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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

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 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

SMART Software to Empower Student Creativity and Collaboration Through 3D Printing

The company plans to integrate SMART amp and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software with 3D printing technologies to unlock new ways to engage students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jan 2014

Follett Launches Simon & Schuster Ebooks to Schools

Follett continues to secure major publisher partners and to further expand its collection of popular ebook titles for PreK-12 students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Dec 2013

EDUonGo Learning Platform Facilitates Flipped Learning Lessons

More than 300 educators and schools are implementing the company's learning environment to enhance student engagement and comprehension with flipped learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Dec 2013

Pew Study “Libraries and Society” Illustrates Expanding Roles of U.S. Libraries

An overwhelming majority of Americans acknowledge that public libraries offer more than just books and provide community-tailored programs and services that improve the quality of life, according to the study.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Dec 2013

Scholastic Premieres “Math@Work: Math Meets Fashion” Web Series

The series is designed to connect classroom learning to exciting careers that students aspire to. "Math@Work: Math Meets Fashion" takes three students on a tour of designer Diane von Furstenberg's New York City studio to learn about the mathematical thinking and problem solving required in this career.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2013

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a cloud application that enables the user to create, upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos. Five options (microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload) provide a commenting capacity on VoiceThread slides.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Skype in the Classroom

Skype is an internet-based communications technology that can be used to connect classrooms the world over for projects using voice, video, or text.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Net Texts Content Management System

Net Texts is a series of textbooks and a management and development system intended to supplement or replace textbooks, thereby saving money and taking advantage of student fascination with and involvement in current technology.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

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 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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Meaningful Connections--What's New in the Social Media Sphere?

Victor offers up some excellent views on the current state and trajectory of social media in K-12 education. And he then connects you with a half dozen currently hot spaces, places, and tools you can use to leverage the concept.
Editorial/Features - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Cool Links: About Google's Launch of Connected Classrooms

Google has passed the word EVERYWHERE that it just launched Connected Classrooms, "a program to connect K-12 teachers with the resources to provide virtual field trips and exchanges through Google+."
News/Cool Links - 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

Gale Launches Innovative Purchase Model for Ebooks

Unlike options currently offered by other ebook providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase ebooks based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction titles to all types of libraries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Oct 2013

Make It @ Your Library Launches, Connecting Librarians With Makerspace Projects and DIY Resources

Created in collaboration with Instructables.com and the American Library Association, Make It @ Your Library is tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries. The fully searchable site connects users to projects based on library-specific search criteria.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2013

Lumosity Education Access Program Provides Free Cognitive Training to 14,000 Students Worldwide

LEAP is a collaboration between educators and Lumosity researchers to advance the intersection of education and cognitive neuroscience research. The program provides educators with a research platform, including free Lumosity subscriptions that give students access to the full suite of online brain training games, to study the effects of cognitive training on student's learning abilities, behavioral characteristics, and academic performance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Oct 2013

CoSN Survey Reveals that 99 Percent of K-12 Districts Need Increased Bandwidth

CoSN has just released key preliminary findings from the nationwide survey assessing the state of E-Rate and meeting K-12 broadband needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 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

Mobl21

Teachers use Mobl21 programs to create structured student learning materials. After those materials are transferred to student devices, students can use them anytime, anywhere. Emantras has created communities for sharing teacher-created materials.
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

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

‘Digital Natives’ Are Still Bound to Printed Media—Pew Report

Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, the most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2013

Jones eGlobal Library Offers Free Digital Library Analysis

The analysis is designed to help education leaders understand how their digital libraries compare to the evolving "Gold Standards" when it comes to developing students' information literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2013

SIIA Education Division Partners with ISTE and UBTech

The partnerships enable SIIA to extend the many benefits of its prominent Innovation Incubator Program, a peer-review competition that was created to help identify and support entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jun 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

Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey Results Released

The Survey was conducted to better understand how students use mobile technology for learning. The survey focused on how students use the mobile devices they currently own for learning, and how they would like to use those devices in the future.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 May 2013

