May 28, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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 […]

How To Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden | SLJ Review

BOLDEN, Tonya. How To Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. 64p. index. notes. photos. Viking. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780451476371.

Gr 5 Up –One hundred years ago, the National Memorial Association was formed to establish a monument honoring African American veterans of the Civil War. It took years to get Congressional support, but finally, in the late 1920s, a bill was passed to create a committee to establish a museum dedicated to […]

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.

Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

Playing around in 3D museums from Smithsonian and Google

Lately the digital galleries we visit have gotten a little more real.  3D scanned images allow us to get really up close and personal and around every bend. Recently launched, Smithsonian X 3D presents a variety of 3D collections. The objects are viewed in the sophisticated Explorer browser that allows incredible opportunities to manipulate, measure, […]

Smithsonian TTribune for differentiating and engaging reading (& global conversation!)

Looking for high quality news for all of your readers? The Smithsonian’s TTribune now offers K-12 teachers and librarians a carefully selected array of news content to meet the needs of all readers, including those who speak (or are learning) Spanish. The free content, includes text, images, audio and video–all available on any of these rich […]

Summer School for Educators; PEN Awards Shortlist; Follett’s 4,500 New EBooks | News Bites

SLJ brings you a round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

Summer Badges and More from the Smithsonian

Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer? The Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program can motivate kids to explore and learn wherever they are this summer, while earning recognition for their achievements.

Findaway World’s Bookopotamus; Smithsonian Conference; Kohl’s Scholarship | News Bites

Findaway World launches audiobook trivia app. Library of Congress offers primary source programs. Smithsonian’s diplomacy conference includes digital badge. Mackin initiative aids library fundraising. San Jose State examines the immigrant experience. Kohl’s offers scholarships to student volunteers. Technology and kids conference to be held in Massachusetts.

Smithsonian Libraries Launches Three Courses on iTunes, More Courses Coming Soon

The Smithsonian Libraries has launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U about early aviation and space history. More courses will be rolled out during the first half of 2014, including one on “Women in Aviation.”

SCBWI Announces Golden Kite Awards | News Bites

Be sure to check out a video challenge for middle and high school students, a chance for educators to win a document camera, children’s and YA book awards, and more.

Scholastic Plans ‘39 Clues’ Baldacci Webcast at Smithsonian American History Museum

Scholastic will offer a free, behind-the-scenes video tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with author David Baldacci as a guide. The “Decoding History” virtual field trip coincides with the release of Baldacci’s new book, “The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers: Day of Doom,” the latest in the bestselling series.

News Bites: Resources for Teaching About the Presidential Inauguration

For educators looking to make the upcoming U.S. presidential inauguration accessible to students, an online conference series launched by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies offers the perfect solution.

News Bites: Five Children’s Music Albums Are Nominated for a Grammy

This week’s round up of news bites includes five children’s music albums being nominated for a Grammy Award and libraries and museums coming together to support early learning efforts.

Pick of the Day: Titanic’s Final Mystery (DVD)

Titanic’s Final Mystery. DVD. 92 min. Prod. by Bedlam Prods. and Airborne TV & Film. Dist. by Inception Media Group. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.98; Blue-ray: $19.98.
Gr 9 Up–It’s been over a century and people are still talking about the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Through the years, legend has overtaken fact when it comes to what really happened that fateful night. Tim Maltin, a “Titanic Detective,” leads viewers across the globe as he pieces together a new theory on why the ship […]