The 2015 strategic plan for the American Library Association declares, “The rapid shift from print to digital content is one of the more dramatic developments now transforming libraries of all types.”...
In the coming weeks, educators and students across the country will head back to school. And that means many teachers and support professionals will reach into their own wallets so they can stock their classrooms with essential supplies and instructional materials.
Those costs can really add up over the course of the year.
“I’ve bought book bags, clothing, groceries, bus passes, musical instruments, standard classroom supplies like pencils, pens, paper, et cetera, and paid college application fees,” says Ohio high school band teacher Michelle White Lessor. “If I wrote it all down, I might go crazy…”
The educator tax deduction—which allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed expenses up to $250—was instituted in 2002 in recognition of educators’ generosity, and has long had bipartisan support. Last year, Congress renewed the educator tax deduction but only retroactively for 2014; it then promptly expired.
New bipartisan efforts would both extend and expand the deduction.
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Flexibility and personalized education: That’s what the learners of 2014 will expect from their libraries. We must be available everywhere, nimbly respond to students’ needs, and allow kids to learn in ways that suit them.
The evolution of students from consumers to creators of content continues as a major trend in education, according to the 2015 Horizon K-12 Report. Smart tech integration is at the heart of this transition, and libraries are helping lead the way.
As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students. More than 750 school librarians responded to SLJ’s survey, representing K–12 public and private schools across the country.
Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. How they will go about doing this is less certain but the principle trends are readily identified in various research efforts.
"When we search, we often first reach for Google–and rightfully so.
But by using Google students and teachers are unwittingly bending to the will of webmasters who are experts at SEO (search engine optimization), which can mean that you find what they want you to find rather than what you really need. So what to do?
Thankfully, there are options for 21st century learners..."
"Creating an eBook online is no rocket science and anyone with the rudimentary knowledge of how to use internet can get his/her eBook up and viral in a couple of minutes provided the content part of it is already written in a word document. I find the typing and editing part the most difficult stage in this process; however, if you just want to set up a short ebook for your students then that would not take you much time.
Just a couple of weeks ago I shared here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning a list of great apps to use to create eBooks on iPad and I received several emails following that post and some of you asked for tutorials on this topic. Here is one of my favorite tutorials on how to create an eBook on iPad that I always recommend to my fellow teachers. Check it out below and share with us what you think of it. Enjoy"
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