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Using Data to Shape a Library’s Direction | Data-Driven Academic Libraries

Using Data to Shape a Library’s Direction | Data-Driven Academic Libraries | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Access to good data on key metrics such as circulation and student visits always helps make a better case for the important role libraries play on campus.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 5, 2013 4:20 PM

Great information for school library professionals that are interested in better ways to make "data-driven decisions."  I love how the author talks about the pro-active data collection rather than the reactive which most of us (including me) rely upon. The article also talks about a webinar that explains these concepts - might be worth registering!

Tim Urdan's curator insight, December 5, 2013 10:51 PM

Example for OSHER class

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Gale June Online Training Webinars

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Discover all the tips and tricks that will help you and your researchers get the most out of your Gale resources.

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Edmodo in the School Library

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Beginner level class.  Come learn how to get started using Edmodo in your school library.

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TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition

TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
The five-day TCEA Annual Convention & Exposition is one of the largest educational technology conventions in the nation and the largest in Texas. Every year, thousands of educators from across Texas and the United States converge in Austin, Texas for quality professional development, a superior exhibit hall, and networking with their peers. From nationally-known speakers and hundreds of hands-on workshops and concurrent sessions to special events and a 900-booth exhibit hall, attendees experience educational technology at its best.
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Submission deadline is May 29 at midnight. Don't delay!


TCEA 2016 Strands:

1:1, BYOT, CTE, CTO, Distance Education, Global Connection, Leadership, Library Media, Mobile Technology, Professional Development, Productivity, Special Populations, Technical Support, Technology Applications, Technology Integration 

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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes (most are interdisciplinary)

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes (most are interdisciplinary) | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
How can educators decide which tech to use in the classroom? There are specialists who can help with that.

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Interesting social studies ideas.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 27, 6:30 AM

Finding great tools for your subject area is often time consuming. This post provides links and descriptions of 30 tools. Most are free (but not all). Although geared to social studies most tools would be useful to all teachers and learners. Below is a list of five tools, including several that were new to me.

* Draggo, a free tool that helps you organize websites and is shareable.

* Explee, an easy online video maker. This tool provides a free trial and then requires payment. There is an education plan available..

* Flipsnack allows you to create an online flipbook. You can create a book up to 15 pages in length for free.

* CK-12 Flexbooks allows you to create your own online textbook, or modify ones that exist.

* Kahoot allows you to create interactive quizzes that have a game show quality.

There are many more great tools in this post. Take a few minutes to peruse it and you may find one or two tools to add to your toolbox next year.

GwynethJones's curator insight, May 27, 9:56 PM

COOL!

TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 28, 7:46 PM

Fantastic web tools to incorporate in your lessons! Pick one and have a go!

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Shout out to Region One School libraries!

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Shout out to Region One School libraries!

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants up to $7,000 to our Nation’s neediest schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning. 


Cromack Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Hubert R. Hudson Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Josephine Castañeda Elementary - Brownsville, TX
Lucille Skinner Elementary School - Brownsville. TX
Mattye Gentry Stell Middle School - Brownsville, TX
Palm Grove Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Rosita E. Del Castillo Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Senator Eddie A. Lucio, Jr. Middle School - Brownsville, TX
Victoria Heights Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
S. Perez School Elementary - Laredo, TX
Carmen Anaya Elementary School - Pharr, TX
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School – Pharr, TX (Middle School Matters)

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RGV READS - Little Free Libraries Map

This map documents the Region One literacy initiative.
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Look at all of the Little Free Libraries popping up across Region One ESC.  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zgpamitWGK0U.k3JBASsCjbaw&usp=sharing


If you have more to add for our South Texas area, please visit this link so your LFL can be included. https://docs.google.com/a/esc1.net/forms/d/1rXUwPY_IZhJ4DtG6GTrDXaBKa55ZGVVjwfjYyikOEnI/viewform

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Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ Educational Technology and... http://t.co/7ZRJwidv3D
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Free Technology for Teachers: Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects - A Handout

Free Technology for Teachers: Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects - A Handout | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it

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Check out this list.  It is a good breakdown of video tools for educational use.