Kno

Kno offers interactive K-12 textbooks with links to content, the web, and interactive modules.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Discovery Education Techbooks

Discovery Education Techbooks are a complete text solution that addresses each state's Core Standards (currently available in 36 states), with a simple-to-use system that helps teachers transition to digital resources while substantially lowering district costs. This primary instructional resource provides dynamic, interactive resources that support the 5E model of instruction (engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate) with a variety of digital resources.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Britannica School

Britannica School was developed to replace textbooks with digital alternatives that address each state's core standards and engage student curiosity to enhance learning. An easy-to-use system helps teachers transition to digital resources and use them, while lowering district costs.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Digital Textbooks--Show Me the Future!

In 2010, digital textbooks accounted for just 1% of the U.S. textbook market. In 2012, it was 5.5 percent. And it's climbing. Victor offers a company-by-company look providing you with some idea of what lies ahead.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

The Etext Revolution: Rewriting the Textbook Model

Shmoop's founder and chief creative officer has some creative things to say about how the textbook industry is transforming and where the etext industry is headed. Take a look down the digital road with him.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

ITI Crosslinks: Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Makes Its Debut

Information Today, Inc.'s News Editor, Paula Hane, has an in-depth story in ITI's NewsLinks on the new Digital Public Library of America, including how its launch was affected by the awful Boston Marathon bombing.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 23 Apr 2013

Renaissance Learning Releases Annual 'What Kids Are Reading' Report

The 2013 report finds pop culture, college readiness, and required reading are influencing students' reading selections.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Apr 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

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

IDEA WATCH: Live-Blogging Learning

Live-blogging is commonly used for online events, but it has made only a slow entry into the classroom and into library instruction, despite the fact that research studies show it to be an effective learning tool, not to mention a means of communication that students are familiar with.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

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

Just what is a meme, anyway? Mary Ann explores the phenomenon and then discusses why and how memes are important to educators.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

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

PBS Survey Finds Teachers Embracing Digital Resources to Propel Student Learning

PBS LearningMedia has released findings from a national survey of pre-K-12 teachers that provides a current snapshot of how teachers are utilizing technology in America's classrooms, the types of technology teachers have access to and their attitudes toward technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2013

Free Resources: The Smithsonian Quests Program

A digital badge program that fosters project-based learning, Smithsonian Quests are intended to inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Feb 2013

Follett Challenge Helps Schools Share their Innovation with the World

The Follett Challenge will award $200,000 worth of Follett products and services to six winning schools, and also provide educators with a platform to show off their innovative teaching programs to the world through traditional and social media.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2013

CDW-G Report: Work Imitates Life in Cloud Computing Adoption

CDW-G has announced its 2013 State of the Cloud Report, an assessment of the current and future drivers behind cloud computing adoption in the United States, based on a survey of 1,242 IT professionals familiar with their organization's plans for the cloud.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Feb 2013

OverDrive and SirsiDynix to Deliver eResource Central Integration

SirsiDynix' eResource Central will provide one-click electronic resource and e-book delivery. The initiative with OverDrive is a major step forward in the project, making available OverDrive content in a meaningful integration that will benefit both libraries and their users.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2013

NSBA Launches Education Technology Innovation Showcase

The National School Boards Association created the Technology Innovation Showcase to highlight emerging companies that represent the diversity of new solutions in education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jan 2013

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

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

Follett Integrates Destiny 10.5 with FollettShelf, Follett Digital Reader

The integration is designed to make a district's library more efficient and effective by providing engaging tools for students and teachers to find, share and use digital resources more efficiently, and to support anytime, anywhere learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2012

IDEA WATCH: The 1:1 Experience--An Idea Worth Watching

A year ago, Carolyn's high school rolled out 1:1 iPads to all of its teachers, juniors, and seniors. After a year of working in a 1:1 iPad environment, it's clear that the devices have changed a lot about how the school works—for the better!
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

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

THE PIPELINE: What Will It Be Like in 2025? Some Modest Predictions

The library in 2025 will be everywhere. Of course, libraries will have changed a lot and education (and teaching) will have changed even more.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

