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Tales2Go: an audio collection (and a literacy solution) I LOVE audiobooks! They make it possible for me to always be reading. But for kiddos, access to audiobooks represents far more than a simple, hands-free convenience. Audiobooks allow children to build vocabulary, to attack sophisticated text and ideas beyond their current reading levels, Audiobooks can introduce children to new vocabulary, improve reading comprehension and fluency, hone those listening skills so valued by CCSS, and motivate them to read more.

The Digital Shift — On Libraries and New Media, powered by Library Journal and School Library Journal 5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian By The Digital Shift on August 4, 2017 “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger and SLJTeen Live! panelist Karen Jensen shares some ideas and resources for low-budget maker spaces. The Chatty Librarians: Podcasting | Field Reports By The Digital Shift on June 27, 2017 Book Lists by Theme One of the easiest ways to engage kids in reading is to share activities and stories on subjects they are already interested in. When you’re asked to find a book about subject X, a book list can be a helpful tool. They can make it easy to find some tried-and-true books on a given subject. Collectively, the links below offer you ideas for just about every subject imaginable. Caveat: We have books about summer, but we don’t have summer book lists. Fantastic Fun and Learning Booklists by Sarah BryanLittle Willow’s Booklists Bildungsroman, updated continually20 Themed Booklists for Teachers by Amy at Delightful Children’s Books

Technology from Southfield Christian Elementary School Creating A Digital Tattoo with the SketchbookX app This year we used the term “digital tattoo” rather than digital footprint when talking about cyber safety issues with the 5th graders. I wanted to emphasize that whatever you do on the internet is permanent just like a tattoo – it is hard to make it go away. To emphasize the point, students created a drawing of their hand and arm and created their own digital tattoo to represent how they would like people to recognize them from the things they do online.

Position Statement on the Role of the School Librarian in Reading Development Reading development is a process for attaining literacy by integrating oral and written language experiences into the literature and content areas. Spoken language, reading and writing are learned simultaneously. As students read "real books" and write to communicate, learning becomes relevant, interesting, and motivational and prepares students for life-long learning. Acquisition, organization, and dissemination of resources to support the reading program through the school library is cost-effective for the entire school district.

Top 100 Education Blogs for Educators and Teachers - Education Blog Top 100 Education blogs The Best Education blogs from thousands of top Education blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. If your blog is selected in this list, you have the honour of displaying this Badge (Award) on your blog. Submit Your Blog These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Position Statement on the Value of Independent Reading in the School Library Program The following position statement is currently under review to align with the National School Library Standards. In an information age, literacy demands not only the ability to read and write, but also the ability to process information and communicate effectively. Research suggests that reading proficiency increases with the amount of time spent reading voluntarily. Unfortunately, independent reading is often a casualty in our fast paced, media-oriented society. Today's students know how to read but have little or no interest in doing so. They have failed to catch the love of reading; therefore, they choose not to read.

Top School Library Blogs One look at the titles of blogs narrated by school librarians reveals the evolution of a profession within an institution that is at a pivotal point. Charged with the vital duty of promoting digital literacy, today’s librarians are daring, unquiet, sassy and definitely e-literate. This list features the top school library blogs ordered by website popularity metrics and social media engagement including the number of websites that link to a blog and number of followers on Twitter. We commend these school librarians for taking the time to share their ideas, experiences, and advice with the school library community. If you would like to recommend a school library blog to add to this list, please contact us to help improve this resource.

Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading Rationale: Reading is a foundational skill for 21st-century learners. Guiding learners to become engaged and effective users of ideas and information and to appreciate literature requires that they develop as strategic readers who can comprehend, analyze, and evaluate text in both print and digital formats. Learners must also have opportunities to read for enjoyment as well as for information. School librarians are in a critical and unique position to partner with other educators to elevate the reading development of our nation’s youth. Reading skills involve thinking skills. The extent to which young people use information depends upon their ability to understand what they read, to integrate their understandings with what they already know, and to realize their unanswered questions.

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