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Free text to speech software with Naturally Sounding Voices -- Free NaturalReader

Free text to speech software with Naturally Sounding Voices -- Free NaturalReader | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
text to speech software for naturally sounding voices. Let your computer read most documents with naturally sounding voices and convert text to MP3, or text to WAV files, text to audio files, read text aloud, download free text to speech software now text readers, computer reader, Reader, online reader, talking text, voice text. naturally sounding voices, TTS, learning disability, reading disability, visual impaired, low vision, text to speech solutions, text to MP3, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Screen Reader, Dyslexia Software, Dyslexia.

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Test this out and see what you think.  I think it was definitely automated sounding, but not horribly so.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, May 19, 6:26 PM

Interesting free tool that could help with section 508 compliance. Only the paid versions of the program have the "natural" voices. 

David Swaddle's comment, May 19, 11:09 PM
I think the fact that they went for a professional 'real human' voice on their video says a lot for the product. When the manufacturer won't use it themselves you have to realise that it's not quite there yet.
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TWO SESSIONS: Increase Learning By Teaching Visually and Get Up and Running with My BrainPOP

TWO SESSIONS: Increase Learning By Teaching Visually and Get Up and Running with My BrainPOP | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
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PART 1:

 

The simple act of adding visuals to your lessons can improve student recall by over 600% and improve the transfer of skills by 89%. Utilize the power of mobile and desktop tools to quickly and easily make your lessons sticky and begin the fun process of teaching visually.

Guest Speaker:
Arturo Guajardo, BrainPOP

Audience:Librarians and TeachersLocation:Region One ESC - Point Isabel Light House Room (East Wing on 2nd Floor) Date: June 22, 2015 9:00—11:00 a.m.

Workshop # 46750

 

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Get Up and Running with My BrainPOP

Simplify the way you keep track of learning with the “My BrainPOP” suite of features. Customize assessments; see quiz scores and class-wide analysis; review student concept maps; provide feedback on learning artifacts from games and activities; manage your classes; and more! Join us as we cover the ins and outs of My BrainPOP and show you how to get started with its offerings.

Guest Speaker:
Arturo Guajardo, BrainPOP

Audience:Librarians and TeachersLocation:Region One ESC - Point Isabel Light House Room (East Wing on 2nd Floor) Date:

June 22, 2015 12:30—3:30 p.m.

Workshop # 46751

 

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Edmodo in the School Library

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Edmodo in the School Library

This is a half day professional development training for Region One ESC librarians who are interested in using Edmodo in the school library. The goal of this training is to provide school librarians with a solid foundation of using Edmodo to enhance their opportunities to positively impact student learning.  Note: Introductory Level Course

Presenter: Dr. Laura Sheneman. Region One ESC

Audience:Librarians and TeachersLocation:Region One ESC - Point Isabel Light House Room (East Wing on 2nd Floor) Date:

June 8, 2015 1:00—4:30 p.m.

Workshop # 46743

 

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Summer 2015 Catalog Library Services

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Teachingbooks.net Teachingbooks.net joins our Library Cooperative for 2015 - 2016. If you read fiction and nonfiction books in any discipline or...
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Region One ESC librarians, study our librarian's summer workshop catalog.  Find a friends or two and come join us!  There are many sessions that will appeal to teachers we well.  Please follow the embedded links to register.

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Teachingbooks.net: Join Us For Training Face to Face or From Your Computer

Teachingbooks.net: Join Us For Training Face to Face or From Your Computer | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
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Teachingbooks.net will be joining our library cooperative for 2015-2016.  Come see this exciting service and see learn about the benefits of Teachingbooks.net.

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Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers for School Media Specialists

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This workshop is 1/2 full.  Don't miss your spot in this reading workshop.  Guest speaker: Dr. Jannette Reyes, Region One Special Education Specialist 

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Next Week: Teachingbooks.net: Live or Online

Next Week: Teachingbooks.net: Live or Online | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
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Please invite a teacher to join you in this 2 hour presentation about Teachingbooks.  It is a fantastic program that supports literature in the library/classroom.  Tons of resources!

