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Jan/Feb 2016 Issue Meet Your Learners Where They Are: Virtualizing the School Library As author Brenda Boyer notes, the proliferation of BYOD, 1:1 device programs, and blended and online learning opportunities for students makes it critical for school libraries to meet the challenge of providing services, resources, and instruction in virtual environments. To that end, Boyer lays out a comprehensive road map to building and maintaining that virtual environment. THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Resources for the New Media Specialist--DPLA’s Primary Source Sets and Ben’s Guide, Refreshed! The recently released Primary Source Sets from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the updated Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government are new examples of valuable resources that make access and teaching much easier.

Kids' Club Skip to main content NASA Kids Club › Text Only Site 16 Ways Educators Can Use Pinterest [INFOGRAPHIC] Teachers are known for their organizational skills, so chances are they'll love Pinterest's intuitive and logical design. The social network's user experience has helped it earn a top spot among today's most popular social networks. Therefore, we predict that teachers will give it a gold star, too. Our friends at have put together the following infographic, which details how teachers can use Pinterest to organize lesson plans, distribute curricula, collaborate with other faculty, and even encourage student participation. SEE ALSO: 9 Ways to Engage Your Employees on Pinterest

Technology and Education Latest update 4th June 2013 - These are some of the best free internet resources for education. This page is constantly updated; every time I come across a new piece of software or an exciting website, I list it here. This list is not exhaustive in any way. In fact, if you think there is a tool or application for use in education that should be added to this list, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and suggest it! is a fun site to create text-to-speech animations.Alice is a 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.

Getting Started with Reading Bear Quick "Getting Started" Video General Information about Reading Bear: Q & A on who Reading Bear is intended for and the thinking behind the program How to Get the Most from Reading Bear: how to use Reading Bear as part of an overall program to learn how to read What Path Should I Take through Reading Bear?: advice on using Reading Bear in particular school and home situations The Reading Bear Software: tips on how to use the system Videos of the Presentations The Interludes What is Reading Bear and who is behind it? Please see our About page for a basic summary and personnel. What age level is Reading Bear for?

Analyzer® You need to register to use the Lexile Analyzer. Already registered? Please sign in. project-laptop: Microsoft Mouse Mischief Draw 1. Run installation process When you click run or instalation you click “I accept the license for Miscrosoft software” and next click “Install” Draw 2. Accepting license program WEB 2.0 Tools I have known about some very interesting web 2.0 applications for a while. The obvious ones like wikispaces, wikipedia and alike, but also the online applications like word processors, spreadsheets and media sharing spaces like flickr. There are however many more that are really worth looking at. The Book Fairy-Goddess: Book Genres for 3rd-5th Just like with the younger grades, when October begins, I start getting into the more "meatier" lessons with 3rd-5th grade as well. These lessons are often taught during one or two library lessons, but will also carry on throughout the entire year. The first of these "meatier" lessons is on the concept of Fiction and Non-Fiction books. My goal in these lessons is to get the students to understand that if they can figure out what type of book they are reading, they can then get their brain focused on the proper way to "read" that type of book to get the most out of it. I combined the use of a poster and a powerpoint presentation that I created, and had them both up on the board as we began.

mswitten - Big6 & Super3 Resources Big6 & Super3 Research Process ResourcesPD AgendaBig6 Resources The chart linked above details each step of the process and offers online and offline resources. The table and its contents are a mash-up of the following resources: Other great places to find out more:A Great Place to learn about the Big6 and access step-by-step ideas and teaching resources. It will walk you and your students through the whole process.Kathy Shrock's Guide to the Research Process - not exactly Big6 but a fantastic resource for different parts of the process.How To Do Research - The Kentucky Virtual Library presents a great process for kidsBig6 Wiki: WebGuide: Search strategies and research skills organized in the Big6 framework. Rob Darrow, Library Media Teacher, Clovis Unified, Clovis, CA.Link to downloads of Big6 Units, Lessons, Templates (Grades 3-6)Zongony Adventure: A WebQuest to Teach students Grades 3-6 about the Big6Tools and Graphic Organizers to Teach the Big6 Research Page:

Grade 5 Links Cotton Creek School >> Library/Computer Lab >> Cotton Creek Links >> Grade 5 Please note that these links will take you out of District 118's website. District 118 is not responsible for the content of these site. Why Use a Database? Subscription Databases » Why Use a Database? Why Use a Database? What is a subscription database anyway? And why should I use one? A database is simply an organized collection of related information. On some databases you can search for digital versions of magazine and newspaper articles. So-Called "Digital Natives" Not Media Savvy, New Study Shows “In Google we trust.” That may very well be the motto of today’s young online users, a demographic group often dubbed the “digital natives” due their apparent tech-savvy. Having been born into a world where personal computers were not a revolution, but merely existed alongside air conditioning, microwaves and other appliances, there has been (a perhaps misguided) perception that the young are more digitally in-tune with the ways of the Web than others. That may not be true, as it turns out. A new study coming out of Northwestern University, discovered that college students have a decided lack of Web savvy, especially when it comes to search engines and the ability to determine the credibility of search results.

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