with maker space projects or other activities that incorporate NGSS principles.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

Google launches Applied Digital Skills

Need a little inspiration and seeking to add a little fun to middle, high school, college, PD or independent technology learning as this school year opens? Google just launched Applied Digital Skills, designed to help your students succeed online and prepare for their careers.  The program includes free lesson plans and digital skills videos designed for […]

Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers tips and tools for keeping up-to-date on the resources needed to teach students about Internet safety and digital citizenship.

Cool new Google Slides video functionality!

You’ll want to share these tips with both teachers and students.  Google Slides recently added some new functionality for working with video.  Slides has become my go-to presentation platform for the easy ability to collaborate and build with others and for its portability. If, like me, you regularly use Slides as a platform for presenting, […]

Orange Slice: Rubrics for docs

I just discovered Orange Slice, a Google Add-on that offers both teacher and student rubrics.  A handy productivity tool, Orange Slice plays nice with Google Classroom and makes it super easy to evaluate student work in Docs. The Orange Slide Teacher Rubric allows teachers to add rubrics to students’ assignments for grading.  The Orange Slide […]

Using Pear Deck and Nearpod for Individual and Collaborative Learning | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner highlights two digital tools, Pear Deck and Nearpod, which educators can use to enhance individual and collaborative learning in the classroom.

Top 10 Cool Tools 2014

SLJ “Cool Tools” columnist Richard Byrne taps the best productivity apps and websites of the year.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.