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May/Jun 2016: Features

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: The Common Core and Complex Texts - Learning Experiences, Engaging Strategies, and More

The Common Core State Standards seek to "emphasize increasing the complexity of texts students read as a key element in improving reading comprehension," according to a brief issued by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governor's Association. Is it working? Victor has some thoughts, and, as usual, some tools to use.

May/Jun 2016: Product Reviews


i-Ready is an adaptive K-12 diagnostic tool combined with individualized K-8 student online and teacher-led instruction in language arts, reading, and math.

LearningList is an instructional materials review service for schools and districts.


Remind is a communication tool that helps teachers or administrators connect instantly with students, parents and/or teachers, and teacher-librarians. Once set up, Remind sends quick, simple messages to any device.

May/Jun 2016: Columns

BELLTONES: Internet Filtering, School Faculty, and Trust: A Modest Proposal … Really!

Mary Ann has been writing and presenting to promote commonsense internet access in K-12 schools for more than 15 years. And there's always more to say! This column is about affording trusted school faculty members the right to bypass or override internet filters with a password or other means.

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Digging Deeper into DPLA

In her last column, Mary Alice introduced the Digital Public Library of America, aka the DPLA, and its primary source sets for educators. DPLA is a completely online library that provides access to almost 12 million historic and cultural primary source artifacts. Given its size, she has dedicated this column to sharing more information about DPLA.

EDITOR'S NOTES: Complex Texts, Primary Sources, and a Matter of Trust

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