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School Librarian of the Year | School Library Journal

School Librarian of the Year | School Library Journal | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Encourage the best librarian you know to submit an application. Offer to help them.
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SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian | tweentribune.com | Current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments

SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian | tweentribune.com | Current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Lexile leveled current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments
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This site has daily news stories in English and Spanish, with the same one edited several times for different reading levels. The stories also have self-scoring quizzes include “critical thinking” questions that students can respond as short answer.

FYI teachers can create virtual classrooms to monitor it all, as well as moderating student comments.

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Summer 2015 Library Workshop Catalog

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Teachingbooks.net Teachingbooks.net joins our Library Cooperative for 2015 - 2016. If you read fiction and nonfiction books in any discipline or...
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Find your spot for learning this summer.  Bring a teacher friend.  Everyone in Region One ESC is welcome!  All library workshops are FREE!

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Teachers' Guide to The Use of Google Voice in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers' Guide to The Use of Google Voice in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Teachers' Guide to The Use of Google Voice in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/F0dKGxboUY #edtech #GAFE
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5 Great Apps Students Can Use to Demonstrate Th...

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5 Great Apps Students Can Use to Demonstrate Their Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Teaching with Tablets curated by WebTeachers
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R U Going 2 Class? Strategies and Tools for Engaging the Texting Generation

R U Going 2 Class? Strategies and Tools for Engaging the Texting Generation | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Students and Smart Phones Go Together Like Reading and Writing. Let’s Put Them to Use in the Service of Learning! In the U.S., and increasingly abroad, students of high school and college age require a smart phone as a standard

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Many of your students have phones.  Here are some strategies to use them as learning tools.

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Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To Learn

Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To Learn | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it

Jackie GERSTEIN: I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch.  I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week. Some of the themes I am planning are: Expanding and Showing Your Personal Interests Through Blogging, Photos, and Videos; Coding and Creating Online Games; Tinkering and Making – Simple Robotics; Hacking Your Notebook; and Creating Online Comics, Newspapers, and Magazines.  I have begun the process of planning these classes through reflecting on what the lessons will look like.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/



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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, May 19, 8:02 AM

Diseñando creativamente...Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To L... | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

Nancy Jones's curator insight, May 20, 3:45 PM

I like the comment that suggest also adding "Do they care?"

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 24, 4:57 PM

more questions uoon which to reflect when designing lessons

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Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers for School Media Specialists

Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers for School Media Specialists | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
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Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers for School Media SpecialistsThis session will offer strategies for school library
media specialists to use to support general education staff in providing Tier 1 interventions to students who are struggling with reading comprehension in one or more content areas. Media specialists will benefit from this session because it will give you ideas for read-alouds and for supporting teachers who need ideas to meet the needs of struggling learners. Come prepared to learn of some research-based instructional techniques that will meet individual learning styles of your students. You will view short video clips of teachers in the classroom using these reading strategies with students. NOTE: this session begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will go until 4:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly.Guest Speaker:
Jeanette Reyes, Region One ESCAudience:Librarians and TeachersLocation:Region One ESC - Point Isabel Light House Room (East Wing on 2nd Floor) Date:

June 18, 2015 12:30—4:00 p.m.

Workshop # 48803

 

 

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Teachingbooks.net - Live or Zoom (View Live Online)

Teachingbooks.net - Live or Zoom (View Live Online) | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
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Teachingbooks.netTeachingbooks.net joins our Library Cooperative for 2015-2016. 

 

If you read fiction and nonfiction books in any discipline or setting, TeachingBooks.net's database of instructional materials will enliven your K–12 reading and library activities.

 

Guest Speaker:
Nick Glass, Teachingbooks.net

 

Audience:Librarians and Teachers

 

Location:Region One ESC - Point Isabel Light House Room (East Wing on 2nd Floor) 

 

Date: June 3, 2015 8:30—10:30 a.m.

 

Workshop # 48883

Zoom Workshop#  48890

 

 

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