August 27, 2016

Joyce Valenza’s Picks from the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

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Teacher librarian Joyce Valenza reflects on the 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning, the highly anticipated list chosen annually by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Digital Public Library of America | screencast tour

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A closer look at the recently launched DPLA, its features and “how it works, both good and bad.” Linda W. Braun, a library consultant and educator, offers this screencast on the highly anticipated project.

How Do You Use Technology? School Library Journal Wants to Know

SLJ's May 2011 cover featured our annual technology survey.

SLJ’s research effort will enable school librarians nationwide to evaluate their level of service and advocate for increased resources. But you only have until tomorrow, March 29, to respond.

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu

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Skype, commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.

Librarian Cites ‘Concerning’ Trends in Digital Collection Development

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Librarians are uniquely positioned to handle the acquisition and management of digital content. But Michelle Luhtala, department chair of the New Canaan (CT) High School Library, sees some troubling trends, reflecting misconceptions about econtent among librarians and administrators alike.

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube

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Copyright law is complex enough, but throw in an instance of international remixing by nerdfighters, and you have a real mess. But in the hands of author John Green, it’s also the basis for a pretty cool video.

Quiet: Speaking Out on Introversion | Links of the week

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An interesting convergence on the web has more than a few people talking about quiet contemplation.

Resources for Digital Learning

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Technology integration isn’t confined to a single 24 hours, of course. To help inform your practice on Digital Learning Day and beyond, we offer related stories featured in SLJ and the Digital Shift, including the insight and expertise of Joyce Valenza, Richard Byrne, and other contributors.

An Alternative Search Tool for Your Tablet

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A new app for the iPad and Android devices uses a highly visual format to provide a different search experience for the tablet user. More than just a pretty interface, Izik—which debuted last month as the top reference app in iTunes—is based on Blekko, the search engine that boasts higher quality results based on human curation.

Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun

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From ebooks to digital literacy, there was plenty to debate at the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association. But the unconference on January 25 revealed clear consensus on one topic: maker spaces. They’re red hot.