"The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond brings together many of the foremost practitioners in ebooks and libraries to examine the current state of the digital library.
With a full day of programming, including tracks designed specifically for public, academic and school libraries, professionals from administrative to administrators will find a wealth of new information, innovative ideas and best practices to put to use in their own libraries."
"Under the Common Core, the expectation is that 50 percent of elementary grade reading is in informational texts; at the high school level, the percentage increases to 70 percent. That’s a challenge, but it also offers educators an opportunity to launch a conversation in their school communities. Begin with these two essential questions: What is quality nonfiction? Where can I find it?"
Summer reading programs have long been a staple of library activities in communities all across the nation, yet many libraries today are offering much more than the usual programs that encourage young kids to read by tracking their progress and offering rewards. Today, many reading programs are accompanied by seriously cool reading and education-related events and there are numerous reading programs targeting adults and teens, pushing whole families to enjoy a few good books over the summer months.
"If your kiddos are creating and publishing digital content at the rate mine are, you likely want to lead them to select a CC license to apply to those digital stories and posters and music videos and works of art."
CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) — the First Amendment legal defense organization affiliated with the American Library Association — has unveiled its new website. The site — which retains the URL www.ftrf.org — is a significant upgrade for the organization and will enhance the online experience for FTRF members, donors, grant and award applicants and those who want to know more about the cases and programs in which FTRF is involved.
More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement.Job-embedded professional development, differentiated arts instruction, and critical-thinking skills integrated into the curricula have been key to their success.
"If you haven’t heard of Learnist yet, you’re going to see the name around a whole lot more as of 11am today. That’s because Learnist just launched its new iPad and iPhone apps. Edudemic got a hands-on view of these apps and they are quite remarkable. Not just because they’re fancy apps that look nice, but because of what they signal to the larger world of education technology.
These apps are going to be the yardstick by which future edtech apps are judged."
"Games allow you to create a system that when people participate, they generate a story," says Jeff Watson, a proponent of "civic games"--play that’s not just for fun, but has some underlying social purpose.
"Elizabeth is a college freshman who has severe dyslexia that makes it impossible for her to decipher printed materials. Nearly every night for 12 years of school, Elizabeth’s mother would sit down and read her daughter’s school work to her because that’s the only choice they had.
But a few months before starting college, Elizabeth discovered an online library called Bookshare.org, run by a small non-profit called Benetech."
" If there’s one thing I love almost as much as books, it’s making lists of books.Books I own, books I own that I haven’t read, books I own that have purple covers- whatever. While I used to do this on a spreadsheet, the internet has kindly provided a digital way to catalogue my books with the ADDED BONUS of allowing me to interact with other bookish folks. The two most popular book cataloguing/social networking sites seem to be Goodreads and LibraryThing."
In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages.
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