Study: Good School Libraries Affect Test Scores Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A study released Tuesday by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians shows that the more emphasis is put on school libraries--and the learning that takes place there--the better scores students receive on standardized tests. University of South Carolina Professor Dr. Karen Gavigan outlined the studies five areas of importance at a press conference Tuesday morning. "The presence of librarians and library support staff, instructional collaboration between librarians and teachers, traditional and digital collections, library expenditures, and access to computers," she explained. The study found that the schools which had these five components had better performance on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards. One of third-grader Tavetria Amponsah's favorite things to do is to go to the library and read.
The Top Tech Tool Infographic Nowadays, there are numerous platforms, web tools and apps that can be utilized to engage students in the learning process. Although this can be a good problem to have, choosing the right device and corresponding resource to meet educational needs can sometimes be an overwhelming task. But thanks to Clay Reisler, a technology integrator at the Pulaski Community School District in Wisconsin, teachers can easily locate a variety of tools for classroom use by referring to the infographic shown below.
3 Good Interactive Guides to Help You Integrate Technology in Your Teaching Looking for new ideas and ways to use technology in your instruction? The guides below are definitely worth your consideration. These are free short eBooks available for free download from iTunes store. The books present ideas and examples of the different technologies teachers can use with their students in class. Browse through the collection and get inspired! The Teacher's Corner - Librarians The Teacher's Corner Librarians This indicates resources located on The Teacher's Corner. My 35 Favorite Free Apps for Teaching Schools around the country are undergoing a digital transformation. With iPads and tablets showing up in classrooms with greater frequency, trying to figure out which apps to use can leave a teacher’s head spinning. Last year, when my school debuted an iPad lab, I was thrilled, but as it turned out, I barely used it.
New York Public Library's 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know Description: Around 2005 the NYPL created this popular list - it includes many classic stories from the 30s to the 2000'sThis list is publicly viewableLast updated: June 5, 2013, 10:47 pm Showing 20 of 93 items ( 15 currently available - Show Me )Sort by: List/Print View Book Abuela (1991) Dorros, Arthur. 8 Modern YA Novels to Pair With Classroom Classics The school year is winding down, which means that teens (young people of any age, really) can finally give the classics a rest and dive instead into the young adult novels that really reflect what it’s like to grow up today. Not so fast, though: Lots of YA books, for all their fantastical plot elements and contemporary detail (in at least one of these novels, witches and iPods are never far apart), address some of the same themes the classics do, including race, female sexuality, mental illness, and obviously enough, love. In honor of the classics, YA, and the joy of reading of both together, we’ve rounded up eight of the most-taught books in America and paired them with contemporary reads that tread the same, timeless territory. Classic: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare YA Equivalent: The Fault in Our Stars
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A Set of Educational Web Tools You Might Not Be Aware of June 7, 2014 From elementary school to college, students of all ages have a growing pool of educational tools available to them. Here are a set of tools you might not be aware of, and have been recommended by students to their teachers. A student planner that also tracks how long assignments should take, based on teacher estimates and classmate feedback. This free website helps students write science or lab reports using scaffolds for each step of the writing process.