BYOD: An Opportunity Schools Cannot Afford to Miss

Project Copernicus, a BYOD initiative in Osseo Area Schools in Minnesota, provides a working model for how, and why, schools should delve into the bring-your-own-technology concept.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: The Big Bang--Charting the Expanding Universe of Mobile Education

Under the sun, moon, and stars, there's plenty to explore when it comes to "mobile in education," and the success of BYOD as a concept is a compelling reason to start exploring
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

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

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

Follett Sponsors K12DigitalDecisions.com Website

Follett Library Resources and Follett Software, part of the Follett School and Library Group (FSLG) that also includes Follett Educational Services and Follett International - sponsored the website to serve as a one-stop resource for school and district librarians and administrators to find the information that will help them create the best digital strategy customized to their specific needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Aug 2012

EBSCO Publishing Releases New Version of EBSCOhost Mobile

With ease of use and more functionality, the new EBSCOhost Mobile will provide users with an improved search experience for accessing EBSCOhost databases and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) on the go, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2012

Kno Launches K-12 Digital Textbooks

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Kno have partnered to introduce enhanced K-12 content at introductory rental prices from $9.99 or less.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Aug 2012

New Data from StudyBlue Reveals Shift Toward Mobile Studying

Students have logged a 10-fold increase in study minutes on mobile devices over the past year, according to the data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 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

SIIA Vision K-20 Survey Finds Technology Progress in U.S. Schools and Universities

The 2012 survey reflects a desire for growth in Vision K-20 goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 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

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

EBSCO Publishing Releases Nine New Audiobook Collections

The latest audiobook sets focus on niche areas of fiction and nonfiction. These collections contain a wide variety of materials from best sellers such as the Hunger Games trilogy and Tina Fey's Bossypants to recently digitized classics such as Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter. With these latest sets, particular attention was given to very specific areas of interest to public library patrons. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2012

Panarea Digital Announces Launch of Nearpod

Now available for free on the App Store, Nearpod allows teachers to create and share interactive lessons, receive feedback on student device use, assess learning in real time, and personalize instruction for students who are logged into the Nearpod Student app. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2012

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 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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Totally Aligned

As textbooks give way to digital content and the Common Core standards ripple outward across more than 45 states, how best to align instruction with learning goals and assessments is an issue that lingers on educators' minds. These companies understand this well and have provided tools to help.
Editorial/Features - 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

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

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

Cool Links: Gale Aims to Transform the Online Library Experience with Gateways

Gale Cengage has a new idea it's trying out in the public library realm that we should observe. It's Gale Gateways, "designed to represent the unique way in which a community interacts with its public library." Find out about it through these "cool links."
News/Cool Links - 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

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

Interview | Watching Over Your Gaggle With Jeff Patterson

As the founder of Gaggle.Net, Jeff Patterson has led the company's technology team for the past 9 years and is well- versed in the intersection of media literacy and web security. In this interview, Victor talks tech with Jeff for Internet@Schools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Into the Zone--Media Literacy and Security

"Kids these days. They're in the zone," says Victor Rivero. It's a media-saturation zone he's talking about, owing to the device-saturation that's keeping kids perpetually connected. Educators must offer guidance so kids can navigate through this zone, for reasons of safety, security, and efficacy. Victor proffers the tools that can help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

myON reader from Capstone Digital Goes Mobile

The personalized literacy environment that provides access to a large integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports is now available on Kindle Fire. myON reader users can securely login through myON.com and have full access to the platform using the Amazon tablet.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Feb 2012

Knovation (Formerly netTrekker) Launches icurio Digital Curriculum Content Solution

The icurio solution is designed to break down barriers to learning and transform the way teachers teach and students learn in a modern-day educational environment, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 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

Pearson Offers First Look at Its New Suite of Interactive Books for iPad

At FETC in Orlando, Pearson showcased the first wave of high school multimedia texts re-imagined for the iPad: Miller & Levine Biology, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Environmental Science, with Chemistry and Algebra 2 following in a few weeks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2012

Pearson Launches PowerSchool Mobile for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Now available on the App Store, these apps provide real-time access to attendance, grades, assignments, scores, and more to the 10 million students and their parents whose schools use PowerSchool, Pearson's web-based student information system.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 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

National PBS Survey Finds Teachers Want More Access to Classroom Tech

Cost is the biggest barrier, according to the survey results, pointing to the need for free digital classroom resources such as those from PBSLearningMedia.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 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

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

THE PIPELINE: Elearning and Libraries--Critical Questions Librarians Need to Ask

There are huge opportunities to improve the learning experience with elearning. As elearning environments improve and evolve, we're discovering more and more about how to implement them at all levels of education. That said, there are some critical questions librarians need to ask about our role in the elearning space. Stephen posits a few he feels are essential to be concerned about.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

Learning Together: The Evolution of a 1:1 iPad Program

At Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, an iPad pilot initiative is exploring how a new portable technology, in the hands of teachers and students, can affect teaching and learning. Librarian Carolyn Foote describes how they are proceeding, keeping a close eye on what is working and what the impacts of the project are.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: How to Manage All That Learning

A learning management system (LMS) is the Holy Grail of education: an online system to manage it all. In this month's Tools for Learning feature, writer Victor Rivero names a range of companies that have ventured into this territory, along with the products and services they offer.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

StudyBlue Data Suggests Mobile Users Study More and Cram Less Than Website Users

An infographic developed by StudyBlue demonstrates several benefits for students who power-up their smartphones for study sessions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 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

THE PIPELINE: Whither the Textbook? Opportunity Knocks, LOUD

The textbook is evolving, to say the least. Stephen is excited by the opportunities this presents for educators. So this month's column explores the opportunity to enhance a learner's experience and success with next-generation textbooks.
Column/The Pipeline - 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

Interview With Julie Young: Staying Human in a Virtual School State

Julie Young is president and CEO of Florida Virtual School, now one of the largest public online school districts in the U.S. In this interview by Victor Rivero, we take a closer look at this virtual school and hear what its leader has to say about the field of virtual learning.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What’s New in Online Teaching and Learning? Solution Providers Improving Student Achievement

Online education is a $34 billion industry, and it has been growing by an astronomical rate. Today, says author Victor Rivero, elearning is a paradigm shift. Here are some of the companies he's identified as being on board with this 21st-century transformation.
Editorial/Features - 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

Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up 2011 Survey Open through December 23rd

Students, parents and teachers can share their opinions on schools; more than 23,000 schools have pre-registered from all 50 states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2011

OverDrive and Amazon Launch Kindle Compatibility with Library Ebooks

In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend ebooks for the Amazon Kindle.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Sep 2011

Don Johnston Announces Bookstream for Ebook Delivery

Bookstream makes it easy for educators to hop on the internet, upload ebooks and share them with students for anytime reading, the announcement states. It was designed to help educators comply with IDEA 2004 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) that require schools to deliver core curriculum in accessible formats to support students with disabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 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 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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: An Ebook Update—The Latest Sources, Resources, and Options

The e-everything revolution charges ahead in the education realm. This month, Victor Rivero reprises and updates the discussion he started last year in his article "E Is for Explosion: E-Readers, Etextbooks, Econtent, Elearning, E-Everything."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

Electronic Resources and Etextbooks in the High School Curriculum: Creating a Flexible, Inclusive, Dynamic 21st Century Classroom

Teacher and information technology integrator Craig McMichael reports on successful efforts at his school to integrate Cengage Learning ebooks and other electronic resources into the everyday fabric of learning … largely in place of print-based textbooks.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

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

CoSN Releases Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition Toolkit

Produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC), the Report details emerging technologies likely to have a significant impact on teaching and learning around the globe. The Toolkit is geared toward education leaders who wish to learn more about and further the dialogue on the emerging technologies identified in the Report and their potential to re-imagine K-12 education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 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

ITI Cross Links: Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA

Information Today, Inc.'s news bureau chief and NewsBreaks editor Paula Hane has posted a report on the ALA summer conference and news emanating from it.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 07 Jul 2011

ITI Cross Links: Cengagement—Cengage Acquires National Geographic School Publisher

Marydee Ojala, editor of Information Today, Inc.'s ONLINE magazine, posted a NewsBreak recently on Cengage's acquisition of a component of National Geographic that will be of interest to the K-12 community.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 01 Jul 2011

Discovery Education's Digital Textbook Launching in Classrooms Across the Country This Fall

The company's Interactive Science Techbook replaces print textbooks as a primary instructional resource.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 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

DRM-Free eBooks from O’Reilly to Be Distributed Via OverDrive’s Global Network

1,500 digital books for software developers to be available for booksellers, libraries and schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 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

Britannica Announces New Ebook Service for Schools, Libraries

From Britannica Digital Learning, the service enables students in elementary school through college to easily access hundreds of high-quality books on the subjects they're studying.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2011

CoSN Releases New EdTechNext Report on eContent

The report explores the transformative role of eContent in today's K-12 classroom and examines its educational impact, highlighting how one school district has successfully leveraged eContent and mobile device strategies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2011

ITI Cross Links: EBSO Acquires H.W. Wilson--Leaves Bronx Lighthouse Behind

We recently posted the EBSCO/H.W. Wilson merger announcement, but want to point you now to the full report on the acquisition that ONLINE Magazine's Marydee Ojala has written, over at Informatin Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 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

EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson Make Joint Merger Announcement

Two long-time industry leading vendors come together with goal of improving services for libraries, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2011

CDW-G Releases Results of Cloud Computing Tracking Poll

The poll assesses current and future cloud computing use in business, government, healthcare and education based on a survey of 1,200 IT professionals familiar with their organizations' use of, or plans for, cloud computing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 May 2011

OverDrive Announces Acceleration of Global eBook Distribution to K-12 & Higher Ed Channels

Hundreds of school, college, and university libraries worldwide now offer digital books via OverDrive.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2011

Cool Links: Why the first true post-PC era device isn't the iPad. It's the Chromebook.

So the announcement about Google's Chromebook is out! And so is a river of informed commentary. Read this to find a really good take on the device and what it means, or might mean, ... or ...
News/Cool Links - Posted 13 May 2011

SIIA Calls for Participants in 2011 Vision K-20 Survey

Sponsored by the organization's Education Division, the Vision K-20 Survey gives educators, administrators, and faculty members from K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions the opportunity to take a short, online survey to evaluate their current technology use.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 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

THE PIPELINE: Way Cool Stuff in the Pipeline

Stephen goes out on a limb to talk about stuff that's just plain exciting and not (yet) purely practical, with video links for all. Consider 3D printing, gesture computing, augmented reality, and more.
Column/The Pipeline - 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

Project Tomorrow Releases Report on Usage of Emerging Technologies for Education

The report, "The New 3 E's of Education: Enabled, Engaged and Empowered—How Today's Students are Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Learning," discusses finding and conclusions from Project Tomorrow's Speak Up 2010 survey of K-12 students and parents.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 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

Lexia Learning Releases Survey Results from ASCD

An informal survey of superintendents, supervisors, principals and teachers who attended the recent ASCD Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., suggests that educators feel they lack the data and instructional tools to deliver effective learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 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

ITI Cross Links: Cengage Learning Introduces new 'MindTap' Personal Learning Experience

Information Today, Inc. news bureau chief Paula Hane has written a NewsBreak article on MindTap, an enormously interesting new release from Cengage. "New category." "Personal Learning Experiences." Big claims! If it sounds exciting to you, we think it indeed is, so check out Paula's report.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 14 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

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

Edmodo

Edmodo gives teachers and students a secure and easy way to post classroom materials, share links and videos, and access homework, grades, and school notices. They can store and share all forms of digital content including blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, presentations, and more. Also included are features specifically for schools and districts that can be accessed for free by administrators.
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

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

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

OverDrive Releases Free iPhone, Android Apps for Downloading Ebooks, Audiobooks

The free apps include a "Get Books" feature that guides users to their local library's digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to browse, check out, and download with just their device.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2011

Center on Education Policy Survey Finds Momentum Building for Common Core State Standards

States that have signed onto common core state standards in English language arts and math are moving forward with little resistance, though full implementation is several years away for most of them, according to the survey.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2011

OverDrive Reports Libraries, Schools Play Leading Role in Ebook Boom

In 2010, patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhone, Android, Sony Reader, NOOK, and personal computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2011

Mobl21, from Emantras, Inc.

