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Hangouts with Matt Gomez

For November 15, 2014: Never been on a Google Hangout? At Hangouts with Matt Gomez you'll learn how to create and use this feature for professional development as Matt demonstrates great ways to use technology through a series of You Tube Videos.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Nov 2014 By

STEMcoach.com

STEMcoach provides STEM teachers with science curriculum resources, hands-on investigations, ready-made research lessons, classroom tips, online chats with other teachers, and videos.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Primary Sources--Enriching the Study of Historical Fiction

Primary sources such as "Migrant Mother," the iconic photo shown on the cover of Marisa Silver's novel Mary Coin, are perfect for enriching and extending students' understanding as they read historical fiction. Mary Alice offers up a bunch!
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 Issue By

Discovery Education Brings Back Leadership@Now Webinar Series

Providing an opportunity to interact with a range of leaders focused on critical topics in education and offered to educators at no cost, the next installment of this series kicks off October 20 at 7 p.m. ET with a conversation on leadership in the age of connectedness.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2014

Mimio Launches New Webinar Series on Using Its Latest Interactive Technologies for Collaborative Learning

Hosted by educators for educators, the professional development webinar series is designed to help teachers create engaging, collaborative classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2014

ASCD Publishes New Common Core Resources

These new resources provide tools, examples, and strategies designed to help students grow as effective writers, thinkers, and problem solvers while meeting the demands and guidelines of the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2014

InformEd

For September 1, 2014: Back in School? Need resources? Ideas to refresh your mind after summer vacation? InformEd is a learning and teaching hub designed for educators and e-learners, featuring resources and interactive and innovative ideas for learning and trends in education as well as education technology.
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IDEA WATCH: The Twitter Edchat--A Global Tool, a Local Focus

Many techie educators rely on Twitter for their own professional development-culling helpful links or attending thematic edchats online that cross the boundaries of states and countries. But there is a growing movement to bring that Twitter PD opportunity home, within the boundaries of a district. Carolyn's got some ideas and example of what that looks like.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2014 - Sep/Oct 2014 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Influence--7 Rules (And You Can’t Just Do One!)

Invoking the ALA's Declaration of the Right for School Libraries, Stephen discusses what leaders in the field have tried in order to influence the success of libraries for learners, then offers seven rules he believes will help librarians succeed on an even bigger scale.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2014 - Sep/Oct 2014 Issue By

CEP Releases Compendium of Research on Common Core

CEP's new compendium elevates and amplifies the current research around standards to support the work of researchers, policymakers and practitioners. The compendium will be regularly updated to provide the most up-to-date information and research.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Aug 2014

Free Resources: Snapwiz's Edulastic, Formative Assessment Platform Sporting Student Mastery of Common Core Standards

Edulastic saves time and boosts classroom efficiency by enabling teachers to continuously track student mastery and provide differentiated instruction, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Jul 2014

CoSN Issues Resources to Complement K-12 Education Privacy Toolkit

Launched in March through CoSN's Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative, the existing toolkit addresses compliance with laws such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and offers smart practices to better protect student privacy and their data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2014

SETDA Launches The Guide to Technology Requirements

The interactive website is designed to help school districts implement online tests and plan for digital learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2014

BELLTONES: What About the Kids?

Mary Ann has written in the past about schoolteachers and librarians coping with hard times resulting from budget cuts. But lately, in view of standardized testing and mandates for scripted lessons, she has been worrying about the children, too many of whom, she feels, are unhappy at school right now.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Ten Titles for Your Professional Growth and Collection

It's tempting to ignore collection development when funds are limited and much is online, but a carefully selected, up-to-date professional collection is helpful for media specialists who present information to administrators and school boards or collaborate with teachers. In this month's column, Mary Alice takes a look at 10 titles for today's media specialist.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Learning by Design--Common Sense, Common Core, and Tools for a STEM to STEAM Approach

With increasingly widespread adoption and integration of Common Core's Next Generation Science Standards and Visual and Performing Art Standards, and with educators seeking solutions to combine the best features in a cross-discipline approach to science and the arts, the time for STEM to STEAM has come.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

Discovery Education Announces Launch of Digital Leader Corp

A new professional development service, the DLC supports school systems as they develop teacher-leaders to serve as change agents powering their district's digital transition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2014

Teachscape Introduces New Online ELA & Literacy Courses to Help Educators Navigate the Common Core State Standards

The new courses include video exemplars, expert commentary, standards-aligned teaching cases, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Apr 2014

ASCD Announces New Teaching and Learning Framework for Schools and Districts: The FIT Teaching Tool Kit by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

The FIT Teaching tool kit provides teachers with the resources to ensure the success of every learner and is based on four essential elements: School and Classroom Culture, Establishing Purpose, Gradual Release of Responsibility, and Formative and Summative Assessments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Apr 2014

PBS LearningMedia Announces Educators Selected for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program

One hundred innovative K-12 Educators have been recognized for their use of digital media and technology in classrooms nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Apr 2014

Alliance for Excellent Education Publishes Connected Learning Report

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students' interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Apr 2014

Mango Languages Sponsors Free Webinar on Language Learning and Acquistion

Hosted in partnership with the Association of College and Resource Librarians (ACRL) and Choice, the webinar will also discuss how librarians can facilitate the language acquisition process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Mar 2014

Report from MDR Notes Shifts in Library Media Specialist Profession in Wake of Common Core

As Common Core and digital instruction take center stage in our nation's districts, school libraries have become a central hub of technology and training, according to a new report from MDR's EdNET Insight service that explores the changing role of the K-12 librarian/media specialist.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Mar 2014

Free Resources: Discovery Education's DENapalooza Tour PD Opportunities

The Discovery Educator Network's DENapalooza will visit 12 locations across the U.S. and Canada, providing attendees creative and effective ways to integrate 21st century technology into classroom instruction.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Mar 2014

Flipped Learning Network Unveils Formal Definition of Flipped Learning

Crafted by experienced educators, the definition dispels myths and explains the Four Pillars of Flipped Learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2014

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Launches New Website

The redesigned website more clearly communicates the association's work and priorities to the public and follows on the fall 2013 launch of an online professional learning community for members and partners, SETDA Connects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Mar 2014

THE PIPELINE: Preparing Our Schools for the BYOD World

As with one-to-one computing, the BYOD and mobile movements have arrived, are being scrutinized, and are showing mixed results. Proponent Stephen Abram suggests why, in pithy form! And, of course, he points the way to success going forward.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Dissecting Ebooks and Libraries--An Evolving Market

In theory, ebooks can provide your students with easy access from all of their devices to reading material, writes Carolyn. But for libraries, there are all sorts of issues to be resolved in order to offer ebooks to our students. Developing an ebook collection is more fraught with questions than answers.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

SymbalooEdu

For March 1, 2014: Select, organize, and share your Webmix (a group of websites) with students using this handy tool from SymbalooEdu.
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Triumph Learning Unveils CommonCore.com, Featuring Practical Advice for Teaching the New Standards

The interactive clinics, videos, lesson plans, blogs and white papers featured on the site provide educators and parents with best practices and practical information on the new, more rigorous learning goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Feb 2014

ASCD Brings Spring and Summer Common Core Professional Development Institutes to New Cities in 2014

Expanding to eight new cities, ASCD's institutes are designed to provide greater support to educators nationwide as they continue to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), while meeting educators where they are.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2014

Kickboard Publishes White Paper Detailing How Student Data Can Be Used To Create More Effective Learning Environments

The white paper details how instructional management solutions such as Kickboard integrate academic and behavioral data, allowing educators to make decisions based on a 360-degree understanding of the whole child
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Feb 2014

SIIA Announces Industry Best Practices to Safeguard Student Information Privacy and Data Security

The privacy and security best practices are intended as guidance for providers of educational services to educational institutions to the extent that they collect, disseminate, use or maintain personally identifiable information about students (student PII).
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2014

ASCD Releases 2014 PD Online Course Catalog for K–12 Educators

The new catalog offers more than 100 user-friendly courses developed by ASCD authors and experts available anytime, anywhere to educators, including 21 new PD Online courses. PD Online courses are developed to help educators increase their knowledge and discover best practice methods.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Feb 2014

BELLTONES: An Open Letter to Teachers Who do Not Prefer Technology

According to Mary Ann's informal surveys, the issue of technophobia remains an anxiety-producing problem today for some folks. So this month, she's got some supportive, encouraging words that she hope you'll pass along.
Column/Belltones - Posted 27 Jan 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Leadership@NOW Webinar Series

The series will feature some of the most innovative leaders in education examining topics critical to teaching and learning today. It commences with a conversation on adaptive leadership featuring Ed Massey, immediate past president of the National School Boards Association.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Jan 2014

SIIA Releases Qualitative Study on Mobile Learning

The results, gathered from interviews with nine educators, demonstrate the successes and difficulties faced by individual teachers in their integration of smart phones and tablets for educational purposes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Dec 2013

CoSN Kicks Off 2013-2014 Webinar Series

Featuring local, regional, federal, and private sector K-12 education leaders from across the country, the hour-long webinars will be an online forum for regular discussions on a range of issues, including privacy in the cloud, learning analytics, "hybrid innovation" strategies, high stakes online assessments, smart education networks, and the "2014 Horizon Report K-12 Edition," among other K-12 education technology trends and tools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Nov 2013

IDEA WATCH: Embracing Mobile Learning--Think "Flexibility" and "Adaptability"

As more mobile devices enter our schools, libraries have to be responsive, in the tools we use and also in the design and functionality of our physical spaces. We need to examine how our policies support what students need, rather than act as obstacles.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

BELLTONES: Computers as Mindtools--Homage to David Jonassen

David Jonassen's book Computers in the Classroom: Mindtools for Critical Thinking espoused a philosophy of educational;technology that has had a major effect on Mary Ann's thinking and also on the direction of the M.L.S. program at her university.
Column/Belltones - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Questions, Musings, and Other Things On My Mind

Mary Alice considers the state of media centers and the mindset of media specialists as the calendar year closes … where they've been, where they are, and, hopefully, where they are headed.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Preparing Kids for the Work Environment—Without Being Too Brazen

According to Stephen, we know that the world of work we're preparing our learners for is emerging as a quite different paradigm than the one we prepared for. What can we do now to prepare our lessons and school environments to build on a vision of a positive future?
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Knovation Launches Professional Learning Program Leveraging netTrekker

The new professional learning program is available in many formats: online, interactive webinars, onsite sessions or custom packages. Participants will learn how to maximize the use of digital content to better address the new requirements and the depth and rigor of the Common Core State Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Nov 2013

Creating a Safe Social Learning Environment to Improve Student Success

This issue focuses on social media in K-12, and this previously published article from the folks at Schoolwires so closely fit what we editors were looking for that we sought, and received, permission to republish it and expand its distribution.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Scholastic's Common Sense for Common Core Website Upgraded

The enhanced site offers expert videos focusing on Common Core themes, an easy-to-use product finder tool, grade-leveled book lists for nonfiction and literature, and access to expert advice to help teachers and administrators implement the Common Core at school and parents encourage learning at home.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2013

Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Accepting Applications for Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) and Siemens STEM Institute Programs

These programs are part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Oct 2013

SETDA Releases Tools for Next Generation Standards Alignment of Digital Education Resources

The resources released by SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, provide recommendations for how the Common Core State Standards could be digitally encoded to support the transparent high-quality alignment of education resources to those standards, including an approach to encoding state-adopted extensions of the CCSS.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's No-Cost Professional Development Sessions for Educators Implementing Common Core State Standards

Designed specifically to support educators using digital media to enhance instruction and engage students, the Common Core Academies provide practical strategies and tactics that support long-term action planning as well as immediate implementation.
News/Free Resources - Posted 02 Oct 2013

ASCD Offers Professional Development Institutes for the Common Core State Standards

The one- and two-day institutes will be held in nine U.S. cities between November 2013 and February 2014 on five Common Core topics. Each institute targets a specific audience of educators with skills they need to implement the Common Core in their particular role.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2013

Atomic Learning Expands Online Training Library

One of the new online training workshops helps educators understand cloud-based applications.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2013

Internet@Schools Xtra News: The Call for Speakers Has Been Posted for the Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2014

Submit your proposal to speak in the Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2014 in Washington, DC, next April. The deadline is October 14.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's 'How Successful Digital Transformation Take Shape' Webinars

The free weeklong webinar series explores the roles of stakeholders in supporting digital transformations.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Sep 2013

Schoolwires Announces Symposium on Parent Engagement

Participants can learn effective new strategies for communicating with digital parents during the online Symposium on Parent Engagement on Oct. 22 from 11 am to 4 pm Central Time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Sep 2013

5D+ GoObserve

5D+ GoObserve is an electronic teacher observation and evaluation tool that was developed in partnership with the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) at the University of Washington using the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning teacher evaluation rubric in the only electronic package currently available.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Making Space for Makerspaces

Makerspaces in school libraries are a natural fit with the mission of the library—and they are springing up in public libraries all over, providing excellent models for school libraries.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Low-Hanging Fruit--Key Components of Learning-Focused Web Presences

For Stephen, the "basic" web presence today for schools is ideally managed by school library staff but also led by a team that involves and seeks input from IT, curriculum leaders, teachers, and students. Check out his list showing the foundation of a good web presence for school libraries.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

Interview | Tim Springer: A New Mobile Approach to the Learning Space

Tim Springer (HERO, Inc.), Don Orth (director of technology at Hillbrook School), and Chris Petrick (Bretford Manufacturing) discuss what it takes to create a mobile world for an academic setting, the issues and challenges, advice on managing the process, and the purposes behind it all.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

Free Resources: Follett's Common Core Webinar for Educators

Follett is hosting a free webinar designed to help educators gain practical ideas for effective Common Core State Standards implementation. The webinar will be held this Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. CDT.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Aug 2013

NEA Back to School Guide

For August 15, 2013: School is just around the corner and teachers are looking for ideas to create inviting learning spaces. The National Education Association has compiled a wealth of resources with ideas to brighten the decor of any classroom and coordinate with the subject matter that is being taught.
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ASCD Releases New Professional Development Offerings for Educators Heading Back to School

New professional development opportunities include ASCD Arias, ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership, the book Closing the Attitude Gap, and "Back to School Week," August 19- 23, on ASCD's blog Inservice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2013

MIND Research Institute Launches Sums & Solutions Educational Blog

The blog is intended to serve as an engaging online community exploring the national movement toward online K-12 learning, and as a forum to share successes and challenges from the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Aug 2013

ASCD Awarded Grant to Offer Free Virtual Teacher Networks

The virtual PD networks, facilitated by ASCD expert faculty and consultants, will cover math, English language arts literacy, literacy shifts for science, and literacy shifts for social science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Aug 2013

PE Central

For August 1, 2013: At PE Central, many activities are provided for physical education teachers to use in their daily instruction, including interdisciplinary lessons, best practices, and technology.
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Teaching Channel Launches Social and Video-Enabled Professional Development Platform

Teaching Channel Teams will allow teachers and teacher leaders to collaborate on improving practice and preparing for Common Core.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2013

Flipped Learning Network and Pearson Collaborate to Expand Professional Development Offerings for K-12 Teachers

"Foundations of Flipped Learning," a new professional development offering based on the work of Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams, is targeted at K-12 educators around the country and leverages a blended learning model of face-to-face and online training to prepare teachers to flip their classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2013

ASCD Offers Resources for Educators Planning the School Year Ahead

ASCD offers timely materials on the most prevalent issues in education today, including the Common Core State Standards, teacher and principal effectiveness, and quality instruction. Here are a few resources to get started.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2013

Free Resources: Five ASCD PD Resources to Transform Summer Learning for Educators

These offerings let educators take professional learning into their hands by selecting desired areas for growth and immersing themselves in targeted learning at their own pace. All five are available anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection.
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Jun 2013

Atomic Learning Announces Expanded Professional Development Opportunities at ISTE

The company will release six new technology training offerings to expand its resources of more than 250 education-specific software application and device tutorials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jun 2013

Atomic Learning Adds Summer PD Tips Feature to Blog

Educators who seek summer professional development invited to participate in weekly activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 May 2013

New ASCD Common Core Academy Supports School Leadership Teams Across the United States

This intensive four-day professional leadership experience offers groups of administrators, teacher leaders, and nonprofit and higher education partners an accelerated plan for putting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into routine practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2013

Free Resources: SETDA's New Report: 'Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning'

SETDA developed this report to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 May 2013

IDEA WATCH: For Ebooks, the Future Is Now … Maybe

More and more ebook vendors are entering the market, yet there are still many particular needs schools have that are simply not being met, according to Carolyn. Read her dissection of the current state of ebook affairs … and what's needed to improve it.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

BELLTONES: I’ll Show You My Badges if You’ll Show Me Yours!

Mary Ann has been hearing more and more about badging and online learning in the last year or two, prompting her to delve deeper into the subject, to try it in her own teaching … and to write all about it in this column!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Teacher-Librarian Education--Time for a Rethink?

As library and information science education evolves to meet the needs of a changing future, front row observer (and contributor and participant) Stephen offers some thoughts this month.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Sony K-12 Initiative Now Accepting Applications for Education Ambassador Program

Interested educators are encouraged to download the application from the Sony Education Ambassador community website, a free online destination that provides solutions for educators looking to implement technology in the classroom and fosters dialogue about how technology can enhance student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2013

ASCD Summer Reading List Identifies 10 Books That Can Transform Teaching and Learning

These books—organized by how they help educators transform teaching and learning—offer readers the opportunity to dive deep into the hottest topics in education, including using data to focus improvement, project-based learning, child development, and neurodiversity. All books are currently available in paperback and ebook formats.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2013

PBS NewsHour Profiles Innovative STEM Teachers in New Web Series

As part of its STEM coverage, and extensive coverage of educational issues in the U.S, PBS NewsHour is launching a multi-part web series profiling innovative STEM teachers from across the country.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2013

Internet@Schools Xtra: Deadline Extended, Call for Speakers for Internet@Schools at Internet Librarian 2013

We're STILL on the lookout for good proposals for the Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian 2013 next October in Monterey, California. The two-day track was created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K-12 schools. The extended deadline to submit your proposal in April 26. Think, and submit, fast!
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2013

Mimio Hosts Live Webinar Series on Fostering Collaborative, Concept-Focused, Interactive Learning

Each of the live 30-minute webinars is presented on two different days to better accommodate educators' schedules. The majority of the webinars are hosted by school teachers and instructional technology specialists who have gained expertise with Mimio's collaborative technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2013

ASCD Announces New Spring and Summer Professional Development Institutes Supporting Common Core Implementation

The new series of one-day institutes is titled Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core; the two-day series is called Common Core and the Understanding by Design Framework: Planning Units with the End in Mind.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Apr 2013

Gale and Library Media Connection Seek Nominations for the 2013 TEAMS Award

The TEAMS Award recognizes teacher-media specialist teams in elementary, middle and high school settings for their critical collaboration to promote learning and achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Apr 2013

Internet@Schools Xtra News: Call for Speakers, Internet@Schools at Internet Librarian 2013 Now Posted

The deadline for submitting a proposal is April 19. The Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian 2013 is a two-day track created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K-12 schools. The track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics, and takes place during the first two days of Internet Librarian in Monterey, California. That'sOctober 28 and 29, 2013.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Mar 2013

Discovery Education and Digital Promise Launch Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms

Congressman George Miller (D-CA), leading educational strategists, school district leaders and students from across the country come together to discuss the state of digital learning at the combined live event and live-streamed webcast. Registration is open.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Mar 2013

Shmoop Adds 26 Videos to Teacher Resource Offering

In all, 26 new video activities are available—all Common Core-aligned—and many more are slated to be added soon.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Mar 2013

ASCD Launches Interactive 2012 Annual Report

"Creating Solutions: The ASCD Revolution in Motion" showcases the association's achievements and serves as a resource discovery tool for educators who seek programs, products, and services that empower them to support the success of each learner.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2013

PBS LearningMedia Launches Teacher Core Program to Support Teachers Using Digital Media

The PBS LearningMedia Teacher Core is comprised of K-12 educators and library media specialists from across the country. In partnership with their local PBS member station, they will work to champion digital learning in their communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2013

CoSN Releases Results of First National K-12 IT Leadership Survey

The results will help K-12 decision makers better understand how education leaders are leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning, how these practices have changed over time and how current choices will affect the future of elementary and secondary education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2013

Cool Links: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways into Inquiry Learning

From the Mindshift blog, here's a post by Tina Barseghian that's well worth reading and pondering, featuring Diana Laufenberg, SXSW presenter, TED Talker, and ed tech thought leader.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Mar 2013

ASCD Releases Two New PD In Focus Videos, Three New PD Online Courses

These new resources address a variety of important topics, including instructional leadership, formative assessment, and Common Core State Standards implementation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2013

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.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Free Resources: Scholastic's 'Common Sense for the Common Core' Website

The site is intended to give teachers, school leaders and parents help in understanding and unpacking the new standards, as well as instructional and professional development programs to implement the CCSS.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Jan 2013

IDEA WATCH: Innobrarians--Librarians as Innovators

Librarians now have opportunities not only to curate information but to be leaders in their schools as innovators and change agents who bring new ideas and tools into the educational mix. Carolyn's got it covered.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

BELLTONES: Plagued by Plagiarism? Here Are Some Antidotes

This month, Mary Ann tackles the subject of plagiarism and how to combat it through creative assignments.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Meeting Mania or Mayhem? Scheduling Software Can Help

Finding a common meeting time for just three colleagues can be more work than it should be. Mary Alice looks at several easy-to-use tools that make scheduling easier for media centers that need volunteers and for the volunteers who want to help.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Workplace Literacy Falling Short--Teachers and Faculty

Most of the attention for information literacy has been directed toward students. But in this column, Stephen explores two initiatives that focus instead on information literacy training in the workplace context through the use of semi-voluntary, self-paced elearning.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Flipping Out--A New Model to Reach All Students All Ways

In this Tools for Learning feature, Victor explores some of the technologies, tools, and platforms that will enable you to succeed in implementing the new flipped classroom teaching and learning model.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

It's Never Too Late to Flip!

A firm believer in the flipped classroom model, librarian Pat Semple has developed a set of tools that allows her to optimize her time by "flipping" what are traditionally viewed as classroom tasks (lectures) with what are traditionally viewed as homework tasks (researching and writing).
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

Knovation Launches New netTrekker Search Navigator Program

Developed to foster the growing community of netTrekker Search users, the Navigator program empowers educators to work collaboratively with colleagues to leverage the power of digital resources and netTrekker Search to create engaging 21st century learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Dec 2012

Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Accepting Applications for 2013 Teachers as Researchers and STEM Institute Programs

The STARs program invites 40 educators from across the nation to attend Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for two weeks to study and conduct research with some of the country's top scientists. The Siemens STEM Institute selects 50 educators from around the nation to attend a hands-on, immersion program promoting STEM education at the Discovery Education headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Dec 2012

Pearson, Flipped Learning Network Announce Professional Development Partnership

The joint venture will result in a comprehensive professional development course for the rapidly increasing number of educators looking to switch to the new "flipped learning" teaching model.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2012

Alliance for Excellent Education Releases Report: 'The Nation’s Schools Are Stepping Up to Higher Standards'

The report identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must systemically address in the next two years and outlines the essential elements for developing a comprehensive digital strategy.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Nov 2012

ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards Implementation

This free report can be found on the EduCore site, ASCD's free repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2012

BELLTONES: Massive Open Online Courses--Moving Ahead With MOOCs

MOOCs are new kids on the online instruction block. Like many other online phenomena, they are growing in popularity at a rapid rate. Mary Ann takes an enthusiastic look.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

In Search of the Novel

For November 1, 2012: Need some ideas and tips for teaching novels? Check out In Search of the Novel, a free online video workshop produced by Annenberg Learner.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Nov 2012 By

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Announces Launch of the State Education Policy Center

The SEPC is intended to provide up-to-date information regarding select technology-related education policies and practices to inform school reform and improvement efforts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2012

Internet@Schools Xtra News: Deadline Extended for the Call for Speakers, Internet@Schools at Computers in Libraries 2013

The deadline for submitting a proposal has been extended to October 22. The Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2013 is a two-day track created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K-12 schools. The track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics, and takes place during the first two days of Computers in Libraries in Washington, DC. That's April 8 and 9, 2013.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Oct 2012

SETDA Releases 'Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age'

This report highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials market enabled by recent technology and intellectual property rights innovations. With a focus on the ultimate impact on student learning, the report provides examples of lessons learned from recent digital and open content/open educational resources (OER) initiatives by leading states and school districts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2012

Free Resources: Edutopia's Guide to Help Educators Bring Mobile Devices into the Classroom

The guide, "Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know," recommends taking advantage of mobile devices to engage students and help them develop digital media and technology skills, and suggests specific tools that educators can begin using today.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Sep 2012

Internet@Schools Xtra News: Call for Speakers, Internet@Schools at Computers in Libraries 2013 Now Posted

The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 12. The Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2013 is a two-day track created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K-12 schools. The track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics, and takes place during the first two days of Computers in Libraries in Washington, DC. That's April 8 and 9, 2013.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Sep 2012

ASCD Announces Additional Common Core State Standards Institutes for Fall 2012 and Winter 2013

These new institutes are part of the association's ongoing effort to support educators at all levels nationwide as they implement the Common Core State Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2012

CoSN Announces 2012-2013 Back-to-School Tools for Ed Tech Leaders

These resources were developed to assist chief technology officers (CTOs) and other school leaders in their efforts to enhance 21stcentury teaching and learning through the use of technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2012

ASCD Introduces Enhancements to PD In Focus

Based on research and user feedback, the enhancements in version 2.0 help teachers and administrators better meet their personal and systemic professional development goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2012

Follett Software Announces Digital Content Partnership with Curriki

Curriki's database will be integrated into Follett Software's Destiny Library Manager and Aspen Curriculum & Learning solutions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2012

Schoology

Schoology is a learning management system (LMS) like Blackboard or Moodle, but it has more features. It offers a way to manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators. It is an easy-to-use, easy-to-implement online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform that improves learning through better communication and collaboration and increased access to curriculum and supplemental content.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

Teachscape Professional Learning Suite

Teachscape's Professional Learning Suite facilitates teacher training with access to a large number of easy-to-use, research-based online multimedia content libraries. These video and print libraries help teachers and instructional leaders deepen their understanding of academic content while developing effective strategies for improving teaching and learning.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Data Delivery--Getting the Story Out

Carolyn considers this time whether educators—and school librarians in particular—are getting the right message out to administrators, in the right way, and even to the right audience. Read her conclusions here. Hint: Don't dump data; tell a story!
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

BELLTONES: The Technology Purchasing Process--Caveat Emptor!

For this issue, Mary Ann decided to take a look at current technology purchasing practices, particularly, putting the spotlight on one new and one older popular product, the iPad and the interactive whiteboard.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Google Literacy Lesson Plans--Way Beyond ‘Just Google It’

We should teach students how to search both Google and databases effectively. Nothing new here. But Google's Literacy Lesson Plans released in May 2012 are something new.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The New Learning Imperative--Social Sharing and Collaboration

To be successful, everyone depends on the support and collaboration of talents and teams that expand our own success. This month, Stephen riffs on the need to harness new and emerging technologies to boost sharing and collaboration skills in our students.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

Interview: Alan Landever--The New ‘Geek’

Instructional technologist Alan Landever, from Fort Leavenworth (Kansas) USD 207, discusses the past, present, and future of the internet at school, as well as the changes and the key barriers still left to overcome, in this Internet@Schools interview feature.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Content Collaboration--25 Resources for Accessing (and Sharing) It All

Teachers, librarians, media specialists, and others, including students themselves, need resources for accessing and sharing it all. With search, mobile, and social networking, there's a whole lot more help out of the quicksand.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

ASCD Launches Free Digital Common Core Implementation Tool, Announces Fall Common Core Webinar Series

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the CCSS. The series of new, free webinars provide educators actionable strategies and tactics for integrating Common Core standards into classroom activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2012

Curriculum Associates Introduces 'Ready Common Core' Program

Built specifically for the new standards and using the language of the CCSS, Ready Common Core offers students in grades 3-8 rigorous instruction and practice in math and reading while also offering teachers multilevel resources and tools to easily implement these lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Aug 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's Online Needs Assessment and School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and school systems around the world, and targeted to schools developing and refining strategic plans, the online tool offers educators a comprehensive needs assessment as they embark on the new school year.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Aug 2012

ITI Crosslinks: Expand Your Search Engine Options

Information Today, Inc.'s Paula Hane recently expanded on her earlier article on alternative search engines with a new and updated piece, "Expand Your Search Engine Options." Before heading back into the school fray, you should check it out so you'll have even better suggestion for students who only want to "Google it."
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 07 Aug 2012

SETDA Releases 2012 National Trends Report

The report includes dozens of examples of quality learning programs that leverage technology, including details regarding implementation of the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) State Grants Program for FY 2010 and under the America Recovery and Restoration Act (ARRA).
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2012

ITI Crosslinks: The Challenging Landscape of Ebooks in Libraries

Information Today, Inc.'s newsbureau chief Paula Hane recently delved into a Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project report and an ALA/Information Policy & Access Center report, both of which focused on ebooks in libraries.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 24 Jul 2012

Learning.com Introduces Complete Solution to Help Educators Align with Common Core State Standards

Learning.com's new project-based learning approach to Common Core provides districts with a model of integrated multi-day projects that require students to apply 21st century skills to solve core curriculum challenges, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jul 2012

Edmodo Annouces Topics for Free EdmodCon Virtual Educator Conference

Wednesday, August 8, more than 4,000 attendees worldwide will connect online for a free one-day professional education workshop. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2012

School Improvement Network Announces Upgrades to Observation 360

Observation 360, one of the tools in the newly released Teacher Effectiveness System, has received a new set of features to address the changing needs of administrators and help get students college and career ready.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2012

Is Your School In Compliance With The July 1 Internet Safety Regulations?

Web Wise Kids provides fun and educational games to help E-Rate schools comply.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2012

New CDW-G Survey Finds 'Learn Now, Lecture Later' Model Emerging in Education

Teachers and students report a shift away from lecture-only classes, along with increased use of classroom technology compared to just two years ago.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's 2012 Summer Boot Camp Webinar Series

Assisting educators at all levels around the globe prepare for the 2012-13 school year, ASCD's free summer boot camp comprises nine informative webinars on a variety of topics that shape classrooms worldwide.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Jun 2012

Teachscape, Saba Partner to Bring Integrated Talent Management to School Districts Nationwide

The two companies' alliance is intended to offer joint customers a unique, competency-based integrated talent management platform, designed to support the development of effective teaching practice throughout the career lifecycle of educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2012

ASCD Announces New PD Online Courses

The seven new courses for educators focus on differentiated instruction, Common Core State Standards implementation, and teaching students in high-poverty communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2012

Motion Picture Licensing Corporation Introduces Umbrella License for K – 12 Schools

The License gives schools the performance rights to show movies, popular children's programs, educational documentaries, and other audiovisual content for entertainment purposes on their campuses. Studios and producers covered by the license are 20th Century Fox as well as 390 children's, independent, specialty, and documentary producers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 May 2012

Turnitin Study Reveals 10 Most Frequent and Problematic Types of Plagiarism in Student Writing

The survey asked higher and secondary education instructors to rank the frequency and problematic nature of 10 distinct types of plagiarism as defined by the Turnitin Plagiarism Spectrum. The Spectrum uses digital terminology to identify the types of plagiarism and assigns a severity level for each form based on the degree of student intent.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2012

Catapult Learning and Teachscape Announce Partnership to Provide Professional Development Resources to Non-Public Schools

The agreement enables Catapult Learning to offer Teachscape's observation and evaluation system to its non-public school customers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 May 2012

ASCD Expands Support for Common Core State Standards Implementation with New Professional Development Resources and Events

The new series of two-day institutes focuses on the theme "Leading the Change to Common Core State Standards: Essential Tools for School and District Leaders" and addresses how superintendents, principals, and key administrators can best implement the new standards in their schools and school systems.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 May 2012

Knovation Launches Online Community for Educators

Know New Ideas is an online resource for educators who want to connect and learn with peers and other professionals who are interested in advancing the delivery of personalized learning and digital transformation at the classroom, school and district levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2012

Common Core 360

Common Core 360 is a professional development program designed to help classroom teachers align math and language arts curricula to the Common Core Standards.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Insight 360

Insight 360 is an integrated system of mobile, interactive hardware, and intuitive software that delivers formative ongoing assessments to track student progress.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: The Power of Gaming--Student Engagement, Buy-In, and Fun

Carolyn Foote, our newest columnist, recently attended the South by Southwest Education Conference in Austin, Texas, where she was intrigued by the ideas of author and game designer Jane McGonigal. That got Carolyn thinking about the emotional benefit we get from game-playing.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

BELLTONES: Communication Gravitation--Which Environment Is Best?

With the advent of Web 2.0, our options to connect with colleagues online have increased dramatically. Each environment has vehement detractors as well as loyal fans. Mary Ann and her survey respondents weigh in!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: What Is It About The Oregon Trail? -- Letting Learners 'Drive'

The Oregon Trail! Ask a group of adults about this memorable computer game and often they mention how this type of program motivates by putting kids in charge of their own learning.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Planning for the Future--Shades of Gray, Plaid, and Paisley

We need to encourage debates, pilots, and experiments in the learning space that are not couched in terms of black and white, but that focus on opportunities in the gray zone, according to Stephen (and many others).
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Why Technology Is Essential in Curriculum and Content Alignment

Compass Learning's Ann Henson asserts that a fulfilling educational experience starts with curriculum alignment and content, and that technology will play an increasingly important role in the interplay between the two.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

ASCD Makes Catalog of 300 Professional Development E-Books Available Through Barnes & Noble

ASCD ebooks in the NOOK library range in topic from leadership to homework to instructional planning, and encompass everything in between.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2012

State Educational Technology Directors Association Releases Case Studies of Innovative Educational Initiatives

The case studies are illustrative of unique state grant programs tailored to meet the needs of teachers and students in those states. While each program is unique, some common themes have emerged among them.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2012

Teachscape Announces iPad App for Teachscape Reflect Live Classroom Observation Software

The application allows observers to quickly and accurately collect classroom evidence in an offline environment and then upload that data when a Wi-Fi connection is available, making it easier to conduct classroom observations in schools that are lacking stable internet connectivity.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2012

10,000 Teachers Share Views on the Teaching Profession in New Primary Sources Report

Scholastic Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have released "Primary Sources: America's Teachers on the Teaching Profession," the second landmark report presenting the results of a national survey of more than 10,000 public school teachers in grades pre-K to 12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2012

Khan Academy

For March 15, 2012: "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere." That's the mission of Khan Academy featured on 60 Minutes. It is a place where students can go to view over 3,000 tutorials in many subject areas on many levels.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Mar 2012 By

Internet@Schools Xtra News: Call for Speakers for Internet@Schools at Internet Librarian 2012 Now Posted

The deadline for submitting a proposal in April 12. The Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian 2012 is a two-day track created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K-12 schools. The track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics, and takes place during the first two days of Internet Librarian in Monterey, California. That's October 22 and 23, 2012.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2012

Cool Links: Building Your Own Textbook

Here's a brief piece from Edutopia that adds a lot to the discussion on etexts and ebooks, in our opinion, largely owing to its focus on resources for "doing it yourself."
News/Cool Links - Posted 13 Mar 2012

School Improvement Network Announces LiveBook

LiveBooks are similar to ebooks in that they are published online and available digitally to readers. However, rather than a single, concluded piece of work, LiveBooks can be updated by their authors at any time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2012

ASCD Offers New Institute Series and Free Webinars to Help Educators Implement Common Core Standards

All of ASCD's Common Core institutes will be led by national experts who will introduce strategies and plans for determining readiness, new curriculum and assessment tools, and instructional shifts for the new ELA and math standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2012

BELLTONES: Take Courage! You Can Cope With the Times

In her previous column, Mary Ann talked about some nuts-and-bolts, practical steps educators can take to help cope with shrinking budgets. This time she broadens the topic to talk about how we can use the internet to mitigate negativity resulting from any type of hard times.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Changing Ecology of Reading--Learners, Teachers, Librarians Take Note!

Stephen points out that the reading ecology is changing. Reading may be fundamental, but the way we use reading materials in teaching and libraries will necessarily change as that ecology does.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

Gale Looks to Unmask the Next Librarian Superheroes

The company is launching the second annual Are you a Librarian Superhero? contest to recognize the often heroic efforts put forth by librarians around the country.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2012

ASCD and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Partner to Launch New PD Online Course

The course, entitled Exploring 21st Century Teaching and Learning, outlines 21st century teaching and learning and is designed to empower educators with the tools and concepts needed to develop a vision of 21st century education in their school or district and translate it into actionable practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2012

PBS TeacherLine Adds Course Terms to Online Professional Development Program

Most popular PBS TeacherLine courses are now offered eight times a year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2012

ITI Crosslinks: Apple Announces Efforts to ‘Reinvent’ Textbooks

Apple's Jan. 19 announcements on the iBooks 2 for iPad app, the iBooks Author, and the iTunes U app have engendered loads of news reporting, analysis, and commentary, not least from Information Today, Inc. Newsbreaks writer Nancy Herther.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 27 Jan 2012

PBS TeacherLine Unveils Course on Virtual Teaching

The six-week Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching course goes beyond simply teaching about the online tools for virtual teachers, but delves deeply into the critical knowledge, strategies, and techniques to support student achievement in an online learning environment while aligning to the standards from iNACOL, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the NEA Guide to Online Teaching.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

Discovery Education Launches Discovery Education LIVE Webinar Series

Designed to help students understand the importance of their education and motivate them to make a difference, the webinar series will feature thought leaders on a variety of topics of importance to students and educators throughout the year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2012

Cool Links: Infographic--Apple, iPads, Digital Resources and Education

Take a look at schoollibrarymanagement.com's infographic about Apple's iTunes U app announcement.
News/Cool Links - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Apple Unveils iTunes U App for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

The iTunes U app gives iOS users access a catalog of free educational content from top universities including Cambridge, Duke, Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, and any K-12 school district can offer full courses through the iTunes U app.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Cool Links: Ebooks and School Libraries

ALA's American Libraries magazine has published a great article on ebooks and school libraries. Part of the first two paragraphs should get you into it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 16 Jan 2012

PBS TeacherLine Aligns Courses to Common Core State Standards

The alignment means that PBS TeacherLine reading/language arts and mathematics courses provide professional development training and resources that help teachers develop lessons and deliver instruction based on Common Core State Standards and meet students' individual needs, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2012

School Improvement Network Releases Learning Progression Tool

The Learning Progression Tool is a new function that has been added to SINET's Common Core solution suite, Common Core 360. It provides an intuitive way to browse the Standards for lesson planning, curriculum alignment, and remedial/special education planning, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2012

ASCD Announces Seven New PD Online Courses for Educators

The new courses from ASCD support educators implementing Common Core State Standards. Three support implementation of new math standards; four subject-based courses focus on supporting educators in integrating the new literacy standards into science, history/social studies, English language arts, and mathematics lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2012

BELLTONES: Sourcing the Crowd--Common-Sense Measures for Hard Times

A song that keeps repeating in Mary Ann's head these days is "Hard Times Come Again No More," no doubt owing to the hard times and education budget cuts her public school colleagues are experiencing in Texas. In an effort to chase away this earworm with some positive thinking, she asked herself and other educators what they can do in the face of these cuts. See what the crowd came up with.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Technology Management--Daily Realities and Lingering Concerns

Media specialists know to double-check that all technology is in working order, even when the activity has previously worked well. Springboarding off her updated Tips for a Successful Internet Experience planning checklist for media specialists and teachers, Mary Alice delves this month into continuing questions about lab scheduling, file storage, and printing.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

Teachscape Announces Data-Driven Instruction Series Content Library

Comprised of four new modules - two for instructional leaders and two for teachers - the series helps educators use data to make informed decisions for planning and implementing effective instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2011

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

For November 15, 2011: In a recent workshop given by Kathy Orr , library media specialist from Olentangy Liberty High School in Ohio, she discusses "filter bubbles" and how they affect searching on the Internet. To learn more about this fascinating concept, watch the video Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles."
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Nov 2011 By

iParadigms Announces Results of Plagiarism Study

The study shows that secondary school students in the United States rely more heavily on social networks for content in their papers and less on cheat sites and paper mills compared to college students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2011

Follett Challenge Winners Unveiled, Honored

The Follett Challenge was designed to reward school libraries for applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2011

BELLTONES: Advice on Data Backups? Do as I Say … Not as I’ve Been Doing!

Mary Ann's topic this month is backing up your important files. Are you faithful about this? She used to be. But, she says, recently she has grown careless. So this article is in the vein of, "Do as I say and not as I do," … or did.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: From Tiny Museums to the Library of Congress--Discovering Local History Resources in the Digital Age

Mary Alice notes that local museums, libraries, businesses, and passionate volunteers are digitizing primary resources and providing other digital content through processes once only affordable or possible by larger entities.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Where Are They Now? Looking Back Before Moving On

Johanna winds up her stint writing for Internet@Schools by revisiting some of the tech innovators she wrote about to explore what they're up to and the "tech effect" of their efforts.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

Cool Links: Textbooks of Tomorrow

Link from Victor Rivero's edtechdigest (thanks Victor) to this interesting infographic on digital textbooks, originally from OnlineEducation.net.
News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Oct 2011

Second Monograph Released from 2011 CoSN Compendium

"The Big Shift: Curriculum and Technology Leaders Advancing Digital Learning" provides districts with strategies on how to strengthen the collaboration between K-12 curriculum and technology leaders in the use of digital learning resources and technology infrastructure.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2011

Inspiration Software to Offer New Hands-On Professional Development Workshops

The three-hour, on-site workshops will help participants increase their knowledge of visual learning concepts and techniques, as well as how to apply these techniques to increase students' critical thinking, planning, organization, outlining and writing skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2011

Teachscape Increases Video Recording Options, Adds Video Clipping Functionality to its Reflect Video Platform

The new features and new Mini Camera Kit expand the use of classroom video for professional learning communities and classroom observation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2011

Free Resources: Discovery Education and Partners’ Supplemental Classroom Materials, Grants, Award Programs

Focused on providing fun and engaging tools to classrooms and homes, these joint efforts include components like supplemental family activities, K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons and more.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Oct 2011

Kaplan K12 Learning Services Offers Online Educator Toolkit for Differentiated Instruction and Professional Development

Teach! Strategies & Resources is designed to help schools bridge current instruction and future Common Core expectations with on-demand instructional professional development support.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2011

Teachscape Reflect Live Helps Accelerate Shift from Paper-Based to Technology-Enabled Classroom Observations

The online system allows observers to move from traditional paper forms to a technology-enabled process that allows them to seamlessly schedule classroom observations, collect and organize observation data, align evidence with a framework, and then store it on one secure platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2011

Pearson Announces Webinars on Online Assessment Practices

In these two new online workshops, participants will be walked, step by step, through Considerations for Next Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014, a comprehensive guide for making the transition, released by Pearson earlier this year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Sep 2011

Teachscape and ETS Join Forces to Develop Online Observer Training and Testing System for Teacher Evaluations

Based on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching, the new system helps observers to make reliable, consistent, and defensible judgments of teaching practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Sep 2011

Free Resources: A Discovery Education Day of Instructive Webinars on 21st Century Learning Tools

The special live student session will feature acclaimed children's author Jean Craighead George.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Sep 2011

CoSN Launches Nationwide Search for Innovative K-12 District Leaders to Develop Best Practices on Using New Media to Invigorate Learning

The effort is part of CoSN's Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy initiative, which is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2011

BELLTONES: Terrific Tried and True Techie Teachers!

Mary Ann decided she wanted to know more about her peers—educators "of a certain age"—and their level of adoption of computer technology in education. One informal survey and a large number of responses later, she has her answer.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Subscription Databases in the Age of the Internet--A Problem With Easy Solutions

It is disconcerting when a school or state purchases valuable resources and usage is low. Mary Alice says the start of the school year is a good time to begin overcoming nonuse.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: School Library/Public Library Partnerships

As you start the school year in this era of economic challenges, Stephen offers a range of strategies for partnering with your local public library.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Teacher, Adventurer, Citizen of the World--Choosing the Road Less Traveled

Johanna continues her examination of technology infusion in global educational settings with a look at how a "retiring" educator took up a teaching challenge at the City of Knowledge in Panama.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

Discovery Education Offers New Back-to-School Content and Enhancements

The company has upgraded its Discovery Education streaming service with a variety of new resources, more efficient navigation and a free, three-week series of webinars to help educators explore how to incorporate the digital resources into their instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2011

Cool Links: Teaching to the Common Core Standards

Seen on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest.com: A great article/posting by Greg Limperis—Teaching to the Common Core Standards.
News/Cool Links - Posted 18 Aug 2011

ASCD Releases New Editions of Popular PD Online Courses

The second edition courses feature improved navigation, additional video content, and additional materials for download, including PDF readings and job-embedded resources that support educators as they implement their learning in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2011

Cool Links: 2011 Vision K-20 Survey—Tech Still A Challenge

On his edtechdigest site, Victor Rivero has put up a brief post on SIIA's newly released 2011 Vision K-20 Survey that's worth a look … good synopsis, key findings, etc.
News/Cool Links - Posted 11 Aug 2011

School Improvement Network Releases PD 360 v 5.0

New in PD 360 version 5.0, Common Core 360 will provide a guide for states, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core Standards. It includes Common Core-specific video segments featuring teacher-leader conversations and classroom examples of implementation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2011

Cool Link: Twittered Up Re: Education

Victor Rivero's edtechdigest.com just passed along a link to a great list of influential education and ed tech Twitter Tweeters and their Twitter handles that you should consider following.
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Jul 2011

Edmodo Teacher Profiles Help Educators Connect and Collaborate

New updates enable educators to create public profile pages and connect through mobile devices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2011

CDW-G Releases Second Annual 21st-Century Classroom Report

The report, released during the recent ISTE conference in Philadelphia, seeks to understand how students and faculty want to use technology, measure how classroom technology is evolving and identify opportunities for continued growth.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2011

Cool Links: Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!)

Dave Saltman writes for the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Harvard Education Letter, producing, among other things, some of those popular "list" kinds of articles. The concept can be overdone, but his are great, including "Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!).
News/Cool Links - Posted 21 Jun 2011

SETDA’s 2011 National Trends Report Shows State Leaders Leveraging Technology to Transform Teaching and Learning

The annual report highlights innovative educational technology activities that are playing a crucial role in K-12 school improvement efforts in states and local communities across the country.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jun 2011

Free Resources: Learning.com's One-Day Summer Professional Development Teacher Camps

Teachers will learn, share and have fun in this one-day professional development day, and leave with confidence to create online lessons for the new school year.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 May 2011

ASCD Introduces Four New Courses to PD Online Series

With a flexible, multimedia design and a deep course catalog, the PD Online series supports the needs of almost any type and size of learning group—from individual learners and small professional learning communities to districtwide professional development, and integration into university courses and programs, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2011

Study Island Announces Winners of Project-Based Learning Activities Contest

Four grade-level winners have been selected, with the winning entries to be published in Study Island online products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2011

BELLTONES: Collaboration or Extermination!

The results of November 2010's elections coupled with the ongoing financial woes have brought threats to schools, libraries, and educators according to Mary Ann. What can teachers and librarians do? She's got lots of ideas.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Real Staff Development and … YOU

Too often, says Mary Alice, obvious and necessary training about the basics gets lost in training about "big picture" items such as cloud computing or data mining. So she brings us back to those basics and discusses where media specialists fit in.mary alice anderson
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Playing Around With Technology

Johanna argues for and promotes a more flexible approach to teaching and using digital media through fabulous examples from the students of Ross Wallis, head of creative arts at a school in the U.K.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: We’re Talking Social Media in Education

"As fast as a trending Twitterstorm and as powerful as a flood of Facebook fans, there's a curious phenomenon moving through our schools these days: social media." Read all about the phenomenon … and the tools that comprise it … in Victor's feature.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

Free Resources: The Classroom Economist

From Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy's new INFOdocket blog of fabulous information and education resources: The economic education team of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank has developed a new online resource for teachers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Apr 2011

PBS TeacherLine Expands Online Professional Development Program With Additional Spring and Summer Course Terms

Enrollment is now open for the late spring term beginning on May 11, the early summer term starting June 22, and the late summer term commencing on August 10.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2011

Key Math Strategists Launched to Support Implementation of Common Core State

Key Math Strategists, a new professional development organization from Key Curriculum Press, is designed to help schools make sense of, and gain maximum benefit from, the integration of the Common Core State Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Apr 2011

IMLS-Funded Research Explores How School Librarians Use Digital Content for STEM Learning

Florida State University School of Library & Information Studies is using an IMLS grant to explore how school librarians can make it easier for students and their teachers to use digital content to support STEM learning. The project investigates how librarians are currently using open content STEM resources and develops a tool that allows librarians to easily create catalog records for digital materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Apr 2011

e2020, Inc., Adopts Common Core State Standards

To provide schools and districts with a more comprehensive eLearning program model for students, the e2020 Inc., Common Core Standards alignment process is manually configured, resulting in more accurate and granular results.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2011

Free Resources: Online Professional Development Modules From PBS TeacherLine on Teaching About Climate Change

New on-demand, video-based modules are available that are designed to deepen teacher knowledge of global climate and earth system change, while providing a resource that can also be used with students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Mar 2011

CoSN Launches Access4Ed.net Online Community of Practice Focused on Providing Access to Online Environments in K-12

The online community of practice will first focus on student-owned devices, followed by broadband. Future areas of focus may include cloud computing, mobile computing, enabling home access, wireless access and network design, among many others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2011

CoSN Releases Flexible Mobile Platform Report

The report explores the fundamentals of mobile devices for schools - from their education potential to the pros and cons of student- vs. school-owned devices. It also details four components of mobile learning that factor into technology planning and decision making, and highlights how some school districts are successfully leveraging mobile devices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2011

Lexia, Consortium On Reading Excellence Announce Partnership to Provide Lexia Users with CORE Services

Districts using Lexia's software for essential reading practice, instruction and assessment, will now benefit from CORE's literacy professional development and comprehensive implementation assistance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2011

BELLTONES: Committee of One Gets Things Done

Mary Ann says there can be change even when there is just one person with vision, a message she wants to get out to those who struggle against the odds with efforts to bring 21 st-century skills to their libraries and schools!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Design Concepts for the Next-Gen Media Center

Will media centers as we know them be built 20 years from now? Will trends of classroom and mobile technology make physical space irrelevant? The knowledge gained about new facilities Mary Alice helped plan provides the basis for her forward-thinking ideas this month.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Trust, Credulity, and Search Engines: Is Google Over?

The Google search religion is finally starting to be challenged, according to Stephen. Search engine spam and questionable results run the risk of ruining the usefulness of search engines. It's time to build credulity skills in learners and researchers about what's behind the results they get from these engines.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Out of the Box … Media, Technology, and the Small School Initiative

Johanna reports on how Deborah Hargroves is providing "large school" media services to two separate "small school initiative" schools that could not otherwise afford them.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Thirty-Three Excellent Professional Development Resources for Teachers

The professional development scene for teachers has advanced to the point that the web is a true gift to educators. Here are some excellent online professional development resources to help move you toward a 21 st-century classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning is a subscription service that offers online training and resources to educators and students for software, applications, and 21 st-century productivity skills. Training is delivered via short tutorial movies.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

PD 360

PD 360 is an on-demand (ready for use whenever needed) library of professional teacher development resources that makes professional development more effective, convenient, and sustainable.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Sublime Learning

Sublime Learning services offer training for educators in the effective use of technology as it is woven together with teaching best practices.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Former ResourceShelf Publisher Launches INFOdocket Web Resource and Reference Material Site

Gary Price and colleagues will continue to provide valuable information and education resources through this new site as well as FullTextReports.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2011

The Hybrid Learning Community: A 21st-Century Teaching and Reform Model

Practically all education reform models use some form of learning community, each of which has benefits and drawbacks. But School Loop's Mark Gross writes that it's possible to use technology to create a hybrid learning community virtually that compensates for real-world problems.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

PBS, Grunwald Associates Release Research Report on Teachers' Media Usage

Entitled "Deepening Commitment: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology," the report indicates an insufficient capacity of computing devices and technology infrastructure to handle teachers' internet-dependent instructional activity.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Feb 2011

Cool Links: Federal EdTech Agency Part of Obama Strategy

Victor Rivero reports briefly on the Obama administration's push for a federal edtech agency in a posting on his edtechdigest.com blog.
News/Cool Links - Posted 11 Feb 2011

ITI Cross Links: Streaming Video and Music Developments at Alexander Street Press

Information Today, Inc.'s news bureau chief Paula Hane posted a story January 20 on interesting activities and plans at Alexander Street Video, including acquisition of a distributor of documentary films, plans for an online collection of streaming video developed for teacher training and development, and more.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 21 Jan 2011

Cool Links: Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent

A recent posting on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest blog turned us on to a CoSN report, "Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent."
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Jan 2011

Pearson Launches Pearson Common Core Website

The new website offers states an integrated array of resources for the move to Common Core Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2011

BELLTONES: Happy New Year!

Not satisfied with how her 2010 was going, Mary Ann decided to reboot and upgrade last September to 2010.2—giving her a jump-start on New Year's resolution-making.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: The NEW Media Specialist

This column's new title has prompted Mary Alice to think about the skills that new media specialists need. Here, then, are some attributes and attitudes she believes are essential for the profession at this juncture.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Ten Tactics That Underpin Strategy

Stephen has been to a bunch of large conferences in the past month that were focused on the school library and teacher librarians. At each, he witnessed librarians' passion as it overflowed into real tears, anger, and hand-wringing about the state of staffing, budgets, and resources for libraries. This month, he offers validation and, more important, hints and strategies for moving forward.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: When ‘Birds of a Feather’ Try Their Wings

In the scant time allotted for professional collaboration, teachers naturally tend to nestle into their grade- and discipline-specific niches. But they would benefit from shaking loose every once in a while to walk a mile in others' Keds.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

How Google Works: Are Search Engines Really Dumb and Why Should Educators Care?

Given their popularity with students, knowing more about how search engines such as Google work is vital to understanding information access in a digital age.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

PBS TeacherLine Offers INSPIRE's 'Inspire Elementary Students with Engineering' Course

Enrollment is now open for this new online professional development course developed by INSPIRE at Purdue University to help pre-K-6 teachers improve learning and foster interest in STEM careers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Dec 2010

SIIA, ASCD, and Council of Chief State School Officers Jointly Release 'Innovate to Educate' Report

The findings in the "Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning" report are based upon the insights and recommendations of some 150 visionary education leaders convened at an August 4-6, 2010 Symposium in Boston, Mass.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2010

CoSN Releases Monograph, "The Future of Information Technology: How The Next Ten Years Will Fundamentally Change the Role of the K-12 CTO"

The monograph provides a detailed historical perspective on the role chief technology officers (CTOs) have played in the past, and forward-looking insight into how that role is expected to evolve over the next decade.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2010

BELLTONES: What About Our Digital-Divide Have-Nots?

Why shouldn't kids have a chance at school to look up information to satisfy their own curiosity or to explore a hobby or a personal interest, especially if they don't have internet access at home? In many schools, figures Mary Ann, strict rules, tight filters, and overly zealous teachers prevent students from using computers to find anything not strictly tied to a specific class assignment. To that mentality, she raises a virtual fist and sends up a virtual shout … hogwash!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: What’s It Like to Teach an Online Class?

As her bio notes indicate, Mary Alice is an online adjunct instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and she's well versed in the ways of teaching online. Since online education is growing in importance, whether for higher education, professional development, or for K-12 settings, Mary Alice offers the benefits of hers and many of her online colleagues' experience in this realm for this month's Media Center column.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Checking Out the iPad: A Pilot Project Tests the Hot New Tech Tool

Just carry an iPad into a restaurant or a school library and see how much attention you get! It's a device everyone wants to get their hands on, touch, and play with. But just what are its strengths and weaknesses as a teaching and learning tool in schools? That's what author Carolyn Foote and her colleagues wanted to find out in their district. Read on to learn about their ongoing iPad pilot project at Foote's high school research center as they examine whether the devices are helpful in a school and/or library environment.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: P-Books vs. Ebooks: Are There Education Issues?

In other columns this year, Stephen has explored the nature of the ebook in school libraries. But, he notes, he hasn't actually discussed the pros and cons of the print and electronic formats for books in general, nor focused on the classroom as opposed to the out-of-classroom library use of books. So that's what he covers in this issue, starting with a simple list of pros and cons.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Teachscape Launches Teachscape Reflect for Professional Development

Teachscape Reflect combines state-of-the-art 360-degree video capture hardware and online software to provide teachers with a panoramic view of their classroom that helps them reflect on their teaching, share instructional practices, and receive timely coaching support.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2010

Shmoop Introduces Site Licenses for Schools, Districts and Public Libraries

Shmoop Site Licenses allow schools and libraries to give all of their students, teachers, and patrons complimentary access to Shmoop's subscription products anywhere they have web access.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010

Thinkspiration, the Inspiration Software Blog, Launched

The new forum for dialogue about education is written by Inspiration co-founder and president Mona Westhaver.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2010

CoSN Releases Suite of Online Resources to Strengthen Web 2.0 Leadership Among K-12 Administrators

Participatory Culture: Building Blocks for School Leaders is designed for use by superintendents, principals, chief technology/information officers (CTOs/CIOs), technology directors and curriculum directors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Sep 2010

WeAreTeachers, Follett Software Company Partner for New Microgrant Opportunity

Educators are asked to answer the question "What would $200 help you do with your school's library?" The deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 11.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Sep 2010

Research Released on “School Principals and Social Networking in Education: Practices, Policies, and Realities in 2010”

The goal of this research study was to take a close look at the attitudes of school principals about social networking for their own personal use, with their colleagues, and within their school communities. Principals can play an important role in encouraging and training their teachers and staff to adopt new technologies, and in setting policies for the use of technology and the Internet in schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2010

Pearson Debuts Newly Enhanced Website for National Evaluation Series Educator Certification Testing Program

At NEStest.com, teacher licensure candidates and faculty members will find complete testing information, candidate preparation materials, and college and university faculty preparation resources for the contemporary, 100 percent computer-based testing program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2010

BELLTONES: Who Knows What About Technology?

Since the new year and the new decade of 2010 was ushered in with the usual hoopla in January, Belltones columnist Mary Ann Bell began to wonder how educators are faring when it comes to using technology. She has conducted a number of surveys online on the subject. This month, she shares the results for administrators, compares them with teachers' answers, and offer her thoughts about the similarities and differences.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Teachscape Launches iPad Application for its ‘Classroom Walkthrough’ Users

Teachscape Instruction | Mobile version 1.4, optimized for the iPad, further expands the number of devices that educators can use to collect data during their classroom visits.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2010

THE MEDIA CENTER: Your Circle of Influence

School maintenance staff along with school secretaries always appear on lists of the key people a media specialist must get to know at the start of a career. Who else do you work with and depend on as you build successful media programs? Who else depends on you? Who else can we potentially add to what Gary Hartzell calls our "Power/Dependency Map"? In this month's column, Mary Alice walks you through an exercise to help you explore this issue.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Getting Everyone Up-to-Speed

In this month's column, Stephen shows you some great initiatives, lead by librarians and educators, that attempt to help bring everyone up-to-date and up-to-speed on the latest in learning technologies and even create learning experiences for these technologies and concepts. What he finds exciting about these efforts, he notes, is that they're not just for librarians. They can be used by teachers of any stripe, subject, or experience level, as well as by administrators such as principals and superintendents.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: 21st Century Learning in 2010--A Global Imperative

In this article, Victor Rivero draws on educators' and educational technology product developers' thinking that he picked up during a visit to this summer's ISTE conference. Victor cruised the show, talking with attendees and presenters, as well as with representatives from organizations such as the Partnership for 21st-Century Skills and The Software & Information Industry Association, to get their opinions on 21st century education.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Four Competencies for a 21st-Century Education and How to Implement Them

In this article, well-known educator and administrator Dr. Rudy Crew, former chief of the New York City school system and former superintendent of the Miami-Dade County school system, explains his four competencies for a 21st century education as well as why addressing them will help every student graduate high school fully equipped to face a world that will demand the highest level of skill and experience as a well-rounded individual.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Fifth Annual Streamathon and Fall 2010 Virtual Conference

Focusing on how to integrate digital content and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction, these free, virtual events offer educators of all skill levels insight into best practices and new techniques that participants can immediately apply to their classroom instruction to improve student academic achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Aug 2010

FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

For August 15, 2010: Search for exemplary lessons and information by topic or keyword at the free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence website.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Aug 2010 By

CompassLearning Introduces Impact Teacher Academy

Based on a partnership between CompassLearning, district and school leadership, and teachers, Impact Teacher Academy is a research-based process that builds teacher capacity and enforces accountability of program implementation. Flexible delivery models — on-site, virtual, and blended — give educators and administrators options suited to their district and school requirements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2010

CoSN Releases Part 2 of The 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition Toolkit

Discussion Activities found in Part 2 are designed to facilitate a dialogue among educators, policymakers and other stakeholders on school and district needs and challenges and whether emerging technologies have a role to play to meeting those needs and achieving educational goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2010

Free Resources: CSLA's Updated Suite of 2.0 Tutorials

The California School Library Association (CSLA) 2.0 team is has announced - just in time for lesson planning for next year - the newest update in its suite of 2.0 tutorials.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Aug 2010

Archipelago Learning Announces Common Core State Standards Update for Study Island

Professional development plus instructional and assessment materials are intended to help teachers adjust classroom practices and prepare students for transition to the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jul 2010

PBS TeacherLine Converts to Moodle to Support Schools in Customizing Online Course Content

The conversion provides schools with more flexibility in licensing, customizing and delivering PBS TeacherLine's online professional development courses to their teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jul 2010

The Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program

Susan Finley reviews the Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program, which provides online training and resources teachers can use to communicate with students about bullying and violence-related issues.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

BELLTONES: What Teachers Know (and Don’t Know) About Technology—And Does Anybody Know They Don’t Know?

Having written a column several issues back entitled "What Kids Know (and Don't Know) About Technology," Mary Ann has now been inspired to address the same subject and questions to teachers and then also to administrators. So this is what she'll be covering in this month's column and the one to follow.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Through the Computer Screen--On the Other Side of the Webinar

Like most educators, Johann has logged in to her fair share of webinars. These seminars, conducted through the internet, have some distinct advantages over the traditional, face-to-face group meetings. But they're "different," so Johanna has used this month's Tech Effect column to talk about how you, as a webinar instructor or presenter, can make them work well.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Ebooks Part 2--Trends and Standards

Last time, Stephen wrote about some of the issues facing us in the transition to a new and much more complicated ebook ecology, exploring our understanding of ebooks and how they differ from traditional books. In Part 2, he looks at emerging standards, legal issues, and what's in the pipeline for ebook devices, plus strategies for school libraries and their learners.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers—Part 2

Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the May/June issue, looked at a range of safety and security issues affecting educators as we all strive to attain the vision enunciated at the beginning of that feature. Part 2 addresses universal digital media safety and literacy education as well as targeted youth risk online prevention.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

netTrekker Adds New Features to Search Tool

The company has rolled out 'netTrekker Search,' plus plans for teacher and student productivity tools to support project-based learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2010

Information Today Publishes Everyone Plays at the Library

In Everyone Plays at the Library: Creating Great Gaming Experiences for All Ages, Scott Nicholson—educator, librarian, game designer, host of the "Board Games with Scott" video series, and founder of the Library Game Lab of Syracuse—shows how gaming programs can be successfully implemented in school, academic, and public libraries, covering all types of games for all age groups.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2010

CTB/McGraw-Hill Releases Acuity PhD Professional Development Library

Developed by educators, for educators, Acuity PhD is an collection of online professional development courses for teachers, assessment coordinators, and administrators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2010

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Partners on Measures of Effective Teaching Project

Measures of Effective Teaching is a national effort to help educators and policymakers identify and support good teaching. As part of its involvement, NBPTS will utilize its National Board Standards and assessment processes to confidentially evaluate videos of classroom instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jun 2010

Epson, Discovery Education Partner on Interactive Learning Courses

Discovery Education experts will provide interactive learning professional development courses using the Epson BrightLink 450Wi interactive projector.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jun 2010

IMLS Launches National Campaign to Promote 21st Century Skills and Community Engagement

The national campaign, Making the Learning Connection, is intended to help communities assess their needs and contribute to a shared vision for 21st century learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2010

The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Publishes Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World

The downloadable ebook by cybersafety authority Nancy Willard focuses on three critical issues for schools: creating change in technology adoption; effective internet use management; and Web 2.0 in schools—legal issues.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2010

SIIA Releases Trends Report on K-12 and Postsecondary Education Technology

Authored by various members of the education industry, the report highlights industry shifts and emerging trends as they relate to five main topics: K-12 learning management systems, postsecondary learning management systems, online learning, state of the states, and mobile computing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jun 2010

21st Century Learning Commons

For May 15, 2010: Want to brush up on Web 2.0 technology tools, gather ideas to use in your classroom, or add some professional development to your portfolio? Visit INFOhio's 21st Century Learning Commons.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 May 2010 By

BELLTONES: Who Cares What Everybody Else Thinks? I Do!

For the last several years, Mary Ann has enjoyed using many online tools designed specifically for the purpose of conducting surveys. These are great for professional use by librarians and teachers. She started, she says, with SurveyMonkey and really took off with it. In this month's Belltones, Mary Ann discusses a selection of survey tools, and examines ways educators and students can use them.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Weeding, From Alphabet Books to Zip Drives

If you have been diligently weeding your media center, there may not be books full of dust bunnies or obsolete technology around. But for many media specialists, weeding is a continuing need and a frequent topic of inquiry in discussion groups such as LM_NET. In Mary Alice's state group, there are often questions about what to do with specific items such as VHS tapes or offers to sell AV equipment or materials. Get your garbage cans ready as she examine the task of weeding in this month's Media Center column.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Subscription Websites

Subscription web services for education offer a fascinating variety of products and approaches for teachers, parents, students, and school systems. Some services provide grade book and student information systems, others offer assessment and learning management platforms, and some feature classroom resources including lesson plans, videos, digital tools, activities, and games. This article takes a look at a representative sampling of subscription-based websites that are appropriate for use in K-12 classrooms.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers—Part 1

It's clear that concerns about internet risk and the ineffective way in which schools are now trying to manage internet use are a major barrier to moving schools forward to embrace 21st-century learning environments. Nancy Willard says it's time for schools to address these issues in a more comprehensive manner. In this two-part article (Part 2 will appear in the next issue), she outlines how cyber-savvy schools can embrace the future.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

Online Training Videos for Inspiration 9 Now Available

More than 70 video tutorials can help teachers and students learn how to use the visual learning software's capabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Apr 2010

Association of Educational Publishers and edWeb.net Seek Videos to Share with AEP Conference Attendees

The "Teacher Video Challenge: Classrooms in the Digital Age" asks educators to submit videos featuring their thoughts and opinions on digital resources and classroom technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Apr 2010

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Partnership with PBS TeacherLine

PBS TeacherLine and NBPTS are offering a six-week online training course for educators who provide support to teachers pursuing National Board Certification.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2010

H.W. Wilson Offers Free Access to CAREERS Database for National Library Week

New in H.W. Wilson's Current Issues database series, Careers offers a wide array of information on diverse careers in a single vetted source, in articles selected by H.W. Wilson editors from thousands of magazines and journals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Apr 2010

Chautauqua Institution Launches Web-Based Learning Experience

For 2010, beginning on April 7, the In Depth web-based program will explore the Institution's Week Six (August 2-6) theme, "Excellence in Public Education."
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2010

Cool Links: Circulate This--Stories from the School Library

The California School Library Association has released an audio journal, "Circulate This: Stories from the School Library," which is packed with powerful stories about school libraries.
News/Cool Links - Posted 06 Apr 2010

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Spring Virtual Conference

The free professional development event on April 24th will focus on integrating educational technologies into classroom instruction.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Mar 2010

Free Resources: Teachscape’s ‘TEACHER AS HERO’ Program for Motivating Educators

To help educators rejuvenate their passion for teaching, Teachscape's higher education division is offering free face-to-face events to learn what quality traits make a teacher a hero to students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Mar 2010

Teachscape Launches Teachscape Instruction | Desktop

Expanded the number of devices usable for collecting classroom walkthrough (CWT) data, the application allows users to gather instruction data through classroom walkthroughs on a netbook, laptop, or tablet PC, with or without an internet connection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2010

Math Solutions Launches ePD – Online Professional Development Provided by Experts in Math Instruction

The web-based resource is intended to greatly increase access to affordable, job-embedded support in the teaching and learning of math.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2010

BELLTONES: Do You See What I See?

Every now and then, Mary Ann is seized by an idea or topic that really takes hold of her, piques her interest, and engenders new enthusiasm for learning and exploring. This year's big idea has been data visualization. She has discovered that she had been a fan of various presentations of data visualization without being aware of the term. Read and "see" what she's got to say about it in this month's Belltones.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Be Your Own Coach

Mary Alice is often asked, "Have you ever been a coach? You always stay so positive and have upbeat suggestions." No, she, says, she hasn't; nor is she immune to negative thoughts. But challenges notwithstanding, media specialists have "pretty darn good jogs," and so this month she offers a few ideas to encourage positive thinking in the face of those challenges.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

Capstone Launches Professional Development for Educators

Presented by a cadre of nationally known speakers with more than 20 years of product experience, Capstone's professional development program incorporates best practices with research-based products on a range of dynamic topics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2010

Empowering Students for Life: Research Skills in the Age of Testing

In this age of easy access to Google, standardized testing, and AP curriculums, why should we teach research skills? Don't students "know everything" about research and the web? Hardly! Carolyn Foote has a lot to say about this, and even more about why teaching research skills counts for even more today than in the past. What we're striving for, she says, is student empowerment.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: 21 Things--Kinder, Gentler Tips for Effective Technology Infusion

Most of today's teachers are comfortable with the notion of technology inclusion. On nearly every campus today, you will see students using online or software programs to supplement and extend learning. Infusion is another paradigm altogether, one that emphasizes technology as an essential partner—and many times, as the creative element—in traditional learning. Technology applications become one of many parts that contribute to the everyday education of students. Learning remains curriculum-based, but those tech apps—research, digital storytelling, websites—are now embedded into the disciplines.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Why Do People Read?

After reading an interesting Library Journal piece by Tom Peters entitled "The Future of Reading: As the Book Changes Form, the Library Must Champion Its Own Power Base—Readers," Stephen Abram is moved to ask, Is reading in jeopardy? Personally and professionally, he says, he really doubts it, but …
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Technology-Based Professional Development

With online learning growing by a rate of 30% over the past few years, according to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, once-lonely and isolated education professionals are now taking advantage of tech-based tools and platforms and connecting like never before. From self-paced courses, product training, instructional seminars, and real-time information resources to video segments and streaming content, educators have plenty of ways to hone up on just about anything.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

Educational Networking: The Role of Web 2.0 in Education

The advent of the internet and Web 2.0 has significantly changed our relationship to information and personal learning opportunities outside of formal education, notes author Steve Hargadon. The technology that took this amazing change and multiplied it tenfold is an underlying theme of Hargadon's article, which ranges across social networking, Web 2.0, the emergence of educational networking, and what he sees as the first real area of significant adoption for educational networking: professional development for educators.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

Pearson’s Distributed Scoring Program to Mark "100 Million Scores" Milestone in 2010

Distributed scoring uses online services to break down physical barriers historically associated with scoring large-scale assessments, enabling experienced scorers to effectively score assessments from home.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2010

Free Resources: Teachscape's ‘Module of the Month Club’ Professional Development Content

Each month registered Module of the Month Club members will have unlimited access to one selected module from the Teachscape XL library.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Feb 2010

netTrekker Launches "Personalized Learning in Action" Video Contest

The competition gives educators an opportunity to win one of two $1,500 scholarships to attend this year's ISTE 2010 conference in Denver in June.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2010

netTrekker and NSTA Partner to Offer Professional Development Resources to Improve K-12 Science Teaching

Through the partnership, schools and districts can purchase a package of professional development resources from the NSTA Learning Center along with their netTrekker subscription.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2010

PBS Seeks Entries for PBS Teachers Innovation Awards

PreK-12 educators can enter the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards program through March 12 for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes trip to the premier annual PBS event and other prizes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010

SIIA, JDL Horizons Launch the Vision K-20 Video Portal

The platform will enable easy sharing of educator-generated success stories on technology use in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jan 2010

AASL Votes to Adopt the Professional Title 'School Librarian'

The AASL Affiliate Assembly requested that the AASL Board of Directors choose a title for its professionals that is clear to other educators, administrators, and the public, and that presents a common nomenclature for all publications and advocacy efforts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2010

BELLTONES: What Kids Know (and Don’t Know) About Technology

People say it all the time: If you want to keep up in today's fast-moving world of technology, keep a kid around. In other words, just ask a Digital Native—someone who has grown up with computers and the internet. Well, Mary Ann believes that we can absolutely learn from our students, children, and even grandchildren. At the same time, though, she believes that adults need to be careful not to attribute more expertise and understanding to youngsters than is justified.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: The Power of Primary Sources, Part 2--Build Your Own Professional Development

In her last Media Center column (November/December 2009), Mary Alice examined the power of primary sources and shared ideas for using them to enhance student learning. This month, she discusses how educators can learn how to add power to their teaching by using Teaching With Primary Sources Direct, or TPS Direct, a powerful, high-quality, free online professional development tool from the Library of Congress.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: What You Aren’t Seeing Anymore--Has Technology Changed Our Learners’ Futures Forever?

We seem to be moving inexorably toward an infinitely more complex world where specialization is necessary because there's not enough time to be good at so many things. We're also seeing the demise of many jobs that had low barriers to entry. That is, they did not require too much education or experience. Our children are faced with fewer low-skill jobs and the need for higher levels of skill to be assured of a working wage that can support an individual or family at a standard of living better than or similar to that of their parents. Scary for parents and educators? Read Stephen Abram's thoughts!
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

Free Resources: Discovery Education SCIcon 2010 Science-Focused Professional Development Event

Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, Discovery Educator Network SCIcon 2010 is designed to help participants transform science instruction with digital media and to improve student achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Dec 2009

PBS TeacherLine Partners With Universities to Offer Graduate Credit for Online Professional Development

Central Michigan University, Northwest Nazarene University, and Madonna University are the latest of 28 higher education institutions to offer teachers graduate credit for PBS TeacherLine's courses.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2009

Renaissance Learning, JBHM Education Group Announce SetPoint Consortium

The consortium is designed to offer a research-based approach for transforming chronically struggling schools into successful learning environments without requiring mass dismissals of staff, school closures or turnover to charters or outside management organizations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases State Implementation Guides

The guides offer best practices on building standards, assessments, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2009

PBS TeacherLine Winter Course Term Opens for Enrollment

More than 130 online courses for teachers in science, math, reading and language arts, instructional technology, and instructional strategies start Jan. 27, 2010.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2009

Math Solutions Announces Multimedia Professional Learning Resource, Supporting English Language Learners in Math Class

The new resource is designed to help schools struggling to meet the challenge of simultaneously improving students’ mastery of mathematics and advancing their academic language development.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases MILE Guide

The Milestones for Improving Learning and Education Guide is a tool designed to help practitioners evaluate their 21st Century skills initiatives.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Nov 2009

PBS TeacherLine Partners With NASA to Develop Professional Development Resources on Global Climate Change

PBS TeacherLine has received nearly $600,000 in grant funding from NASA to create online courses and free professional development resources for "Teaching Climate Change"
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2009

netTrekker, CyberSmart! Announce Partnership

The new partnership combines netTrekker's digital resources with CyberSmart! Online Workshops to support 21st century teaching and learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2009

BELLTONES: This I Know Is True

How does one keep up as the tools and resources for educators. Mary Ann offers both her own advice and that of a former students of her in this helpful edition of Belltones.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Samsula Academy: Old School, New Tricks

Samsula School has been a successful institution since its inception in 1912, in no small part due to the commitment and involvement of the Samsula, Fla., community. But the school community had to think on its feet in February 2008 when the public school district announced its intention to close the doors of the small, rural campus, along with those of several other rural and minority schools across the county. Johanna Riddle recounts how that thinking led to action … and the hammering out of an alliance with a successful charter school that kept Samsula's doors open.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

The K–12 Online Evolution: 21st-Century Solutions for 21st-Century Learning

An increasing number of K-12 academic institutions are going online, changing the way they teach in response to how today's students today want to learn. Industry organizations such as the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) believe online learning is revolutionizing global education, and those academic institutions with strong elearning strategies will advance to help prepare students to reach their full potential in a digital age. Today's students want more options when it comes to education, and online learning is providing new opportunities for universal access to the best possible education for all students, regardless of ability, background, income level, or geography.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Free Resources: PBS Teachers/Classroom 2.0 Webinar 'Helping Kids Understand Viruses and Vaccinations with Sid the Science Kid'

The November 17, 2009 webinar focuses on resources and strategies to help students understand how germs, viruses, and vaccinations work.
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Oct 2009

Moodlerooms Partners With Cisco Entrepreneur Institute

The collaboration has resulted in the first integration of Moodle and Cisco WebEx Training Center, a live or on demand web conferencing and training platform that engages learners with interactive, media-rich online instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Oct 2009

Center for Technology and Teacher Education

For October 15, 2009: Teaching students how to think mathematically through hands-on technology is one of the goals at the Center for Technology and Teacher Education.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Oct 2009 By

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Re-launched 'New Teacher Survival Central'

Offering tips, tools, and suggestions for easing into the teaching field, New Teacher Survival Central provides educators with essentials such as classroom management techniques, ideas for connecting classroom activities to the curriculum, lesson plans, peer-networking resources, and tools to create engaging learning centers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Oct 2009

Cool Links: Wolfram|Alpha Officially Announces New Web Site for Educators and Students

There's been a lot happening with Wolfram|Alpha since we linked you to an Information Today, Inc. NewsBreak on its arrival last May. Most recently, we noted—and are herewith passing on to you—an excellent posting at ResourceShelf on moves at Wolfram|Alpha on behalf of educators and students, including plans for an October 21 Homework Day Webcast.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Oct 2009

New ISTE Book Shows Educators How to Harness the Power of Podcasting

“Student-Powered Podcasting: Teaching for 21st-Century Literacy” defines what podcasts are and explains why they are important to students. The book leads Mac and PC users through tutorials on the audio editing programs GarageBand and Audacity, taking them through an entire project from start to finish.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2009

ISTE Book Highlights Importance of Integrating Global Education in the Classroom

Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students is written to provide educators with the tools they need to help students gain a more global perspective and to prepare them for an increasingly interconnected world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2009

Free Resources: Two Discovery Education Virtual Professional Development Events

Focusing on how to incorporate digital content and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction, the Fourth Annual streamathon and the Fall 2009 Virtual Conference showcase best practices and highlight new techniques attendees can apply to their classroom lessons to improve student achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 Sep 2009

Elluminate Announces Accredited Online Teacher Certification Program

Designed for both individuals and academic organizations, the Elluminate Teacher Certification Program is available to anyone as a public or private course, online or onsite. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees earn two academic or continuing education credits.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2009

THE MEDIA CENTER: The Changing Face of Reference

There is no better way to enhance your knowledge of a topic than to teach it and engage in discussion with a diverse group of graduate students representing various age groups and professional experiences including practicing media specialists, classroom teachers, and paraprofessionals. This column reflects Mary Alice's recent experience teaching an online reference course for Minnesota State University–Mankato and discussions with other media professionals.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

BELLTONES: Playing Tag Is Good for You!

As a kid, Mary Ann used to collect insects, setting the critters into their respective boxes and tagging them by laboriously printing information on little slips of paper. Apparently the process of classifying appealed to her deeply, and ultimately lead to … what else? … this month's discussion of tags, folksonomies, and tagging as a participatory sport and useful intellectual activity.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

A LOOK AT... Digital Photography in School

Looking at the world around us, it seems clear that digital photography and video are here to stay—and they should be used in K–12 education. Equipment prices have dropped significantly; cameras and other digital devices can be placed in students’ hands without concern. In this article, Charlie Doe takes a look at some of the possibilities for the classroom and media center.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Free Resources: PBS Teachers Fall/Winter Webinars

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 host a series of free webinars for educators on digital media and technology in education. The new fall line up of PBS Teachers LIVE! webinars includes topics on science, digital storytelling, geography, social studies, education in the digital age, and online professional development and teaching resources.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Aug 2009

Discovery Education Enhances Curricular Resources and Integration Tools

The upgrades and enhancements offer educators improved search capabilities, as well as expanded student access and new interactive games and tutorials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2009

Teachscape Expands Teachscape XL Professional Learning Platform

The platform now includes curriculum mapping to the core concepts and critical skills found in standards, varied student assessments that provide timely data for teachers, Classroom Walkthroughs for measuring instructional practices against modern research, and a host of online learning modules for driving classroom instructional practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2009

ePals Partners With Columbia-Based Foundation to Expand Spanish Language Focus of the ePals Community

The strategic partnership with the Gabriel Piedrahita-Uribe Foundation, based in Cali, Colombia, is designed to bring high quality learning resources, safe communication tools, and collaborative experiences to Spanish-speaking educators and their students around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2009

Libraries for a Postliterate Society

Any number of recent studies are concluding that reading is declining, primarily the reading of novels and longer works of nonfiction. Pundits are remarking that online reading is changing their personal reading behaviors. Doug Johnson infers from this and other observations that we are rapidly becoming a "postliterate society." In Doug's feature, you can find out just what he means by that, and learn how libraries can serve this postliterate society.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: The Collaborator

Collaboration is certainly the way that today's learners prefer to work. Technology-savvy students are creating a demand for learning and communicating collaboratively at school, just as they do at home. This trend is not only creating a new kind of learner but a new kind of educator as well—one who specializes in developing and sustaining a nexus for cooperative learning and who has the skills, knowledge, and contacts to connect students with resources. Enter Roxana Hadad—"The Collaborator."
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Future of School Libraries--Can School Boards Get On Board?

In this month’s column Stephen highlights some thinking in his home province of Ontario. He is encouraged, he says, that some of the political leaders in the educational sector are trying to move beyond testing and actually into practicing 21st-century strategies. At the end of April 2009 the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) released a discussion paper titled “What If? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom”
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

Online Professional Development 2009 [Available Full-Text, Free]

According to experts Joellen Killion and Cheryl Williams, in order to reflect the current research, to change teaching practice, and to increase student achievement, professional development must be ongoing, job-embedded, relevant to the teacher’s instructional needs, and collaborative in nature. The advent of quality online professional learning combined with in-person, peer-based professional learning communities has enabled this approach to professional development to have the greatest success for increasing teaching quality and student learning. Read on to learn more of Killion's and Williams’ assessment of the PD scene.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

Teacher Leaders Develop Professional Learning Network With New Version of PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection

PBS TeacherLine has enhanced its online suite of professional development resources and tools that help teacher leaders, coaches, and mentors provide sustained, collaborative support to peers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jun 2009

Cool Links: New Features on Google Books

The postings on the Inside Google Book Search blog, usually by folks from the Google Books Online team, are thoughtful, sometimes provocative, often featuring multiple media, and, of course, full of news about new features brought online at Google Books. They're very busy folks, so it's worth keeping up with them.
News/Cool Links - Posted 18 Jun 2009

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools West 2009 Conference Advance Program Now Available

The October 2009 program will share Internet pioneer and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf as keynote speaker with the concurrent and co-located Internet Librarian conference, and will feature sessions like Trying Not to Filter: Internet Filtering Technologies Update, Gaming in the Library: The Hows and Whys, Expanding the Concept of Library … and more!
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2009

Knowledge Delivery Systems Announces New Online Courses for K-12 Educators

The new self-paced online courses are designed for K-12 educators and can be applied for continuing education, salary advancement recertification, and graduate credit programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jun 2009

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills Hosts Interactive, Live Cyber Summit for Education Stakeholders

The summit, which will take place solely online, affords education, policy, civic, community, and business leaders the opportunity to interact with one another and discuss important education reform initiatives. The Cyber Summit leads up to the National Education Summit on 21st Century Skills, which will take place on June 12 in Washington, D.C.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2009

BELLTONES: Look Before You Leap

There is a dirty little secret out there in school land, and it involves money and time wasted due to poor purchasing. Far too often, supplies, equipment, software, books, consumables, and other materials are bought (frequently in bulk), but they turn out to be huge disappointments that see little or no use. Enter Mary Ann Bell, with "one of those ‘do as I say, not as I do' missives," to advise you and address this situation.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Get Your Special Education Brain in Gear

Special needs students—those with physical, behavioral, cognitive, and learning disabilities—represent a diverse range of learners. Because of the nature of the job, media specialists must provide resources that meet their needs. There are many ways you can do this, making connections to a broad range of learning needs and working with a broad range of teachers, and in this month’s Media Center column, Mary Alice gives you some guidance.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Using Games and Simulations in the Classroom

A new, free white paper—"Best Practices for Using Games & Simulations in the Classroom"—that tackles the practical challenges teachers face when they use video games was released this past February by the Software & Information Industry Association's Education Division. In this article, Lee Wilson, the author of the paper and the co-chair of the working group that produced it, summarizes, excerpts from, and describes the main points of the report.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Tricks for Kids and Information Literacy

When he read the recent New York Times article “In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update,” featuring strategies of New York City school librarian Stephanie Rosalia, Stephen was moved this month to list a number of tricky web sites like the one that she uses to teach her kids information evaluation skills. Check out his list. It’ll make you laugh, or cry, or laugh ‘til you cry … but the sites comprise an eminently useful educational tool.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Partnering With the Public Library on Web 2.0 Tools for Student Research

Today, Web 2.0 tools make collaboration easier than ever, and your public librarian is there to help you navigate through them. While public libraries have many focuses, resources for children and teenagers are a mainstay of their programs and materials. These librarians work with the same students you do, just after school—helping with homework, research papers, and math problems, as well as finding the perfect novel for a historical fiction assignment. Why not work together during the school day? This collaboration can help you assist students to understand the Web 2.0 tools that can make research fun and invigorating, and it gives you a chance to share the workload.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Free Resources: Making Civics Real—A Workshop for Teachers

From a recent Scout Report: "Civics can be a dreaded word for some students, but things just got a bit more interesting with this rather thoughtful and interesting video workshop created by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education."
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Apr 2009

World Book Introduces "How to Do Research" Resource for Educators and Students

"How to Do Research" offers online tutorials to better equip both students and educators with 21st century information literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2009

ISTE Announces Publication of Making Technology Standards Work for You Second Edition

The updated ISTE book for administrators shows how to leverage technology to improve student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2009

Free Resources: Thinkfinity Literacy Network

From the University of Wisconsin College of Letters and Sciences Internet Scout Project's April 10, 2009 Scout Report comes a tip about this great resource for language arts and literacy educators.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Apr 2009

Information Today, Inc. Announces Publication of Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Pubic Libraries

The new book helps school and public libraries connect, partner, and share resources to improve and expand services even during times of fiscal restraint.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2009

New ISTE Book Explores Videoconferencing in the Classroom

Interactive Videoconferencing focuses on integrating videoconferencing with teachers' standards-based lessons to enhance learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2009

The Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) to Offer Online Professional Learning Resources in Partnership with Teachscape

Through the partnership, CORE will be able to deliver a 24/7 professional development program for literacy and math educators that will provide curriculum support to maximize student achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Mar 2009

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection

Charles Doe reviews PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection, a web-based instructional and professional development resource.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

BELLTONES: Anti-Filtering Snapping Turtle Answers Fearmongers and Naysayers

Mary Ann is still on the warpath! Her purpose in this article is to enumerate some of the most common “reasons” that are used to support the overly restrictive filtering that is prevalent in all too many schools and districts. “I put the word reasons in quotations because it is my opinion that, very frequently, these are excuses rather than reasons,” she notes. Here are some arguments, and her responses.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail

We’ve all got too much email. Mary Alice Anderson notes she has four accounts: one for her district job, one personal, and two for online teaching work at two universities. Without careful management, we can find ourselves confused and spending too much time sorting it all out. What’s a busy educator to do? Well, start by reading Mary Alice's tips, along with a few illustrative anecdotes, in this month's column.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

AASL Launches New Web Site

New features of the web site include two new sections – Standards & Guidelines and Research & Statistics – that hold AASL's most sought-after tools, “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” and results from the School Libraries Count! longitudinal study.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Feb 2009

Cool Links: In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update

The school library world is abuzz about an article that appeared in the New York Times on Presidents Day that touts and clearly illustrates the importance of the new role school library media specialists are playing today.
News/Cool Links - Posted 16 Feb 2009

Best Practices Videos from The School Improvement Network Added to PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection for Coaches and Mentors

Through new partnership with The School Improvement Network, PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection will soon feature content from PD 360 and The Video Journal of Education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 2009

New Time-Saving Features Debut on Discovery Education streaming

Upgrades to Discovery Education streaming give educators faster access to digital content, integration tools and professional development.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2009

Turning Technologies Unveils New K-12 Programs and Services

The student response provider rolls out comprehensive consulting services and expanded professional development programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2009

Award-winning Authors Guest Blog on TeachingBooks.net

Authors and new Web 2.0 tools are adding interactivity to the literature-based online resources of TeachingBooks.net.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Feb 2009

FETC News: PBS Teachers Live! Webinar Series Offers Ideas on Using Digital Media to Enhance Student Learning in Core Subjects

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 host free monthly webinars that feature education experts, authors, and PBS producers discussing curriculum topics and technology integration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2009

Inspiration Software’s Free Webcasts

Inspiration Software offers a free Webcast on Jan. 29 titled “Using Visual Learning Techniques to Improve Academic Performance with Inspiration.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Jan 2009

CoSN Webcast: How Technology Transforms Learning

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers the fourth installment in its 2008-2009 Internet & Education Webcast series with “Long Tail Learners: How Technology Transforms Learning” on Jan. 21, 1-2 p.m., Eastern Time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2009

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools East 2009 Conference Advance Program Now Available

The March 2009 program will share Lee Rainie as keynote speaker with the concurrent and co-located Computers in Libraries conference, and will feature Johanna Riddle, Sheila Gersh, Art Wolinsky, and a host of other speakers. The Advance Program is now available online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009

THE PIPELINE: Talking Tech With Leaders: Getting Buy-In and Understanding

How well are you faring with getting your technology agenda endorsed and funded by your management team or district? Is everything going swimmingly? No one is trying to block useful applications such as YouTube or blogging? Your filters aren’t obstructing useful teaching technologies? … From his conversations with many K–12 folks, Stephen Abram believes that this is the management challenge of our times. And so he devotes this month’s column to tactics and strategies for talking about tech with management—those key stakeholders, such as principals, board members, trustees, administrators, and even parents.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Just ASK Joins PBS TeacherLine

Professional development content from Just ASK Publications & Professional Development will be incorporated into PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2008

dana boyd to Keynote AASL National Conference

danah boyd, an internationally recognized authority on online social networking sites, will open the American Association of School Librarians 14th annual national conference and exhibition with a keynote presentation on Nov. 5, 2009 in Charlotte, NC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2008

The 2008-2009 Inspired Visual Learning Awards

The 2008-2009 Inspiration Software Inspired Visual Learning Awards program will recognize 15 educators and their students for creatively using visual learning in their classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2008

Blackboard, Project Tomorrow Publish Report Profiling Views of 'Visionary Administrators'

The report, Leadership in the 21st Century: The New Visionary Administrator, contains profiles of nine education leaders representing four school districts and three schools to highlight their success in leveraging technology in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2008

CoSN Launches “Green” Initiative

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launched a Green Computing Leadership Initiative designed to help schools identify ways to reduce waste, save energy and promote sustainability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Nov 2008

BELLTONES: Everybody Else Is Doing It!

In her previous column Mary Ann Bell protested loudly, "I'm Mad and I Am Not Gonna Take It Any More!" regarding overly restrictive internet filters. In this column, she shares some tactics for gaining access, starting here with the bandwagon ploy: "Everybody else is doing it!" After all, decision makers need to know that many educators are moving ahead with Web 2.0 sites.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Solving the Technology Funding Challenge—Making a Fresh Start

Like that of many others, the condition of the technology in Mary Alice Anderson's district has declined to the point of continuing frustration. The need for change was obvious. Even this longtime Mac user and champion knew they had to do something … And so they did. In this column, Mary Alice shares her district's success story in the hopes that she can help media and technology specialists in similar situations remain … well … a little less discouraged.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Focus Groups With Young Learners: What Are They Really Doing?

Much behavior in the teacher-librarian/media specialist community is too often driven by opinion and no data. And every class, every school, every library club, every community, is, or can be, different. However, when you are attempting to empower your learners to excel, it is incumbent on you to have an informed view of their technological bent. So Stephen Abram has devoted this month's column to providing you with a starting point for checking out where your students stand in the technological spectrum.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Internet2 and K–12—New Resources and Opportunities

Though it may have gone unnoticed by most K–12 users of Internet2, in the 2 years since the publication of Erika Miller’s article, “Internet2, K–12 and Librarians,” in the September/October 2006 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, the available bandwidth for this powerful network has increased dramatically. Now capable of moving along at 100 gigabits per second, Internet2 (I2) provides powerful new potential for the research and education communities to take advantage of an ever-increasing range of options for high-speed applications that change the way students and educators learn and teach.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

NSBA Survey Indicates School Districts Want the New Administration to Address 21st Century Skills

School districts noted that their biggest challenge is funding for technology (50 percent), closely followed by integrating technology into the classroom (40 percent). Twenty-nine percent of responding districts have explored or adopted open source technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Oct 2008

MMIS Reviewer Alice Kurtz Named "American Star of Teaching"

MultiMedia & Internet @Schools product reviewer Alice Kurtz is the recipient of the 2008 Iowa American Star of Teaching Award.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2008

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Launches P21 Professional Development Affiliate Program

The new program is intended to increase the capacity of practitioners to embed 21st century skills into classroom practices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2008

Free Resources: Discovery Ed’s New Teacher Survival Central

Discovery Education recently launched New Teacher Survival Central, a new Web site and partnership with Walden University, mimio, Adobe Systems, Inc., Elmer’s Products, Inc., and CDW-G.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Oct 2008

CoSN Launches 2008-2009 Webcast Series

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launches its fourth annual professional development Webcast series on Oct. 15.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Oct 2008

Cool Links: Guiding the Gifted to Honest Work

We think this article, which appears in the Duke Gifted Letter, captures a lot of the causes of plagiarism, and, more important, logically presents a number of very sensible strategies for preventing it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 09 Oct 2008

Authors/Illustrators Selected for AASL "Knowledge Quest" Columns

The American Association of School Librarians and the Children’s Book Council released the names of the contributors selected for the AASL Knowledge Quest journal’s “Meet the Author/Illustrator” column during the 2008-2009 school year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2008

PBS TeacherLine Releases New Version of Peer Connection

Added functionality and new professional development modules on coaching practices and effectiveness are designed to enhance PBS TeacherLine's online offering for coaches.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2008

ISTE Webinar: Intro to Geocaching

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) presents an “Introduction to Geocaching” Webinar on Sept. 24.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2008

Free Resources: More WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources

Teachers' Domain is a digital library of free media online resources for teachers, and online professional development courses created by public television station WGBH.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Sep 2008

Free Resources: Discovery Education’s Third Annual Online Professional Development Event

Discovery’s 12-hour “streamathon” on September 23 offers sessions on integrating digital media into classroom instruction.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Sep 2008

ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT)

The ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT) is a free online resource created to help guide teachers, administrators, and other educators as they observe and assess technology integration in classrooms.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@School East 2009 Call for Speakers Open

If you’re somehow keeping up in this age of the participatory, “content creationary,” interactive, 2.0 Internet and all that it offers educators and students! … and in the ongoing era of NCLB mandates, shrinking budgets, mushrooming lists of curriculum standards … not to mention all the new literacies—from information, to visual, to technology, to online social literacy—to teach to your students … then 1) you’re remarkable, and 2) we want you to speak at Internet@Schools East next March in Arlington, Virginia!
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Aug 2008

General Motors, Discovery Education Name Winners of 2008 LIVE GREEN Teacher Grants

Each of the 40 winning middle or junior high school educators will receive a $1,000 grant to implement classroom lessons on the environment or renewable energy initiatives.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2008

Free Resources: CoSN IT Disaster Recovery Checklist

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) provides a free online “Disaster Recovery Checklist.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Aug 2008

AASL Board Approves L4L Program

The Board of Directors of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) approved the development of a new program designed to help gain attention for AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jul 2008

Treasure Bay Launches Website to Help Teachers Get Parents Involved in Reading

ReadingPlace.org shares easy-to-implement strategies to build reading skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2008

ERIC Now on WilsonWeb

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is now searchable as a WilsonWeb database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2008

Why We Need to Teach 21st Century Skills—And How to Do It [Available Full-Text, Free]

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the skills we need to be teaching include the following: information, media literacy, and communication skills; thinking and problem-solving; interpersonal, collaborative, and self-direction skills; global awareness; economic and business literacy, including entrepreneurial skills; and civic literacy. While the context in which our schools operate today has changed, the goals have not. We can look at these 21st-century skills as an extension of efforts that date as far back as John Dewey at the turn of the previous century. The key difference is that today we have a new set of tools to apply to the tasks. Moreover, the changing economy makes it more of a necessity that our students can use technology to solve problems, collaborate, and create. Learn more on this subject in this article by Adobe Systems' Bob Regan.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Working Retired—Part 2: Building a Bridge to Retirement

In Mary Alice's May/June column, we heard from media specialists who are refocused and recharged in their second careers. They are busy with writing, speaking, online teaching, consulting, and multimedia production. In Part 2 Mary Alice focuses on how these accomplished people built a bridge to retirement and what they have to say about all they've learned in their new careers
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Tips 2.0--What’s Hot? How Do I Learn That?

If there’s a refrain Stephen Abram hears too often, it’s that many of us feel it’s impossible to keep up and learn all this new stuff in technology and learning. So he has devoted this month’s column to a few sites that he finds useful to quickly orient himself to some of the Web 2.0 technologies. Even when he has already played with or experienced some of these tools, he says, he always learns something new from these sites.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Working Retired—Part I: Refocused and Recharged

Media specialists have useful and unique skill sets that can serve them well if they want to continue working when they leave their K-12 jobs. They are multimedia creators and producers, writers, speakers, university instructors, online instructors, educational consultants and leaders, and volunteers for the professional organizations they belong to. They work with print and technology; they use their organizational, teaching, communications, and advocacy skills. They are excited and passionate about their work. Mary Alice Anderson offers thoughts and lots of examples on the subject of media specialists and retirement in this month's Media Center column.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

BELLTONES: What’s All This Noise About Twitter?

Early this past fall Mary Ann Bell got tired of hearing other people talk about Twitter and feeling left out. She had been mentioning it as something new to the Web 2.0 world in presentations and with students, but felt a little hypocritical for doing so without participating. So, as she reports in this month's Belltones, she paid the site a visit and signed on. Follow her journey from skeptic to convert, plus how and why Twitter won her over and what it can do for you as well.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Copyright in a Social World

Just when you thought you understood how to fully integrate internet learning into your curriculum, along comes Web 2.0, the “social side” of the internet where people can communicate with others and contribute their own content. As a librarian you should be able to communicate with students, parents, and teachers the issues that they face when placing materials on Web 2.0 social networks, and one of the big ones is copyright. This article looks at several situations in which library users may use popular social networking sites and confront copyright laws.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@School West Call for Speakers Open

If you’re somehow keeping up in this age of the participatory, “content creationary,” interactive, 2.0 Internet and all that it offers educators and students! … and in the ongoing era of NCLB mandates, shrinking budgets, mushrooming lists of curriculum standards … not to mention all the new literacies—from information, to visual, to technology, to online social literacy—to teach to your students … then 1) you’re remarkable, and 2) we want you to speak at Internet@Schools West next October in Monterey, California!
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Mar 2008

New Books from ISTE

ISTE releases new books on RSS and PowerPoint with an educator perspective.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2008

ITI Crosslinks: Facebook 101—Ten Things You Need to Know About Facebook

Facebook is getting increasing recognition, and use, in the education community. Thomas Krivak has put an excellent primer together for you on this important social networking site. (From Information Today, Inc.'s Information Today magazine.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 07 Mar 2008

Widgets and Widgetry for Librarians: Copy, Paste, and Relax [Available Full-Text, Free]

Students can easily overlook websites that aren’t filled with often changing content. Do you think you’re too busy to devote time and effort to attract users to the great resources available on your library website? If you can simply copy and paste, think again! With no coding skills you can set up your websites to continually display fresh content. Read how in Aaron Schmidt's article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

Innovative Learning Conference 2008 Seeks Speakers

The Innovative Learning Conference, presented by CUE and FETC, issued a call for speakers for the Innovative Learning Conference 2008 (ILC 2008) taking place Oct. 14 – 16, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2008

PBS TeacherLine Introduces Courses to Help Teachers Support English Language Learners in the Classroom

The latest collection of PBS TeacherLine courses addresses classroom instruction for the fastest-growing segment of student population.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2008

Video Professor, Inc. Releases “Protect Yourself Online: Viruses, Scams and Social Networking”

The Video Professor online safety program features content from Net Crimes and Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering Spammers, Stalkers, and Con Artists—a book by cybercrime expert Jayne A. Hitchcock published by Information Today, Inc.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jan 2008

CDW-G Announces ‘21st-Century Classroom’ Site

The solution is highlighted by new partnerships with key educational technology companies, including Futurekids, Inc., 8e6 Technologies, Promethean, and RM Educational Software, that broaden CDW-G’s offerings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jan 2008

Free Resources: Vernier Spring LabQuest Workshops

Vernier Software & Technology offers free hands-on workshops designed to help educators learn ways to integrate computer and handheld data collection technology into any science or math curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 Jan 2008

ISTE Publishes New Book on Project-Based Learning

Reinventing Project Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age offers educators a practical guide for maximizing the benefits of project-based learning in today’s technology-rich learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jan 2008

NSTA Releases Technology-Based Teaching Resource for Middle and High School Science Teachers

The featured technologies in the book, Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom, range from the easy to master, such as digital cameras, to the more complex, like probeware and geographic information systems.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2008

UNESCO Launches Technology Competency Standards for Teachers

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will launch the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers at the World Ministerial Seminar in London on Jan. 8.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2008

AASL Releases Report on First Longitudinal Study

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) released the results of its first longitudinal survey for school library media specialists, titled School Libraries Count!
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2008

IMLS Issues Study on Youth Programs in Museums and Libraries

The study, which is part of IMLS’s initiative, Museums and Libraries Engaging America’s Youth, examined Institute-funded programs for youth aged 9-19 and surveyed nearly 400 museum and library programs about their goals, strategies, impact, and outcomes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jan 2008

THE MEDIA CENTER: Staff Development--Still an Important Role

Technology staff development isn't receiving the attention it once did in professional journals or at professional conferences, but the need hasn't gone away; it has simply shifted along with technology and our roles. Staff development continues to be an important role for us because, as an Illinois language arts teacher explained, "not all teachers are on board with technology." She added that, to such teachers, "incorporating technology into instruction is someone else's job, and the skills are either not taught or [are] fragmented." Teachers are also now expected to use instructional management tools in more ways, such as understanding student assessment scores. Quite often if media specialists don't assume a leadership role in providing technology staff development, it simply doesn't get done.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

The Power of RSS: Instant Information Updating Based on Quality Searches

RSS allows you to keep up with just about anything that you want to on the web. If you want to stay focused on the latest blog posts on the effect of global warming, RSS can help. If you just want to be updated whenever The New York Times publishes its latest book review, RSS can help. And, if you want to know when the next Dave Barry column appears, RSS can help. The greatest part of RSS is that it can do all of this in one place, without your needing to parade all over the web looking for the new content. RSS is a continuously updated customized online newspaper, and it can not only help you in locating new information (in fact, the content comes to you, not vice versa), but it can help you do it in a quarter of the time.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

The Summer Travel Blog: A 2.0 Travelogue to Bridge Summer “Down Time” [Available Full-Text, Free]

Do you still remember the thrill of receiving a summer postcard from your teacher? How exciting it was to open the mailbox and find that personal piece of mail waiting—and to realize that your teacher was thinking of you. Perhaps the photograph on the face of the card led you to the encyclopedia to learn more about a particular place, while a handwritten line or two described a cultural experience, unusual food, or new language. Travel postcards, sent by thoughtful teachers over the years, have broadened the world of many a child. Yesterday’s postcards have gone high-tech. Weblogs, or blogs, enable today’s teachers to send a new kind of post, sharing their travel experiences as they unfold. Blogs provide an up-to-the-minute opportunity for teachers to continue to educate their students through semester breaks, to interact with their school communities, and to share experiences and locales that encourage understanding of the broader world. And those 21st century postcards come complete with the ability to upload and publish journal entries, photos, slideshows, audio, video, and educational links.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

CoSN Announces Annual School Networking Conference

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will hold its 13th annual conference March 9-11 in Washington, D.C.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Dec 2007

Information Today, Inc. Publishes Book on Technology Training for Librarians

The Accidental Technology Trainer: A Guide for Libraries addresses a range of issues for library staff who find themselves newly responsible for technology training, be it in computer labs, classrooms, or one-on-one with library users.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Dec 2007

New Book from ISTE Explores K-12 Online Learning

What Works in K-12 Online Learning serves as a research-based guide to what works from more than two dozen contributors with real-world experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Dec 2007

Free Resources: H.W. Wilson Foundation's Scholarship Grants Program

The H.W. Wilson Foundation announced the continuation of its support of education in library and information science with a new round of scholarship grants.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Dec 2007

Ed Tech in Teacher Ed Programs for Initial Licensure

Teacher education programs for initial licensure are oriented toward preparing teacher candidates to use educational technology, according to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Dec 2007

Free Resources: CoSN's Small District Tech Leader Wiki

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a free Small School District Technology Leadership wiki created with support from the U.S. Department of Education.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Nov 2007

AASL Digital Institute Opens

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) launched its first Digital Institute, “Minding Your Students’ Future,” as part of the AASL e-Academy online offerings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2007

THE MEDIA CENTER: The Technology P’s

In keeping with the often practical nature of this column, this month Mary Alice addresses how a simple lesson became a successful unit and how it supports information and technology literacy standards: Sometimes the most successful teaching efforts are those teachable-moment lessons that arise unexpectedly to meet an immediate need. The "Technology P's lesson" is one of those.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: K-12 Reference Work--Learning NOT to Answer Their Questions [Available Full Text, Free]

There are many ways to teach information literacy—the formal classroom way, library visits, team and project-based methods, and more. No matter how you define "reference work" today, it likely involves the process of accessing print and electronic sources, understanding a variety of containers from books and videos to Web sites and serials, understanding how to ask questions of people in person and virtually through search engines … as well as questions of ourselves. It's more than just a research skill. True information literacy has emerged as one of the defining life skills of our century. Building citizens who can learn and inform themselves throughout their lives in a new century of predictable massive change is the Holy Grail of our era.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Online-Learning Communities: The Next Generation of Professional Development

With the growth of Web technologies, the availability of high-quality professional development for educators has increased significantly. There are numerous benefits to professional development for educators, including increased job satisfaction, career advancement, better pay, and improved student learning. However, there are significant challenges that often impede them from pursuing opportunities that will contribute to their growth, such as convenience and affordability. Professional development delivered in an online-learning environment removes many of the constraints associated with traditional forms of professional development.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Free Resources: 7 Things You Should Know About …

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About… series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Oct 2007

ISTE Offers Book on Differentiating Instruction with Technology

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released “Differentiating Instruction with Technology in K-5 Classrooms,” a book written by Grace E. Smith and Stephanie Throne.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Oct 2007

New Book From ISTE Explores Education Potential of Web 2.0, Social Networking

Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools, by Lynn Schrum and Gwen Solomon, provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging Web 2.0 technologies and their use in the classroom and in professional development.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2007

Free Resources: Media Education Kit Published by UNESCO

Some of the questions addressed by the kit are as follows: What should Media education be like? Who should provide it? How should it be included in a curriculum? Beyond schools, do families have a say in the matter?
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Oct 2007

Cool Links: David Warlick's Keynote at the K-12 Online 07 Conference

The K12 Online 07 Conference is in progress now, having started with David Warlick's keynote address, "Inventing the New Boundaries," today. In the keynote, Warlick examines just what it means now to be a student and/or a teacher.
News/Cool Links - Posted 08 Oct 2007

Information Today, Inc. Publishes Listen Up!—Podcasting for Schools and Libraries

ITI's new book is an easy-to-use guide to podcasting for educators and librarians written by educational technology specialist and podcaster Linda W. Braun.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2007

Free Resources: FileMaker Teacher Materials

FileMaker Pro Basics provides a comprehensive downloadable set of free training materials designed to help K-12 educators learn the essentials of creating FileMaker Pro databases.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Sep 2007

ISTE Publishes New Edition of NET*S

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recently released the second edition of its National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NET*S).
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Sep 2007

MMISXtra News: Internet@Schools East 2008 Call for Speakers is Out

We’re seeking presenters for our Internet@Schools East 2008 conference, to be held in Arlington, Virginia, April 7-8 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Sep 2007

BELLTONES: Avoiding Tech Terror Attacks

It happened to Mary Ann recently, for the first time in ages. She had a near meltdown because of a glitchy computer problem. … Actually, she had several problems. … In fact, it was a perfect techie storm!!! ... So for this month's Belltones column, Mary Ann has thought through and compiled a range of tips and advice to help herself--and you!--deal with such eventualities, or should we call them inevitabilities.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Axioms, Maxims, and Other Advice

You can eat an entire elephant if you cut it into small enough pieces. That well-worn advice is worth remembering; it helps us through those times of feeling overwhelmed … which explains why a collection of small elephants decorates my office. They inspired me as we moved into a new media center, implemented a new automation system district wide, and worked toward other major program changes. Are there similar daunting tasks in your future at your media center? Here are some more axioms, maxims, and just plain sage advice that may help you, whatever the task you're facing.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: K-12 Information Literacy--Teacher Librarians: Sharing and Taking Care of Themselves

Stephen Abram has no worries about great new ideas being developed throughout libraryland, but he is concerned that such ideas are not diffusing fast enough. In this Pipeline column, he ponders why this is and how the tendency can be combatted, and also offers a rich list of creative librarians' blogs and other resources that will help you speed that diffusion yourself.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

AASL e-Academy Offers Fall Courses

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy will offer five continuing education programs starting on October 1.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Aug 2007

ISTE Seeks Proposals for National Educational Computing Conference

The International Society for Technology in Education (NECC) is seeking proposals for the juried portion of the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), to be held June 29 - July 2, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Aug 2007

CoSN Announces New Webcasts on Top Ed Tech Trends

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) presents a new Internet & Education Webcast series for the coming school year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2007

Free Resources: Moving Forward with Technology Webinar Series

Don Johnston, Inc. and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) are co-sponsors of the “Moving Forward with Technology” free Webinar series covering a variety of technology-related topics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Aug 2007

Free Resources: “ISTE Island” in Second Life

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) now offers a center for networking and collaboration on its own virtual “island” in the Second Life multi-user virtual environment (MUVE).
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Jul 2007

CoSN Calls for 2008 Annual Conference Presentations

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is accepting presentation proposals for its 13th annual K-12 School Networking Conference until August 24, 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2007

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--Online Support Groups

In the May/June 2007 MMIS issue, Mary Ann wrote about listserv communication and the benefits thereof. That caused her to think of a related but slightly different array of communities: online support groups. For personal use, and also for patrons, it is worthwhile to look at these environments. They can be highly beneficial, but there are a few caveats. So this month, she discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such groups.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Digital Cameras--Management Hassles, Curriculum Possibilities

Cables, adapters, and memory cards disappear; batteries run low at inopportune times; and busy teachers quickly borrow a camera from another classroom "just for a second" to take advantage of a photo opp. Digital photographers excited about creating photo-filled classroom Web pages come to work sessions with a camera incompatible with the computer's software or without the necessary connecting cable. It seems that no technology has caused more management hassles than digital cameras. Well, if you've got such problems—and who doesn't?—Mary Alice Anderson's got answers!
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

CYBERBEE: E-News Updates

Many organizations are distributing free newsletters with timely articles and links to valuable resources. Joining a mailing list or RSS feed is easy and convenient, and it's a timesaver when you want the latest news about innovative technology and practical ideas for integrating it into your classroom. This month, Cyberbee directs you to a selected mix of educational technology newsletters and RSS feeds to investigate.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Mashups and Other New or Improved Collaborative Social Software Tool

Blogs, wikis, social software, Web 2.0—it’s not really about the technologies but about the method of collaboration between users that presents some of the more interesting advantages. The goal of authors Robert Lackie and Robert Terrio in this article is to continue the discussions of practical Web 2.0 tools and social networking sites that have been brought up in this magazine and at recent school librarian conferences and to highlight other collaborative tools and exciting developments in free Web 2.0 social software, items they categorize as “Useful Collaborative Tools” and “Practical Mashups”—both very exciting and practical for today’s teacher-librarian!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Thinkronize Adds 21st Century Skills Resources and Tools to netTrekker d.i.

The new netTrekker channel provides educators and students with three pathways to find resources that support the core elements of 21st century skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2007

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection Assists Educators with Instructional Coaching Responsibilities

Peer Connection's content enables instructional coaches to deliver customized professional development to their peers while building a community of learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

Inspiration Launches Inspired Learning Community

The new site is intended to offer educators a place to discover and share ideas and resources for effectively using Inspiration Software's visual learning products to develop students' critical thinking skills across the curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

ePals Launches Ask ePals Global, Online Knowledge Sharing Community and Widget Tool

With Ask ePals, educators and others can share their knowledge with teachers, parents, and students, as well as seek the advice of others. The service is available either at www.epals.com/askepals or through Web pages that embed the widget capability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

COSN Releases 2007 Compendium on Technology Issues

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released its 2007 Compendium, an annual collection of monographs on the key issues facing K-12 education technology leaders.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jun 2007

Special Collection of Science Courses From WGBH/Teachers’ Domain Now Available through PBS TeacherLine

Through the science courses, K-12 teachers learn to engage students with media-rich resources, and to incorporate practical, real-world applications into their instruction, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jun 2007

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools West 2007 Conference Preliminary Program Now Available

The October 2007 program will feature Lee Rainie, Pam Berger, and Gary Price as keynote speakers, plus Mary Ann Bell and a host of other speakers. The Advance Program is now available online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jun 2007

Futurist Andrew Zolli to Moderate NECC Roundtable on Creativity and Innovation in Education

The panel discussion brings together a mix of creative and educational experts with the specific goal of uncovering and illuminating the global importance of engaging the spirit of innovation in students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2007

Alliance for a Media Literate America Presents the National Media Education Conference 2007

The comprehensive professional development conference for media educators will take place June 22-26 in St. Louis, offering over 75 workshops, panels, and peer networking opportunities, as well as presentations by media literacy experts from the United States, England, Canada, Australia, China, and Japan.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2007

AASL 2007 Awards Recipients

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced the 2007 recipients of its annual awards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2007

Information Today Publishes Consider the Source: A Critical Guide to 100 Prominent News and Information Sites on the Web

The new book reveals both the strengths and the weaknesses and biases of 100 top news and information Web sites.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jun 2007

Virtual High Schools Announces 2007 Summer School Program

For the first time, the organization is offering eight-week summer school courses online for full year courses such as Algebra 1, English 9, and English 10, subjects that many students struggle with.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2007

CoSN Hosts Local EdTech Clinics

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is offering a series of professional development training clinics for school district technology leaders. The sessions will be held in Texas, Georgia and California.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2007

Free Resources: CSLA’s School Library Learning 2.0 Online Tutorial

The California School Library Association’s online tutorial guides you through the ‘tools of the trade’ that your students use every day: blogs, photos and images, RSS and newsfeeds, tagging and technorati, wikis, online applications, podcasting and downloadable audio, and much more.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 May 2007

NextReads 2.0 Now Available from EBSCO Publishing’s NoveList

This enhanced version of the email newsletter service delivers a more intuitive user experience while also offering a more extensive array of customization options to library administrators, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2007

CoSN Webcast on Open Source Implementation

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a May 16 webcast titled “Implementing Open Source in K-12,” the latest installment in the organization’s 2006-2007 Internet & Education professional development webcast series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 May 2007

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--Focus on Listservs

Mary Ann Bell was recently housebound during an infrequent ice storm in the Texas Hill Country. But, she writes, "I am far from lonely. The main reason for this is my connection with people all over the world via listservs." Thus her topic for this issue: communication. Read as she celebrates the many ways is able to be in touch with others via the Internet.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Building Enthusiasm for a New Library

Sarah Cooper teaches at an independent school where a new library is being built. “Once this facility opens in September 2007, we want our students and teachers to use it as an intellectual hub for innovative research projects,” she writes. In this article, she describes the successful methods and tactics she and her team are using to make sure this happens.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Future School Libraries--A Third Presence in Second Life?

You've likely heard the numbers. Conservative recent estimates describe Second Life as a pretty huge virtual ecology. More than 1.2 million people have created avatars in Second Life, and 1,525,670 unique people have logged into Second Life at least once. Of that number, 252,284 people have logged in more than 30 days after their account-creation date. The conservative monthly growth rate is about 23 percent. Twenty-three percent growth will mean 3 million in a year's time—a healthy number, but not hyperbolic growth. It can be managed, and we can see the effects and react—unlike other Web-based changes we've lived through. Stephen Abram finds this enormously engaging and interesting to a profession that thrives on being interested and making things interesting. Read on ...
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Cyberbullies, Online Predators, and What to Do About Them

You’ve read the news articles, seen the stories on TV news, or possibly heard them on the radio: Bullies have gone online, predators are lurking everywhere, and MySpace is a nightmare for kids and teens. What the media doesn’t tell you are the facts about how kids and teens can stay safe online. They tend to focus on the sensationalism and not the realism. Now you can learn what to look out for, what to advise parents about, and how to help students who may be experiencing problems online.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Florida Educational Technology Conference: Call for 2008 Presentations

The Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) is seeking Applications to Present for consideration for the 55-minute sessions to be held on Thursday, January 24, and Friday, January 25, 2008 in Orlando, Florida.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2007

NSTA/Vernier Technology Award Winners

Seven educators nationwide are the recipients of the Vernier/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Technology Award honors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2007

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly Released by Wiley

Cybersafety expert Nancy Willard’s book gives parents the tools to help keep children and teens safe from online threats such as sexual predators, pornography, hate groups, and cyberbullies and to encourage responsible online behavior.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Mar 2007

Heinemann-Raintree Announces “Ask a Librarian” Service for Educators

Ask a Librarian will allow Web site visitors to interface with a staff librarian and submit inquiries on a variety of topics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2007

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools West Call for Speakers is Out!

We’re seeking presenters for our Internet at Schools West 2007 conference, to be held in Monterey, California, October 29-30, 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Mar 2007

PBS TeacherLine Introduces New Professional Development Course on Online Teaching

“Online Facilitator Training I - Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching” offers teachers the opportunity to gain skills in Web-based instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2007

Cool Links: Getting Boys to Read

Public Radio International “Here and Now” host Robin Young interviews former librarian, author, and reading advocate Mike Sullivan about the phenomenon of reluctant boy readers and what we can all do about it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Mar 2007

ETS Offers Webinars on Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Tool

During the webinars, ETS will also introduce a new Preplanning tool that gives students a choice of eight plan types, including an outline, an idea web, and templates for specific types of essays, such as compare/contrast and cause and effect.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2007

Wilson Library Bulletin Now Online in Full Text

Wilson Library Bulletin, the trade magazine for librarians published from 1914 to 1995, is now available on two H.W. Wilson library and information science databases.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2007

PBS Launches Comprehensive Pre-K-12 Educator Web Site

PBS Teachers offers thousands of free lesson plans, local and national educator resources, teacher professional development, videos, blogs, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2007

BELLTONES: Featuritis Fever and Gizmo Flu!

In recent Belltones columns, Mary Ann Bell has discussed technophobia and technolust. Now her thoughts have turned to another complaint. While not as debilitating as technophobia, which keeps victims from feeling comfortable with any technology, featuritis is a condition that keeps many users from making friends with the devices they use. Read on to find out why, and what to do about it.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: E-Scheduling

Mary Alice Anderson has compiled the results of an informal survey she did among school librarians on the subject of e-scheduling, concluding that "Clearly, e-scheduling is the choice of many media specialists and appreciated by teachers." Read the details and collected wisdom in this month's Media Center column.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

School Librarians Help Students Achieve: Here’s the Evidence!

In an article originally published in The Golden Key, the journal of the Hawaii Association of School Librarians (HASL), in fall 2006, Violet Harada, of the University of Hawaii’s Library and Information Science Program, and her colleagues write on a collaborative venture to further librarians’ roles in assessment of learning.

Library Resources: A Critical Component to Online Learning [Available Full-Text, Free]

As online learning has become commonplace at universities throughout the country, the option is now being explored to a greater degree by teachers and administrators at the secondary and elementary levels. Nancy Rohland-Heinrich and Brian Jensen take you through the state of the art of online learning in this feature, with special emphasis on the role of media specialists in supporting and furthering it.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

Cool Links: About "Out Front with Stephen Abram"

There's a new collection of Stephen Abram's visionary writing and thinking at ALA Editions. Learn about it via this Cool Link.
News/Cool Links - Posted 21 Feb 2007

Free Resources: AASL School Librarian's Scholarship Deadline Nears

Applications will be accepted until March 1 for the AASL School Librarian's Workshop Scholarship.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Feb 2007

H.W. Wilson Adds More Teaching Resources to Science Full Text Select

H.W. Wilson announced the addition of 28 science education journals to its Science Full Text Select database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2007

Cyberbullying

For February 15, 2007: Sponsored by the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, the Cyberbullying site provides the Educator's Guide to Cyberbullying, Parent's Guide to Cyberbullying, and links to real life stories.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Feb 2007 By

Apply Now for LOC Summer Teacher Institutes

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its 2007 Summer Teacher Institutes. The Institutes provide educators from grades 4-12 across the nation with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and exploration of a specific topic using the staff expertise and facilities of the Library of Congress.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jan 2007

Discovery Educator Network Launches Three Blogs

The new blogs give educators a forum to share ideas and best practices on using the latest digital technology in the classroom, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2007

SafeSchools.com Announces Release of Online Safety Primer: What Every Educator Needs to Know

This is the first in SafeSchools’ Online Safety Series, which covers the various means of communication as well as the growing dangers that can entrap students when they’re online, including cyberbullying, predators, and threats of violence.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2007

Pew Internet & American Life Project Releases ‘Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview’

According to the report, 55 percent of online teens use social networks and 55 percent have created online profiles; older girls predominate.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2007

Free Resources: ISTE's Online EdTech Career Center

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) now offers an online career center focused on educational technology positions.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Jan 2007

HP EdTech Grant Reviewers Needed

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in partnership with HP Philanthropy and Education, is looking for grant reviewers for the 2007 HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jan 2007

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools East 2007 Conference Preliminary Program Now Available

The April 2007 program will feature Lee Rainie, Joyce Valenza, and Gary Price as keynote speakers, plus Carol Kuhlthau, Ross Todd, and a host of other speakers. The AdvanceProgram is now available online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2007

BELLTONES: Should We All Be Technophiles?

Mary Ann continues this month to ponder the question of when, whether, and how to use technology in teaching and learning. After all, she notes, her friend Bernie Poole stands up for technophobes in certain cases, writing to her: "If they're truly technophobes, leave them alone, Mary. They deserve their space. They can teach absolutely as effectively the way they know and love as if they were constrained to use high tech."
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Moving a Boatload

Mary Alice Anderson notes she has survived one of two big media center moves her district is making this year and is currently experiencing the third such move of her professional career. Given that background, plus a good sense of what worked and what didn't, this month she offers sage advice on moving a media center.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Keeping Safe in Cyberspace

The Internet has changed the way students learn and communicate. With the click of a mouse, they can instant message one another, work together on projects, download all kinds of multimedia files, and post to blogs, Web sites, and RSS feeds. Access to people and information enhances instruction, but what happens when the "dark side of the Internet" sneaks around the corner and into the classroom or home? In this column, Cyberbee points to lots of resources that can help.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

YALSA Unveils New Electronic Discussion List

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, announced the launch of a new open discussion list, YA-MUSIC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Dec 2006

H.W. Wilson Launches Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective

H.W. Wilson announced the January WilsonWeb launch of Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983, a wide-ranging retrospective article index.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Dec 2006

ETS Launches ‘50 Great’ Teacher Retention Initiative

ETS says it is seeking corporate alliances for the program, which would provide new teachers with incentives and professional development support.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Dec 2006

NCEE Offers Virtual Economics CD-ROM

Virtual Economics 3.0, a CD-based program from The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), provides more than 1200 activity-based economics and personal finance lessons for K-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2006

COSN Launches State Chapters in GA, LA, NM

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) recently launched state chapters in Georgia, Louisiana and New Mexico.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2006

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO Schools “Inquiry in History” Professional Development Series

ABC-Clio’s new program is designed to demonstrate how librarians and social studies departments can partner to develop students’ information literacy and inquiry skills.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Nov 2006

Online Version of AFI Education Program Launches on Discovery’s unitedstreaming

An online version of the American Film Institute’s (AFI) K-12 screen education program, “LIGHTS, CAMERA, EDUCATION!,” is now available on Discovery’s unitedstreaming service.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2006

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Free Professional Development Podcasts

Curriculum Associates now offers free podcasts that cover current trends and happenings in education, as well as ways to incorporate Curriculum Associates’ products with current events training.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Nov 2006

PBS TeacherLine Courses Help Teachers Incorporate Technology Throughout the Curriculum

All PBS TeacherLine courses embed technology resources in the course content. Educational technology provides the means to engage students in core subjects while helping them gain skills to communicate, collaborate, and create, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Nov 2006

Building Wings: The Autobiography of Software Publisher, Struggling Learner and Student Advocate Don Johnston

Don Johnston, the founder and leader of the multimedia company that bears his name, has written an autobiography designed to inspire struggling students to become self-learning advocates and to take charge of their own learning process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2006

BELLTONES: Encouraging Technophobes--Old Dogs CAN Learn New Tricks

Mary Ann Bell counts herself as a hortiphobe-turned-hortiphile. Well, almost. The point is, she says, she was able to change. And she thinks you can help your school's remaining technophobes change as well.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: It's in the Procedures Book

A procedures book is a collection of documents that explains how your media program operates. It describes or prescribes a preferred, common, and consistent course of action. It is both a practical tool to help you and your staff and a resource that helps define the philosophical basis of your program. Does your media center have an up-to-date and helpful policy and procedures book? There is no better time than now to begin compiling one, and Mary Alice's column this month can serve as your guide.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Some Tricks to Build Information Fluency—Part 2

Stephen Abram offers more tricks to build information fluency in the second of his columns on the subject, this time offering teaching/learning ideas based on MySpace, Second Life, Teen Second Life, Activeworlds, OPAC or Web treasure hunts, and game show Web sites.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

Web 2.0 and Its Technologies for Collaborative Library Communication [Available Full-Text, Free]

A mystifying or vague buzzword to many, Web 2.0 was made fashionable in late 2004 by O'Reilly Media, the foremost publisher of computer technology books and a leader in cutting edge online technology conferences. This article will provide an introduction to Web 2.0 for libraries and will also attempt to bring to light a few notable, free Web-based interactive communication tools that can help librarians and other educators seamlessly access, create, organize, and disseminate information for their library, themselves, colleagues, and friends. The resources mentioned and the re­ferences and recommended readings provided should bring librarians up-to-speed on little-known and newer techniques, tools, and thinking on this crucial topic.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

CoSN Launches New Internet & Education Professional Development Webcast Series

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) recently announced the lineup for its 2006-2007 series of Internet & Education webcasts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Oct 2006

AMLA Seeks Proposals for “iPods, Blogs, and Beyond” Sessions

The Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA) is accepting session proposals for its 2007 National Media Education Conference, “iPods, Blogs, and Beyond: Evolving Media Literacy for the 21st Century,” to be held June 24-26 in St. Louis, MO.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Oct 2006

The Scoop on Google for Educators

On October 11, Google very quietly launched Google for Educators, a site that pulls together access to and, in a sense, annotates a whole bunch of Google features, tools, and resources in a way that will make them easier for educators to find, understand, and use for teaching purposes. Read all about it!
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2006

CoSN Launches Value of Investment in Technology Program

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a new leadership initiative, Value of Investment (VOI) for ed tech.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Oct 2006

Scholastic and the National Association of Secondary School Principals Collaborate on Foundations of Adolescent Literacy Program

Scholastic Red Professional Development has released the suite of online courses for secondary school educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2006

MMIS Xtra News: InfoToday Bloggers Prepare for Internet Librarian 2006

Information Today, Inc.’s blog staff will be posting throughout Internet Librarian 2006 and the co-located Internet@Schools West from October 23 - 25, 2006 in Monterey, Calif.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Sep 2006

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools East Call for Speakers Reminder!

The deadline for submitting a speaking proposal for Internet@Schools East is approaching, so if you haven't sent something in already, it’s time to submit your idea!
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Sep 2006

Free Resources: Imbee.com’s ‘Building Internet Skills for Kids’ Program for Elementary, Middle School Educators

The free classroom program allows teachers, kids, and parents to explore blogging, messaging, and private social networking while having fun and connecting safely online, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Sep 2006

Information Today, Inc. Announces Publication of Teaching Web Search Skills

In the book, leading trainer and search guru Greg R. Notess augments his personal advice with examples, approaches, and techniques from a “who’s who” of the search training world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2006

Zoomerang Launches Education Resource Center

The free online resource enables educators to understand student concerns and areas for administrative growth, according to the Zoomerang announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2006

Cool Links: Fall and Winter University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Classes for Librarians

Any time is good professional development time, especially when you can do it on your own schedule … via online courses. Here are some good ones from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
News/Cool Links - Posted 08 Sep 2006

Inspiration Software Launches 2007 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning

The scholarships will support professional development activities for educators who champion the integration of visual learning and technology into the curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2006

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools West Group Pricing—Bring a Friend, Get Deep Discounts!

Register by September 29 to receive the discounted registration price, plus bring a colleague for $99.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2006

MMISXtra News: Internet@Schools East 2007 Call for Speakers is Out

We’re seeking presenters for our Internet@Schools East 2007 conference, to be held in the Washington, DC, area April 16-17, 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Sep 2006

BELLTONES: Scrubbing Elephants with Toothbrushes!

Mary Ann Bell writes: "I think today, many of us feel like we are washing elephants with toothbrushes. We have too much work, not enough time, and inadequate tools. How can we make meaningful progress with so many demands? Can technology help, or does it just complicate our lives? While there may not be any easy solutions to the problems we have with so much work, lack of sufficient staffing, frustrating deadlines, and other pressures, I can share some of what has been helpful to me." And so she does, in this month's Belltones column.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Building Visibility in the Community

Community involvement can increase media program visibility and help develop support that can be very beneficial to your programs. No matter how large or small your district, there are possibilities; the community may be an entire city or it may be a neighborhood, but involvement can bring positive results. Mary Alice Anderson offers ideas in this issue's Media Center column for outreach to student families, beyond the school community, and more.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Some Tricks to Build Information Fluency—Part 1

As Stephen Abram writes, "The Internet has given us many new ways to provide learners with an environment that allows them to learn through discovery, play, collaboration, and just plain having fun." He elaborates, and give loads of examples, featuring YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Blogger, podcasting, del.icio.us, and more in this month's Pipeline.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

Internet2, K-12, and Librarians [Available Full-Text, Free]

Internet2 allows unprecedented worldwide communication and collaboration on data sharing, and provides an invaluable opportunity for K–12 teachers and students. In the year and a half since her school district has been connected with Internet2, author Erika Thickman Miller has begun to explore a small part of its capacity—a taste, she says, that has made her feel she has opened a book of wonderful new adventures, and that she feels compelled both to share and to further explore.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

ISTE Publishes 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work

ISTE’s new book is a comprehensive guide for planning, implementing, and managing successful laptop programs in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2006

Cool Links: About the Knowledge Media Laboratory

Here’s a hot Cool Link, thanks to the Internet Scout Project’s Scout Report. It all points to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Knowledge Media Laboratory and its work on how technology can best be used in the classroom.
News/Cool Links - Posted 21 Aug 2006

CoSN Calls for Presentations for 2007 Conference in San Francisco

More than half of all student-used computing devices will be mobile by the year 2011 and online learning will grow at a compound annual rate of 26 percent over the next five years, according to a new study of the top 2,500 U.S. school districts sponsored by Discovery Education and Pearson Education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2006

Free Resources: Promethean Launches Collaborative Web Portal ‘Promethean Planet’

Designed to be a comprehensive online source for educators, Promethean Planet provides searchable information to help educators maximize the use of interactive technology in the classroom.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jul 2006

BELLTONES: Technoholics Anonymous?

Mary Ann Bell loves technology, and techno-gadgets--almost to the level of addiction. (Well, not really.) It's not too serious, but it's a problem she says she's working on. In schools, though, with the advent of technology, the problem of unwise purchases seems to have increased dramatically, and it can be serious. In this month's Belltones, Mary Ann get into some of the reasons for this, and what LMSs and their schools can do about it.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: What’s It Like to Take an Online Class?

Online learning is one of the most rapidly growing areas of education. It is expected to continue expanding as more colleges and universities increase their offerings. What's it like to take an online class? For this article, Mary Alice communicated with graduate students who have taken multiple online courses from several universities, fulfilling a need to earn course credits toward a degree or to meet professional development goals. Read on to see what they say and what hints you can pick up.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Social Networking, Part 2: A Toolkit for Teachers

Helping school colleagues keep up with technology trends is a function library media specialists are well-placed to fulfill. It's also a function that can further underscore the importance of the LMS at school. With that in mind, we've turned to Nancy Willard, prominent—perhaps even ubiquitous—spokesperson on the subject of online safety in the face of new Internet technologies. Nancy's feature gives you in-depth ammunition, understanding, and resources to press into service to help your staff and entire school community cope with all aspects of this important new technology trend.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

The Work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries [Available Full-Text, Free]

Students do better academically in schools that have good libraries, but reports of the elimination of school librarians and library programs keep surfacing. This and other negative trends led the ALA to respond to “the urgent need to support and maintain school library programs and certified school librarians” by forming a Special Task Force on School Libraries last year. Read about the work that’s been accomplished in Task Force member Katherine Lowe’s article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Laura Bush Announces More Than $20 Million in Librarian Recruitment and Education Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The grants are designed to help offset a current shortage of school library media specialists, library school faculty, and librarians working in underserved communities, as well a looming shortage of library directors and other senior librarians.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2006

CDW-G’s Teachers Talk Tech Survey Released

The fourth annual survey of teacher technology use indicates technology access and professional development are driving improved teacher and student performance, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2006

CoSN Launches K-12 Open Technologies Web Site

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a new Web site-- http://www.k12opentech.org/ --designed to raise awareness among K-12 education technology decision makers about the use of open technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jun 2006

AASL Seeks Program and Exploratorium Proposals

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is accepting requests for program and Exploratorium proposals for the 13th National Conference and Exhibition, “The Future Begins @ your library.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jun 2006

MMISXtra News: Preliminary Program for Internet@Schools West Posted

The October conference in Monterey, California, shares a keynote—author and former K-12 librarian J.A. Jance—with Internet Librarian, and features cybercrime expert Jayne Hitchcock and Web search Guru Gary Price as well.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jun 2006

Cool Links: University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Classes for Librarians

Summer is good professional development time, especially when you can do it on your own schedule … via online courses. Here are some good ones from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
News/Cool Links - Posted 05 Jun 2006

Curriculum Associates Offers Free Online ELL Professional Development

Vocabulary Strategies for the English Language Learner, a free online professional development course developed and led by Elia Corona, an English as a second language training specialist, can be accessed at http://www.catraining.com/ under the Topics in Education banner.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jun 2006

David Thornburg's "When the Best is Free"

Dr. David Thornburg’s new book, When the Best is Free: An Educator’s Perspective on Open Source Software, examines free software programs that run equally well on nearly any current operating system found in schools today.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2006

CoSN Symposium for Ed Tech Leaders

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Texas K-12 CTO Council present the inaugural CoSN CTO Leadership Clinic, June 27-28 at the Sockwell Center, Plano ISD in Plano, Texas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 May 2006

Cool Links: Andy Carvin’s New PBS Blog, Learning.now

Carvin writes: “This blog … will focus on the intersection of Internet culture and education. One of the primary goals is to help guide educators through the ins and outs of what’s often referred to as ‘Web 2.0.’”
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2006

EDITOR'S NOTES: Toward the Cutting Edge

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

ITI Cross Links: Podcasting 101 for K-12 Librarians

Esther Kreider Eash’s article is just what its title suggests: a solid primer on podcasting, including sections entitled Reasons to Use Podcasts in School Libraries and Create Your Own Podcast. Send it to reluctant colleagues and help them join the ranks of digital immigrants and/or better reach their digital native students. (From Information Today, Inc.’s Computers in Libraries)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 24 Apr 2006

ITI Cross Links: EBSCO Offers Free Access to Teacher Reference Center

EBSCO is offering free access to the new Teacher Reference Center, a bibliographic index of more than 260 titles from teacher and administration trade journals, periodicals, and books. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 17 Apr 2006

COSN Publishes Technology Leadership Monographs

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released its 2006 Compendium, the annual collection of monographs by leaders from the education technology community.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2006

The Game Institute and Muzzy Lane Software Introduce Online Video Game Training for Teachers

The series is designed to help educators get the most from video games in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2006

ISTE Publishes Guide on Intelligent Mobile Device Use in Schools

Handheld Computers and Smartphones in Secondary Schools provides guidance and activities to help educators learn how to use this new technology effectively to meet curricular goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2006

Scholastic Announces Building Vocabulary for Reading Success

Scholastic RED Professional Development introduces the course to help teachers build students’ academic vocabulary.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2006

EDITOR'S NOTES: Sound and Light, or Belltones and Visual Literacy

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

BELLTONES: Looking to the Future

New MMIS columnist Mary Ann Bell introduces herself in her inaugural Belltones column and discusses some of her interests and plans for upcoming columns, including information ethics, technology use in schools, the principles of AASL's Infomation Power, information access, and more.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Collaboration Beyond the Core

A media specialist's instinct is often that teachers of core subjects—language arts, social studies, and science—are the logical and easiest clientele to work with. That isn't always the case. Some media specialists say they have more success collaborating with noncore areas than with the "traditional academics." Mary Alice Anderson looks in this month's Media Center column at some of these kinds of collaboration.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

MMISXtra News: Internet@Schools East Will Be Blogged, Wiki’d, and More!

Our own Internet @ Schools East conference is coming up in March—the 23rd and 24th, to be specific—in Washington, DC, along with the Computers in Libraries conference. And you’re invited!
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Feb 2006

MMISXtra News: Internet@Schools West Call for Speakers is Out

We’re seeking presenters for our Internet @ Schools West 2006 conference, to be held in Monterey, California, October 23-24, 2006.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2006

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Publishes Cyberbullying Book

Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress provides strategies on preventing and responding to cyberbullying and cyberthreats.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Free State-Specific Web Seminars on Standards-Aligned Assessment from ETS

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is hosting free Web seminars that examine using standards-aligned assessment to drive instruction and improve student achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Feb 2006

TI Every Day Math Initiative Brings NUMB3RS to FETC

The program for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) includes a closing session focused on the Texas Instruments “We Use Math Every Day” initiative, based on the popular CBS television series “NUMB3RS.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Feb 2006

Sunburst Technology Announces Sunburst Learning Solutions

Sunburst’s new program focuses on student improvement in grades K-12 using technology developed for targeted intervention.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2006

Cool Links: Partnership for a Nation of Learners

The site targets museums, libraries, and public broadcasting stations, aiming to help them “work together to address local needs, increase civic engagement, and improve the quality of life” in their communities.
News/Cool Links - Posted 23 Jan 2006

Scholastic Education Launches Technology-Based Reading Solutions

The programs are designed to provide effective differentiated instruction, immediate, corrective feedback, and vocabulary support in students’ native languages in an effort to provide tools to help English Language Learners (ELLs) become fluent readers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2006

Nicholas Negroponte and Dewitt Jones Keynote ISTE’S NECC 2006

Technology guru Nicholas Negroponte and filmmaker Dewitt Jones will deliver keynote presentations at the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) 2006 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego in July.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2006

Dialog Seeks Applicants for Summit Scholarship

Dialog is accepting applicants from North America for its 2006 Roger K. Summit Scholarship.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates Offers Online Training in Curriculum Integration

Teachers receive research-based information on principles and strategies as part of Curriculum Associates’ Topics in Education Web site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Jan 2006

P.E.T. Learning Styles Solution

Reviewer Susan Hixson examines P.E.T. Learning Styles Solution, an online program based on the work of Carl Jung that evaluates teaching and learning styles.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Professional Development, Goodbyes, and Hellos

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Simple Questions, Difficult Answers

In the last installment of the two-year run of Learning Unleashed!, Trevor Shaw looks back and takes stock of what they have accomplished over the past 2-and-a-half years of their technology infusion and integration program at his school.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Advocacy in Action--When Company Comes

Mary Alice Anderson writes, "In recent months I've had numerous opportunities to visit media centers in other districts as we plan for media center renovations and program improvements at our senior high. Our visitation team included media specialists, board members, architects, administrators, local press, and community members who care about media centers." And then she draws on this experience to give you expert advice on how to prepare for visitors to your own media center ... and why ... and how doing so will benefit you and your program.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

Library Media Specialists and the Future: A Conversation with Ken Haycock

In her newly published book Super Searchers Go to School, Joyce Kasman Valenza interviews a dozen prominent K–12 educators and educator-librarians who share their strategies for helping students become effective, lifelong information users. In this excerpt, Joyce elicits wisdom that points the way toward a successful future for K–12 libraries from Ken Haycock, whose impressive professional experience includes being a school librarian; principal; school board president; president of the American Association of School Librarians; and, currently, director of the school of library and information science at San Jose State University.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

You CAN Get That National Board Certification!

In this feature, board certified media specialist Jan Ross convincingly and helpfully lays out the whats, whys, and how tos you need to know in order to obtain your own Certification for School Library Media Specialists.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

A Thousand Words: Promoting Teachers' Visual Literacy Skills [Available Full-Text, Free]

How can teachers help students develop visual literacy skills that complement and deepen phonemic literacy? How can teachers help students develop critical thinking skills so they can analyze, reflect upon, evaluate, and make inferences from the images they see and not be the passive recipients of visual information? The answer in part is for teachers themselves to develop the conceptual, instructional, and technical skills so that they feel comfortable incorporating visual learning into traditional learning. Mary Burns' article discusses a series of professional development activities that can help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

Benchmark Education Company Announces Educational Leader Online Learning Community

The interactive offering provides teachers and literacy coaches with a constant network of support, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Nov 2005

MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools East Preliminary Conference Program Now Available

The program will feature Joyce Valenza as keynote speaker, plus Alice Yucht, Debbie Abilock, Marjorie Pappas, and a host of other speakers. The Preliminary Program is now available online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2005

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: The Eagle Has Landed

The tablet computer rollout--culmination of the Learning Unleashed! program--went off smoothly this fall for Trevor Shaw's school. In this column, he discusses how and why it worked out so well.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

What's a Wiki? A Powerful Collaborative Tool for Teaching and Learning. That's What!

Will Richardson, supervisor of instructional technology at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Fleming, N.J., and now a well-known speaker on cutting-edge educational uses of the Web, has written a book to be published by Corwin Press in February 2006 entitled An Educator's Guide to Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Cool New Tools That Are Transforming the Classroom. This article is adapted from a chapter of that book, with permission from the publisher.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

Digging into Databases--Using Databases to Inspire Novel Approaches to Creating Curriculum [Available Full-Text, Free]

Databases can inspire novel approaches to creating curriculum. As teachers become familiar with them, their thinking about lesson planning and student research often moves in innovative directions. In this article, Sarah Cooper describes five projects through which librarians can take the lead in helping history and English teachers see the potential of this new world of sources. Included is coverage of database resources from Accessible Archives, Country Watch, EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR, LexisNexis, NewsBank, The OED Online, and ProQuest.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Nuts and Bolts and Other, Newer Tools of the Trade

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Data Gathering, Part II: Developing Your Spreadsheet to Get the Numbers You Need [Available Full Text, Free]

Following up on her earlier Media Center column "Data Gathering--Why You Need the Numbers ... And What You Can Do with Them," Mary Alice Anderson tells how to build and use an Excel spreadsheet that will hold the kind of qualitative and quantitative data you want.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

Free Resources: School Libraries Work!, Updated 2006

From Scholastic, freely downloadable, comes this update of the uplifting and substantive report “School Libraries Work!”
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Oct 2005

Cool Links: AASL/ACRL INFOLIT Discussion Group

We want to signal the existence of an interesting (almost) new discussion group “for school, academic, and public librarians to exchange ideas on information literacy programs and experiences that demonstrate a collaborative relationship between K-12 and higher education institutions.”
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Free Resources: S.O.S. for Information Literacy Launched at AASL

S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic, multimedia, Web-based, and freely accessible resource for K-8 library media specialists and classroom teachers that promises to make a significant contribution to enhancing the teaching of information literacy skills worldwide, according to the project organizers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Free Resources: iEARN Offers CD-ROM on Global Online Collaboration

iEARN-USA is offering its Multimedia Guide to Global Online Collaboration in CD-ROM format at no cost, while supplies last.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Oct 2005

ITI Cross Links: Update on ERIC

Information Today, Inc. News Bureau Chief Paula Hane writes that "The venerable ERIC database has been undergoing an extensive restructuring and modernization program ... " (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsLink)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 Oct 2005

Online Tsunami Science Project Needs U.S. High School Science Teachers

iEARN-USA is recruiting American high school science teachers to work online with peers in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on an English-language project appropriate for science and geography classes or after school and community programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Sep 2005

ETS Launches System 5 Suite of K-12 Products and Services

ETS has repositioned all of its flagship K-12 products and services under the System 5 brand.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Sep 2005

Advocacy and Emerging Issues for Media Specialists—Learn All About It, Online

Teacher-librarian, author, conference speaker, and MMIS Media Center columnist Mary Alice Anderson will be offering this online course through the University of Wisconsin—Stout Department of Education Online Professional Development program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2005

Bowker Partners with Libraries for Implementation of New ISBN-13 Standard

Bowker has released a variety of new resources to assist library professionals with the operational changes necessary to transition to the new global ISBN-13 standard that takes effect in 16 months.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2005

Macromedia Announces Studio 8 for K-12

Macromedia’s new K-12 site license offers educators a combination of digital communication tools and resources to enhance teaching, learning, and communication, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2005

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Final Preparations— Logistics, Training, and Policy

Trevor Shaw documents their plans in anticipation of "deployment," as the the first day of the 2005–06 school year and the initial rollout of their student tablet PC program approach.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Start the Year Right with Digitally Native Teachers

Much has been written about the challenges “digital immigrant” teachers—those who have come later to technology—face as they work with digitally native students. But what’s it like to work with digitally native teachers? Mary Alice Anderson has noticed some consistencies among this first generation of educators to grow up with technology. This article reflects insights from other media specialists and educators as well as her own experiences working with new teachers and innumerable university students each year.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Playing to Learn! Meet and Greet the New Interactive Technologies

In recent months, there’s been a revolution in interactive technologies—both in their design and in their cost. In this month's Pipeline, Stephen Abram takes a look at some of them, laying out an area in the free Web playground where learning can happen. "The swings are IM," he says, "the teeter-totter is podcasting, the slide is Skype, and the merry-go-round is JYBE."
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: New Phenomena, New Technologies, New Relevance

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

MMIS Xtra News: Ed-Blogger Will Richardson to Speak on “The New Read/Write Web” at Internet @ Schools West in Monterey

Richardson’s keynote will touch on blogs, wikis, podcasting, video blogging and other new tools for transforming the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Aug 2005

Super Searchers Go To School, by Joyce Valenza, Published by Information Today, Inc.

In the latest in the Super Searchers book series, leading librarians and educators share their strategies for helping K-12 students become effective, life-long information users.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2005

The Informed Librarian Online Launches ILOSearch

Informed Librarian’s new resource is a database index of articles from library periodicals designed to help library professionals keep up with their professional reading.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2005

National Library Media Certification: A Candidate’s View

National Board Certification in Library Media: A Candidate’s Journal by Peggy Milam will be released by Linworth Publishing in November 2005.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Aug 2005

Free Resources: ProQuest Free Online Training

Here’s an idea for some no-cost online professional development, in one-hour bites, for those of you whose schools/libraries subscribe to ProQuest products and services.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Jul 2005

Cool Links: Meet the Gamers; The Games Children Play

Since last month, when we steered you toward information on online collaborative and role-playing games and what they may mean for current and upcoming generations of learners and researchers, we’ve turned up a Library Journal article and a 30-minute streaming video with more on the subject.
News/Cool Links - Posted 27 Jul 2005

Differentiated Instruction: Success for Every Student

A review of Differentiated Instruction: Success for Every Student, a free online professional development resource.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: More PR--Gaining Faculty Buy-In

This month, Trevor Shaw focuses again on the importance of the public relations aspect of his school’s tablet PC initiative—good PR gained largely through a substantive, all-faculty professional development day primarily planned and executed by the faculty themselves, that is.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Yes! You Should Create a Professional Portfolio

Media specialists enrolled in the online graduate course Mary Alice Anderson teaches are required to create electronic portfolios. They begin the process feeling uncertain and overwhelmed. They finish the process proud of their portfolios and of their accomplishments as media specialists. Even without the requirement of a class project, an electronic portfolio is a worthwhile pursuit. Mary Alice tells why ... and what, and how ... in this issue's Media Center.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

News@NECC: Discovery Education Introduces the Discovery Educator Network

The nationwide Discovery Educator Network—a community of teacher-innovators in digital media—will “connect teachers to their most valuable resource—each other.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2005

News@NECC: Sunburst Technology Launches New MyTeacherAssistant.com Online Portal for Teachers

Powered by the QuickMind.net online learning environment, Sunburst’s portal offers teachers an economical selection of classroom tools and resources that they can use immediately, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2005

Cool Links: Gaming for Librarians—An Introduction

We’ve been following in background mode the subject of “gaming” and what it may mean for current and upcoming generations of learners and researchers, and we recommend that you keep an eye on the field as well. Here’s both an introduction to gaming and a rationale for knowing about it, in an article by librarian Heather Wilson.
News/Cool Links - Posted 17 Jun 2005

ISTE Publishes ‘Integrated Technologies, Innovative Learning: Insights from the PT3 Program'

ISTE’s new book is a collection of essays on exemplary projects from the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2005

Free Resources: Project SMARTArt, a Program for Integrating Media Literacy and the Arts Into K-5 Teaching

Project SMARTArt was created to integrate two principal tenets of media literacy – critical analysis and self-expression – into traditional curricula, according to Tessa Jolls, president of the Center for Media Literacy.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Jun 2005

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Professional Development Course on Test Preparation Strategies

Entitled “Test Preparation Strategies,” the three-lesson course discloses findings on factors that affect test performance and shows teachers ways to create a positive, anxiety-free attitude toward test taking, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 31 May 2005

ETS Partners With Educere to Market ETS PATHWISE Online Professional Development Courses

The partnership should provide a larger audience for the ETS PATHWISE courses, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2005

Riverdeep Extends Destination Reading To Grades 4 - 8 And Beyond

Announced at the 2005 International Reading Association Convention in San Antonio, the Riverdeep products are Destination Reading Course III for grades 4-6, Course IV for grades 6-8, and Course V, a high-school-appropriate Proficiency Course for students who have not mastered the foundational reading skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2005

Cool Links: “Why Should Principals Support School Libraries?” @ ERICDigests.org

You’ll like Gary Hartzell’s 2002 article, and you’ll love the consolidated collection of education- and library-related articles from the defunct ERIC Clearinghouse now housed on ERICDigests.org.
News/Cool Links - Posted 09 May 2005

Lexile National Reading Conference Discounted Early Bird Registration Extended

MetaMetrics, Inc.’s three-day conference, to be held August 8-10 in Research Triangle Park, NC, will focus on linking reading assessment and instruction across the curriculum and grade levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2005

Scholastic Launches Text Talk Vocab. and Comprehension Program for K-3

Scholastic’s Text Talk is a research-based program intended to build oral vocabulary and comprehension skills through language-rich “Talk about Text.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2005

Teaching Mathematics to All Students, Grades 6-8

Teaching Mathematics to All Students is a professional development course that combines Internet-based training content with CD-ROM video elements.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Fresh Concepts and Content

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

Job Security: Keeping a Licensed Library Media Specialist at Your School

School administrator Scott Hannon sets forth ways and means for building a strong partnership between the library media specialist and the principal, which he sees as the cornerstone of an effective library media program. "If both parties--the principal and the LMS--'get it,'" he writes, "then we have the beginnings of a good relationship. Together, these two people comprise a powerful partnership that can take a school to new heights, maybe greatness."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Getting Parents and Teachers to Buy In to Our Tablet PC Program

Change can be hard to swallow, and the introduction of one-to-one computing has presented massive changes for virtually everyone involved in Trevor Shaw's school's technology initiative, Learning Unleashed. In this column, Shaw discusses their experiences with getting parents and teachers on board with the initiative, in the face of resistance to change. And he comments on new tactics they evolved that helped.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Organizing Stuff--We ARE Going to Clean Out That Cupboard ... Eventually

“We really are going to get this cupboard in better shape—eventually!” How many times have typical LMSs said that? Yet their software storage cupboards have probably never been ideally organized. Media specialists and technology staff discuss ways to manage networks, set up servers, or configure computers, but they don’t take much time to share ideas about how to organize the physical stuff in their cyber environments. In this issue's column, Mary Alice Anderson take time to do just that.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Once More with Feeling--What Does Information Literacy Look Like in the Google World?

Recognize the need for information to solve problems and develop ideas; pose important questions; use a variety of information gathering strategies and research processes; locate relvant and appropriate information ... These are some information literacy benchmarks listed by the Canadian Association of School Libraries. "Seems simple enough ... But what does it really mean in grade 1? grade 3? grade 9?" asks Stephen Abram as he re-examines this all-important topic for educators in general and librarians in particular in light of 21st century realities.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

Educational Resources Offers QuickMind.net Promotion for Summer Sessions

Reseller Educational Resources is offering schools a free three-month subscription to the QuickMind.net collection of online curriculum and other resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2005

School Library Advocacy Graduate Course for Administrators

Tell your school and district administrators about this online course, geared specifically to them, designed to help them learn how to support and maximize their schools' librarary programs to increase student achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2005

Call for Presenters for AASL’s Exploratorium

The American Association of School Librarians is currently accepting proposals for the Exploratorium, which will take place at the AASL National Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh next October.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Apr 2005

Co-nect Delivers Professional Development Program for Literacy Trainers

News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2005

CoSN, MINDS, WebAIM Collaborate to Provide Streaming Videos for 2005 CoSN Conference

News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2005

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Online Training in Differentiated Instruction

News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Mar 2005

ProQuest Aquires Voyager Expanded Learning

News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2005

THE MEDIA CENTER: Your Media Program's Web Presence--A Tool for Advocacy and Marketing

Looking for a dynamic way to market and advocate for your school's media program? A media program Web site can be a versatile and far-reaching advocacy tool. What can happen if you use the Web site to showcase your school's media program to students, parents, and the community? The outreach potential is unlimited. Here’s a look at some possibilities for advocacy and marketing.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Role of E-Learning in the K-12 Space

Can learning be achieved effectively by the standard measures, via e-learning, or through some blend of technological and classroom strategies? When added to the issues of the digital divide, you have a problem of gargantuan proportions. With effort, thought, and money, however, it is possible.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Conferences, Web Sites, and Virtual Libraries

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

EDUCAUSE Publishes Free E-Book on Educating the Net Generation

News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2005

ALA and Infopeople Offering Special Webcast—“Borrowing” Graphics or Text For Library Web Pages: Fair Play, and Fair Use

News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2005

ISTE Announces Launch of Advocacy Toolkit Program

News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Feb 2005

ITI Cross Links: ProQuest Completes Acquisition of Voyager Expanded Learning

(From Information Today, Inc.'s EContentMag.com.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 Feb 2005

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Finishing Training, Starting the School Year

Staff technology training sessions can get bogged down if too much time is spent in direct instruction and not enough time is spent actually working on projects and discussing ideas of how to use the technology in classes. There are ways to avoid such pitfalls, however, and this month’s Learning Unleashed! column discusses some techniques … learned from experience.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: How You Lead Depends on What You Read!

How you lead depends on what you read! Knowledge of best practices, current research, and useful ideas will help you do the following: * Plan and develop an effective school media/technology program. * Be an effective, efficient, and credible communicator. * Support your own professional writing and presentations. * Be a leader in your school and district. Among my reading favorites are the books, journals, and Web sites I turn to frequently for reference or inspiration.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

Trends in the LMC: What School Librarians Can Expect ...

To start the new calendar year with a trends and expectations story from a school librarian's point of view, we turned to library media activist, writer, conference presenter, and school library "presence" Pam Nutt. We asked Pam to query her colleagues and herself to find out, well, what's on their minds! What's affecting them and their profession, particularly--but not exclusively--in the area of technology. Read this feature to see what she told us.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Tech Training and Modeling Effective Teaching, Part 2

Shaw discusses his 3-day workshop for teachers, which is designed for technology training and model effective teaching. The lack of time available for teachers to experiment with technology and to develop ideas is one of the biggest problem they seem to have about technology training, so he designed his workshop with a mix of direct instruction activities and unstructured time in order to give them their flexible, free time.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

Technology that Moves Assessment and Student Achievement Forward

Technological advances have provided new opportunities and greater power to support the teachers' endeavors and have simplified the process of collecting and using data to help them make informed decisions about their increasingly thinning resources, to better collaborate on what works, and, ultimately, to help all children learn.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

Data-driven Professional Development

What makes the biggest difference in improving student performance? It's not the latest curriculum product or assessment tool or even parental involvement. Research indicates that it is precisely what the average citizen already knows: teachers and the quality of teaching.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Technology, Assessment, and Professional Development

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Tech Training and Modeling Effective Teaching

In "Learning Unleashed!" Trevor Shaw is chronicling the progress of a multi-faceted technology initiative at the Dwight-Englewood School, a private K-12 day school in Bergen County, New Jersey. This issue's column focuses on introducing the school's board and staff to the concepts involved, and 30 of the staff to new tablet computers.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Data Gathering--Why You Need the Numbers ... And What You Can Do with Them

Data gathering, data-driven decision-making, and accountability are today's buzzwords. Media specialists should take note: Make ongoing data collection routine so that information needed for advocacy, decision-making, and gaining program support is quickly accessible when needed.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Ramping Up Student Research

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By
 
 
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