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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet

April begins today, and before you know it, students will be thinking of summer vacation and how they can earn money. The current job market is tough for teenagers, but with a little effort on their part, they can do something interesting. Here is my updated list. Download a copy HERE if you are interested. 1. Advertise on Fiverr (http://www.fiverr.com/ ) where someone could pay $5.00 and up for a service of yours

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May one stream a Netflix Video for in-class use? I have been asked more than once by a faculty member, may I stream Netflix videos to my classroom? Most Netflix videos, unless they are older films in the Public Domain, are protected by copyright. However, there are statutory exceptions that allow educators to show all or portions of films in an educational classroom. Title 17, Section 110(1) of the United States Copyright Act, for example, states educators may show a “performance… of a work… in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, unless, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, the performance, or the display of individual images, is given by means of a copy that was not lawfully made under this title, and that the person responsible for the performance knew or had reason to believe was not lawfully made. What if you invite your class over to your house and stream a movie for educational purposes?

The official blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association “Challenge yourself at #PLA2016 to be extraordinary because extraordinary libraries create extraordinary communities.” This was the theme for the bi-annual conference and it seemed to have genuinely expressed just that. I began the conference by leading a preconference titled “Emerging Adults in Our Libraries: Who are They and Where do we Find Them?” and while the theme doesn’t specifically pertain to teen services I think a lot of teen librarians (and this was part of the impetus for the research for the presentation) will attest to the reality that this is something they see and think a lot about with serving teens; what happens to them in terms of services and programs after they “age out” of teen services?

Quintessential summer reads I've realized something about my reading habits: once the days start growing longer and we all emerge from the winter doldrums, I read any book I can find with the word "summer" in the title. And that's what I keep reading all summer long. It's no surprise why: I grew up in a summer resort town; with the warm weather came my summer friends and my summer jobs. This New Chrome Extension 'Rewords' Hateful Online Messages The Google Chrome extension is similar to a spell check function, except instead of flagging misspelled words, it identifies insults and hateful messages and then prompts the user to write something else. Screen grab/NPR hide caption toggle caption Screen grab/NPR "Once an insult is read, the damage is done."

Book Trailers and Common Core Standards --------- Students use technology & digital media strategically and capably.-- Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide! Be inspired! Combine digital content and your files to create a lesson 19 Young Adult Authors To Follow On Instagram Give your Instagram stream a literary makeover with this definitive list of young adult authors whose accounts you should be following. No seriously, go follow them and thank us later. If you like your InstaGs with a side of snark, then make sure to give these authors’ pics a double tap. Sara Benincasa Dude, she is hilarious and GREAT.

14 YA Restagings of Classic Works of Literature With the recent success of Danielle Paige’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz adaptation Dorothy Must Die, YA retelling of classic works of literature have jumped on the market radar. April also saw the release of Great, comedian Sara Benincasa’s gender-bending adaption of The Great Gatsby, and in Maay, Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s oceanside story Second Star, gives us the story of Peter Pan through a modern 17-year-old Wendy’s eyes. Though it seems like the YA community is now buzzing with these books, it’s certainly not a new trend. Even aside from fairy tales, many classic works of literature are being modernized. Some are told by the same protagonist, and some switch the viewpoint to a secondary character.

10 Very Good Tools for Student Researchers January 27, 2016 One of the onerous parts in essay and academic writing is the bibliography section. Managing, organizing and citing references can sometimes be a real challenge especially if you don't keep track of what and who you cite. The last thing you want after a strenuous writing task is a messy bibliography with one reference missing a page number, the other needs publication date or, worse of all, having to go back to your sources to check for the source of that quotation you included in your conclusion. If you find yourself constantly grappling with problems such as these, the web tools below are absolutely something you might need to consider.

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