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6 Reasons You Should Be Doing Digital Storytelling with Your Students Anna Warfield What is all this hooplah about digital storytelling? Digital storytelling is a blend of video, audio, images, and text to convey stories, information, and ideas. Most likely, you are doing digital storytelling activities in your classroom already. If you are not yet convinced of the benefits of digital storytelling, here are the top six reasons why you should be doing digital storytelling activities with your students. An Open Letter to BOEs Everywhere Dear Board of Education members, It is budget season across the country. Now is the time when school districts need to make hard choices. Why are those choices so hard? Because of our country’s serial underfunding of public schools, which has been worsening for years.

6th-Graders Have Their Say: Why Students Value Blogging - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - Blog, blogging, education technology, Online Learning, students, writing Last year, I introduced blogging to my sixth-graders because I believe it is the most authentic way to teach students how to write. As I have shared in “10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog,” I believe, in short, Blogging provides an authentic way for students to write about their passions;it invites students to practice civil discourse by giving and receiving feedback;it recognizes that writing is a process that invites experimentation with different forms of communication;it encourages transparency;and it provides a launching pad for connecting with the world in meaningful ways for positive change. Using the platform Kidblog, my students wrote at least nine blog posts (some even chose to write more on their own initiative), five of them as specific writing assignments and four of them as “free posts.”

James Patterson is Donating Another $1.75 Million to U.S. School Libraries From Scholastic: James Patterson will personally donate another $1.75 million to school libraries this year, in the second installment of his School Library Campaign.In partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, the program was launched in 2015 as part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a priority for children in the United States. Scholastic Reading Club will administer funding applications to their network of 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers and will match each dollar with “Bonus Points,” which teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms, at every school that receives an award.Applications to nominate a school library for a donation must be submitted by May 31, 2016, and can be found here: year Patterson pledged $1.75 million in grants to school libraries. Of the nearly 28,000 entries received, 467 schools were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Source: Scholastic Media Coverage

Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes While the Maker Movement continues to grow, it hasn't yet gained its greatest traction, which currently sits untapped in the minds of the students in front of us. Through forming partnerships with community makerspaces or building a school makerspace, educators and decision makers everywhere have the rare chance to help bring this truly all-inclusive learning experience into their schools, districts, and communities in order to help all students. Here are four ways that the "new industrial revolution" will help your students succeed and help breathe life back into your craft. Fail Better!

Bright Ideas Teacher Grants Bright Ideas, a grant program sponsored by the Flint Energies Foundation and Flint Energies, your Touchstone Energy Cooperative, awards teachers money for innovative lessons and projects to energize learning in their students. In 2014, a total of $20,000 was awarded using participating Flint members’ small change through Operation Round Up. Since 2006, nearly $115,000 has been awarded to fund 135 projects reaching more than 4,050 students in Middle Georgia. The Bright Ideas program distributes money as grants of up to $1,000 for teachers who teach grades K-12 at public or private schools located in the co-op’s 17-county service territory.

The School Library Media Specialist: Program Administration "Fundraising and grant writing skills are becoming more and more important as budgets are being cut and materials more expensive to obtain. With cuts to education increasing . . . locating resources for alternative funding is very crucial to school librarians." Nadelbach, S.

Model Curriculum » Pennsylvania School Librarians Association The Model Curriculum for Pennsylvania School Library Programs provides a curricular framework in information literacy for school librarians to partner with teachers to help students achieve 44 of the PA Core Standards in English Language Arts, Reading and Writing in Science and Technology/Technical Subjects, Reading and Writing in History and Social Studies, and in the Academic Standards for Business, Computer, and Information Technology. The Model Curriculum follows the model used by the SAS Quality Review Team of the PDE, which is the Understanding by Design framework of developing curriculum, instruction, and student assessment designed for ASCD by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. The Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs Model Curriculum Training Powerpoint (PDF) The Model Curriculum Overview 2014 (pp. i-xv) Explanation of components of The Model Curriculum and how to use it to teach information literacy Student Competencies: Grade Band PK-2

untitled The Highly Effective School Library Program provides lifelong learning opportunities while supporting all schools as they strive to improve student achievement and prepare students for 21st century success. The Highly Effective School Library Program also recognizes outstanding school librarians and library programs. We award the selected school librarian(s) and his or her principal with a banner and certificate annually at a Colorado State Board of Education meeting. Highly Effective Recognition The" Highly Effective School Library" Program consists of several components: access to an Evaluation Tool, a Professional Development component, and the Recognition Award. Mission and Vision Statements Draw a Friend // Portraits by Kids for the Classroom I am a picture book lover and collector, and my favorite ones are about friendship. When my children were little and September came around, there were certain books I would always pull out and read with them prior to the first day or school and throughout those first few weeks. These books were like old friends, calming their nerves and preparing them for new experiences. (See my list of favorite friendship books at the end of this post.) Now that mine are older and in middle school and high school, I feel like I have missed a whole slew of really good, new books. One of the best new ones is The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi.