Venn Diagram The Venn Diagram app allows users to compare and contrast information and to organize it in a visually appealing way. Users can customize their circles by choosing from several color choices, and both the circle and font sizes can be altered to better align with the users' needs for each project. The finished Venn diagram can be e-mailed or saved to the device's photo album. Designed for use in the school environment, this app features a simple profile system so that multiple users can create and store their own Venn diagrams on the same device without confusion.
ePals Global Community Project: Literature Circles Students work in small groups reading a novel and assuming various roles in the Literature Circle in order to demonstrate their understanding of the novel and share... Project: Email Exchange Students will engage in an ePals email exchange, practicing the skills of collaboration and communication while building friendships and learning about the daily lives and cultures of others around the world.
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Best Websites for Teaching & Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. The Landmark Websites are honored due to their exemplary histories of authoritative, dynamic content and curricular relevance. They are free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover and provide a foundation to support 21st-century teaching and learning.
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)
Book Boot Camp 2013-2014 I'm continually inspired by my PLN. This idea is a direct result of the amazing librarians and teachers I follow. After reading this article about Teen Lit Boot Camp classes, taking part in the Shelf Challenge and following along with Donalyn Miller's Book Gap challenge, these three ideas morphed in my head to become the Middle Grade Book Boot Camp. The Book Boot Camp is a combination of a book club and middle grade literature class. From July 2013 to May 2014 (with a December hiatus) participants will explore ten different book genres, one per month. Using Primary Sources - Teachers Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills.
Keeping Up with New Tools There are hundreds and hundreds of web-based tools available! There seem to be a dozen or more new tools online every day! Here are some of the newest ones that I'm exploring (from my Pinterest boards):Donna BaumbachWebTools-New 2 Me! The Learning Backpack: About About Us The Learning Backpack is an Online Interactive Library for kids, youth, and adults of all learning levels and abilities, that features some of the most popular and engaging books and book series for helping to educate and inspire them to Read, Learn and expand their Academic Skills and Knowledge Online. With the Learning Backpack Library Card you will be able to access everything in our Library.
Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators Fail-Safe “I think we need to teach and show students that failure is a very real part of life and learning,” says Sherry Gick, who was the librarian for Rossville Consolidated Schools in Indiana for five years before becoming the district’s K−12 library and instructional technology specialist in 2014. Gick embraces the pedagogy of “meaningful failure,” emphasizing the process of learning. OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year? Do you know which words entered the English language around the same time you entered the world? Use our OED birthday word generator to find out! We’ve scoured the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to find words with a first known usage for each year from 1900 to 2004. Simply select the relevant decade and click on your birth year to discover a word which entered the English language that year.
Join the Somewhat Virtual Book Club (SWVBC) This School Year! Sep 10th, 2014 by Cathy Jo Nelson Just about three years ago, Joyce Valenza shared in her Neverending Search blog the idea that she and Shannon Miller came up with to connect their school library book clubs into a “somewhat virtual book club” for joint discussions. And, she generously invited other TLs to participate. I was one of the readers who responded asking to join in. And, in October 2011, we had our first virtual event.