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Mar/Apr 2013: Features

Effective Web-Based K–12 Common Core Tools … and They’re Free!

Worried about the Common Core State Standards? If you are a teacher, you don't have to be. Granted, it will take time and effort to adapt your teaching plans to meet these standards. But there are a lot of tools to help you do it, available right now on the web.

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What Our Schools Have in Common--Technology and Teaching to the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core offers a uniform, nationwide measure of where our students are and where they need to be, and Victor's Tools for Learning feature this month provides you with a descriptive list of companies that can help you get started.

Mar/Apr 2013: Product Reviews

Compass Learning Odyssey

Compass Learning Odyssey, which is fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards, includes complete K-12 math, language arts, social science, and science curriculum, which are research-based and include interactive activities, manipulatives, videos, graphics, and animations along with audio reading passages in digital format.

LearningStation Insight

LearningStation Insight provides educators with a tool that can create assessments aligned to state standards, can identify achievement gaps, and can access aligned resources for immediate remediation. Student progress is monitored through daily and weekly reports.

Mayan Mysteries

Mayan Mysteries is an online puzzle-based game. Players explore the world of the ancient Mayan civilization.


Turnitin is a tool for use with student writing whether in a writing instruction class or as part of other subjects, such social studies classes. The teacher sets up a class and assignment(s) in the Turnitin service. Students or instructors then submit papers to Turnitin via file upload or cut and paste. Turnitin then evaluates the writing using three core tools so students and teachers can see the results as layered feedback.

Mar/Apr 2013: Columns

EDITOR'S NOTES: Common Challenge--Common Core!

The Common Core State Standards initiative has taken off! Virtually all states are on board, and, while there is some push-back, inevitably, adoption is going forward.

THE PIPELINE: Makerspaces in Libraries, Education, and Beyond

What do the arts, literature, cooking, 3D printing, LEGO, libraries, and education have to do with each other? They can all be supported and encouraged by makerspaces aligned with library collections, programs, and services.

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: The World Digital Library--Global Primary Resources Just a Click Away

Teachers and media specialists looking for digital primary resources representing world history and cultures will be excited to learn about a growing collection of significant, multilingual resources accessible through the World Digital Library.

BELLTONES: What I Really Meme Is ... -- Anatomy of a Happenin’ Thing

Just what is a meme, anyway? Mary Ann explores the phenomenon and then discusses why and how memes are important to educators.

IDEA WATCH: Live-Blogging Learning

Live-blogging is commonly used for online events, but it has made only a slow entry into the classroom and into library instruction, despite the fact that research studies show it to be an effective learning tool, not to mention a means of communication that students are familiar with.
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