April 15, 2014

Computers in Libraries Conference Supports Student Learning

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This year’s Computers in Libraries conference included sessions particularly useful to school librarians, with topics ranging from ebook creation to the flipped classroom.

Global Education Conference: “Apps Galore”

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The Global Education Conference, held around the clock November 12–16, offered a wide range of sessions by and for educators. In particular, “Appls Galore” emphasized a variety of ways to use this technology with young students.

Mary Lee Schneider to Head Follett Corporation

Mary Lee Schneider, president and CEO of the Follett Corporation

Mary Lee Schneider becomes president and chief executive officer of Follett Corporation. Schneider’s appointment has important implications for the elementary and high schools that rely on Follett for their print and digital learning materials.

“Kids Online” Report: Young Children’s Social Networking Habits Harder to Track than Teens’

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A report issued by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop concluded that though children under 13 are involved in social media, there isn’t enough data on their social networking habits.

Digital Research Technologies Offer More Information, More Distraction for High School Students, According to Pew Report

Digital Research Technologies Offer More Information, More Distraction for High School Students, According to Pew Report

Though a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that in general, digital research tools impact students’ work positively, the study also reported that teachers believe that access to technology is also making students much more easily distracted.

SLJ Summit 2012: Chris Lehmann Calls for a “Citizenry Model” for Today’s Schools

SLJ Summit 2012: Chris Lehmann Calls for a “Citizenry Model” for Today’s Schools

Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, isn’t surprised most teens think, “school stinks.” This innovative educator is out to change their opinion.

INFOdocket: Top Resources for K–12

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Looking for new, timely online resources for your K–12 students? Gary Price, an industry analyst librarian and editor of LJ’s INFOdocket, has selected the following recent posts for school librarians. Topics range from current and past presidential debates to German Jewish history. Price is also co-founder and editor of FullTextReports.com.

Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond: Tablets in the Classroom

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Ereaders and iPads are becoming integral parts of the school library because they foster creativity and encourage flexibility in learning. But are students using this technology effectively? Panelists from SLJ’s session, “Tablets in the Classroom: New Strategies, New Solutions,” discussed how to ensure that students are relying on these devices to truly make the most of their educational experiences.

Is Amazon Whispercast Enough?: Doubts Remain on Kindle’s Adoption by Schools

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Amazon’s newest service, Whispercast, attempts to make Kindles more tempting to librarians by letting them control multiple Kindles from a single access account. However, many librarians have doubts, and there are remaining unanswered questions.