July 30, 2015

Lauren Barack

About Lauren Barack

School Library Journal contributing editor Lauren Barack writes about the connection between media and education, business, and technology. A recipient of the Loeb Award for online journalism, she can be found at www.laurenbarack.com.

Chicago High School Hosts Citywide Maker Faire, Coproduced by the School’s Library Director   

Can you imagine having a Maker Faire at your school? That’s the case at Schurz High School in Chicago, where students are helping host the annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, which draws 2,000 attendees.

Digital Public Library of America Seeks Educator Advisors

If you’re a humanities educator who works with students in grades 6 through college, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) wants to hear from you. With a $96,000 grant, DPLA is seeking applicants to join an Education Advisory Committee to create resources to support student research.

MakerBot Offers 3-D Printing Resources, Ebook for Educators

Need help with 3-D printing? Enter the Makerbot Education Resource Center, which provides lesson plans, video tutorials, examples of best practices in the field, and more.

ISTE Honors School Librarians as Tech Leaders

Cathy Knutson, media specialist at Oak Hills Elementary School in Lakeville, MN, won the Librarians Network Primary Award, with Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. taking the Librarians Network Secondary Award.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

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Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

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Privacy around what students read, along with other personal data, may be at risk due to software giant Adobe’s transmission of the data without encryption. Student rights are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the confidentiality of student records.

JukePop Opens Kickstarter to Get Indie Ebooks into Libraries

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JukePop—a Palo Alto, CA-based start-up that crowdsources independently published books—has launched a Kickstarter, hoping to raise $15,000 to expand its library service to 60 more branches in states including California, Utah, and Arizona.

Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian

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Training high school students in digital research and partnering them with a school librarian can instill a high level of confidence during college, according to preliminary observations of a study underway by EBSCO.

California Administrator Creates Digital Stopgap After School Librarian Cuts

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When school librarians began to disappear in this Camarillo, California school district, Jay Greenlinger, the district’s director of instructional technology, found a way for students to find books and information online.

Are Today’s Kids All Thumbs? Touch Matters. Researchers Bring Tactile Learning into Digital Realm.

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Using our hands is critical to learning, and the rise of digital use by young children potentially limits their opportunities to learn about the world around them through touch. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that young children have trouble using toys and blocks because of their overuse of touch-screen devices.