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Articulating an Impact on Student Learning by Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Professor, School Library Program, Department of Teaching & Learning, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in December 2015, positions school librarians as Essential Personnel and provides potential dedicated funding to effective school libraries–IF we make them understand why school librarians matter. ESSA falls short, however, of identifying what characterizes an effective school library program. Overcoming Obstacles - The Digital Librarian If utilizing the rotation method, it is important to note that small group work is especially effective when students have received explicit training in the collaborative process. Students who work individually at the computers and not in a group typically spend more time actually engaging with the software and complete the tasks more quickly, although they may need more help from the teacher (Sivin-Kachala, & Bialo, 2000). Because of this, media specialists who do decide to rotate small groups through computer use must ensure that each member of the group gets equal time to personally work with the digital tool. This guarantees that every student gets the opportunity to become truly engaged with the software, hardware, and other technologies. Utilize student helpers. With limited funds, access and time, many librarians may not feel equipped to integrate technology into the curriculum.

Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students Note taking skills aren’t just automatic. We tell students “take notes” but they have no idea what that means. What makes “good notes.” The Top 35 edTech Influencers Education Technology (AKA edTech) is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Check out the following list to see who is leading the pack and changing the edTech game. Enjoy! How A School Library Increased Student Use By 1,000 Percent Listen to the full interview: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:45 — 71.4MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Read Transcript Last year at Big Walnut Middle School in Sunbury, Ohio, there were some days when fewer than ten students passed through the library doors.

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Skip to main content ALA User Menu A Division of the American Library Association 10 Online Resources to Improve EL Literacy Many elementary school ESL teachers are now looking at materials for their 2016–2107 classroom. During a recent #ELLCHAT discussion, we shared ideas for choosing materials for ELs. One of the liveliest discussions was about online resources. I’d like to share some online resources that feature books for children and really work well for ELs. The best books sites for ELs have an audio component, and the words are highlighted as they are read.

Online Research: Where to Start The New York Public Library has a huge selection of online content to help with your research, whether it's finding a single article, tracing a family tree, writing a dissertation, or anything in between. Our go-to starting point for online research is our Articles & Databases page. By "databases," we really mean any website where you can access information, be it data, books, articles, sheet music, songs, videos, even guided tutorials. Many of these are purchased by NYPL, giving you access to rich, well-described material that you couldn't find just by searching through Google. But with over 400 subscription databases and even more courtesy links to freely-available websites, it can be hard to figure out where to start.

Parents – How to Help Your Child Love Reading Over the Summer I know many of us educators (and those at home) have been working hard all year to try to cultivate or protect a love of reading in our learners. Now with warmer temperatures and summer beckoning for the Northern Hemisphere comes the real test; will kids keep reading over the summer? Is what we did enough? Did we lay enough of a foundation, get them excited, get them hooked so that the next few weeks or months will not put them in a reading drought?

Camp Newsela – Newsela Are you a student looking to join a Reading Club? Check out our Camp Newsela: Student Edition. In collaboration with educators and parents working to promote and foster student literacy over the summer, we are offering Camp Newsela. A team of educators at Newsela will host seven different classes and assign two articles per week for 10 weeks beginning on Monday, June 13 and ending Friday, August 19. Students can join one or more of the following Reading Club (Classes on Newsela). Joining is easy. 29 Super Effective Ways to get Your Students' Attention Without Ever Raising Your Voice by PowToon! “Quiet Down! This is the last time I’m asking you take your seats! Why won’t you listen!?” Teaching is tough! And that’s true even if you have a classroom full of 38 obedient children, who listen to your every word. So what do you do when your students are noisy, loud and disruptive?

My Cat Just Died and It Hurts Like Hell  There are certain truths about cats that are universal. They are cute. We love them. They love us.