September 30, 2014

Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together

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Shannon Miller, a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and former K−12 librarian of the Van Meter (IA) Community School District, turned a Rainbow Loom craze amongst her students into a learning opportunity called Banding Together.

John A. Williams on Connecting Library Resources to Student Learning, Connecting to the Common Core, and other factors impacted by the Digital Shift

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On October 1, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their fifth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries @ The Center.” Follett is a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to John A. Williams, Director of Digital Products for Follett School Solutions, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

Educator Spotlight: Renee Hobbs, Director of URI’s Media Education Lab

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Supporting digital literacy, lobbying for fair use, taking on media propaganda. It’s all in a day’s work for Renee Hobbs, director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.

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.

SLJ Reviews LEGO StoryStarter: Using the classic brick, plus software, to foster narrative skills

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Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.

Streamline Your Workflow: Five Time-Saving Tips

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Advice from Richard Byrne on streamlining tasks, from managing email via spreadsheets to harnessing IFTTT (If This Then That).

What You Should Know About Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 24

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The fourth annual Banned Websites Awareness Day makes excessive filtering an intellectual freedom issue in K–12 learning.

SLJ Reviews the AWE Tablet: A fast device, delivering blended content to individual students

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Chad Sansing assesses AWE’s tablet device, with advice on its potential use in the classroom.

Texas Superintendent Adopts Digitized Early Learning Program

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Using a community-wide digital reading program, Superintendent Ruben Alejandro of Texas’s Weslaco Independent School District has made literacy a priority for not only his school district, but for all kids in the community ages zero to three.

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

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Missouri library patrons can now rest assured that their library records for checkout of digital materials will remain private, thanks to a new state law.