Mobl21 is an easy-to-use platform enabling educational mobility. With the editor, individual teachers, students, or institutions can create and share learning assets that complement formal courses, extending learning through the use of desktop widgets, social networking sites, and devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch. Facebook, iGoogle, Android, BlackBerry, and Flash Lite apps will be available soon.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Connected and Engaged

Online. Blended. Mobile. 21 st-century. Collaborative. Project-based. Any way you label it, learning is changing. We're now settling into an exciting new paradigm of connected, engaged learning. To get a sense of all this, take a look at the sites, services, and resources we've noted right here in this article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

Indiana and Louisiana Approve Discovery Education’s Digital Science Services for Statewide Use in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms

Each edition of the Discovery Education Science Techbook series is built from the ground up to address individual state standards and is intended to serve as the new primary instructional resource for Indiana and Louisiana elementary and middle schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Libraries Get Social—Social Media, That Is!

There's a quiet—or not so quiet—shift happening in school libraries across America. The social media revolution—reflected in all manner of shiny iPhone apps, blogs, Nings, Facebook pages, and other social networking tools, sites, and platforms—is real, and it's running like a loud line of students straight through the stacks, into the common areas, taking a sharp turn, and heading right on up to the teacher librarian/media specialist's desk. Are you ready for it? In this article, Victor Rivero addresses issues, answers, and resources to help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 29 Oct 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Cool Links: Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google

This Cool Links story points you to an article in Forbes from a while back that just came to our attention, on the need for quality school libraries/media centers. Its author is a business person rather than an educator, and is speaking to the business community, but with a message educators and parents would like as well.
News/Cool Links - Posted 27 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

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

Cognite, from Follett Software Co.

Victor Rivero reviews Cognite from Follett Software Co., a digital learning environment that integrates discovery and organization tools, collaboration, and communication.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

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

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

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

CoSN Releases New EdTechNext Report

"Managing Learning: Next-Generation Learning Systems" details how K-12 educators and administrators are using cutting-edge Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) to transform teaching and learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 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

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Announces Release of the 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts

The core subject map—the result of a collaboration between P21 and leading art, dance, music, theater, and visual arts associations—provides first-of-their-kind classroom examples of integrating the 'four Cs' into arts courses.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2010

SIIA 2010 Survey Finds U.S. Move Toward Vision for K-20 Education Remains a Work in Progress

The year-over-year findings show that school and university progress in technology and e-learning is neither swift nor easy.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jul 2010

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 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

The Etext in Action: Two Examples

For this story, Victor researched and describes a couple of real-life ways in which curriculum content is moving in the direction of an all-electronic format. He looks first at a school district's move to acquire interactive, digital textbooks from publishers in place of traditional paper-based books. Then he discusses Discovery Education's adaptation of its rich content into digital "basal textbook" format—but "basal textbooks" like you've never seen before!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: E Is for Explosion: E-Readers, Etextbooks, Econtent, Elearning, E-Everything

In "E Is for Explosion …" Victor Rivero sets the scene with an overview of recent happenings in the world of e-reading devices as well as etexts, then focuses in on more than 15 kinds of electronic texts and content and their producers/providers.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

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

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

ebrary Announces New Pilot Program for Public Libraries with Free Access for Local Schools

The new pilot program combines more than 20,000 ebooks from leading publishers under a simultaneous, multi-user access subscription model; free access for local public high schools; do-it-yourself epublishing tools; and complimentary marketing services.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2010

OverDrive to Release Ebook Reading Apps

The free applications are designed to integrate ebooks, audiobooks, and interactive and multimedia content into one application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2010

Gale Announces New iPhone Application for School Libraries

Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 May 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.
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THE TECH EFFECT: A New Kind of Book Club

Teachers are entrusted to provide a broad and lasting education to their students. That means, in part, exposing them to both many forms and many formats of literature. If we can help them to see the connections between those formats, then all the better. When we can lead them to see, understand, and thoughtfully combine print and nonprint formats as tools for their own expression of ideas and mastery, then we have begun to arm them with the tools necessary for lifelong learning. The faculty and staff of Chets Creek Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla., have managed to do just that, as Johanna Riddle demonstrates in this month's Tech Effect column.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Thinking About Ebooks

The ebook juggernaut is moving along like a train with no brakes, and it's raising so many issues. For this month's Pipeline column, Stephen Abram thought it would be useful to put down his thoughts on the subject, how users and learners will need to adapt, and how libraries and schools may need to adapt as well.
Column/The Pipeline - 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

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

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

A LOOK AT ... Online Learning Communities/Learning Management Systems

An online learning community is a place designed to help users achieve learning goals of some sort through collaborative partnerships, including varying degrees of social networking and internet-based and computer-mediated communication. Charlie Doe takes a look this month at some of the more formal versions of online learning communities—often called learning management systems (LMSs)—which are usually developed by professors or teachers to achieve academic goals via web-based services.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

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 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

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

Follett Digital Resources Signs Five More Publishers To eBook Distribution Agreements

With these agreements, a total of more than 62,000 K-12 and public library titles are now available for purchase online through parent company Follett's ecommerce sites, Titlewave and TitleTales.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2010

ITI Cross Links: Gale Reaches for More End Users With Questia Acquisition

The announcement was made late last week, and Information Today, Inc.'s news editor, Paula Hane, spoke with execs and Gale and Questia, plus with analysts and others, to quickly put together a NewsLink Spotlight story on the subject.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 01 Feb 2010

Learning A-Z, Language Technologies Offer PreK-6 Reading Education Materials via iTunes App Store

120 ReadingA-Z leveled readers are now available for purchase at Apple's iTunes App Store as ReadSmart Edition Apps. The catalog is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 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

SIIA Announces Opening of 2010 Vision K-20 Survey

Sponsored by the organization's Education Division, the Vision K-20 Survey gives educational institutions an opportunity to take a short, online survey to evaluate their current technology use.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2010

Using Technology to Drive Innovative Teaching and Learning: The Evolution of Reading and Language Arts

Educators have begun to shun the monolithic basal approach to teaching reading, opting for a more robust mix of specialized print and technology-based resources that provide intensive, dynamic, motivating methods that children embrace and enjoy. These print and technology tools must use student data as a cornerstone of an approach that intensifies and individualizes instruction. Find out more from Lexia Learning's Bob McCabe.
Editorial/Features - 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

Beaming the World Into Our Schools: Getting Into Interactive Videoconferencing

There is an economical way to introduce videoconferencing that involves inexpensive laptop computers and programs such as iChat, Skype, and ooVoo. A technology integration plan shared by a few pioneering districts in the author's area proves this point. Through it, schools have been able to make a serious commitment to the "new wave" of interactive technology at a minimal cost.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

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

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

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 PIPELINE: What Is in the Pipeline? Really! Part 2

In the September/October 2009 issue of MMIS, having noted (with some surprise) that most of today’s crop of elementary school students were born in or after 2000, Stephen Abram launched into the first of a 2-part series of musings on what their world will be like in the near and not-so-near term. Check it out if you missed it. And now … here’s Part 2.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Virtual Worlds for Kids—Good Fun, Good Educational Value

Sonja Plummer-Morgan and Lisa Neal-Shaw are public librarians from Maine who have explored the use of virtual worlds with very young—and not-so-very young—children. They have found sites very helpful in encouraging curiosity and enabling tech-learning behaviors such as online communication, collaboration, composition, traditional as well as 21st-century literacies, and more, to the extent that we wanted to share their insights with our readers in K–12 education settings.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Social Media in the Classroom—For Kindergartners (!) Through High Schoolers [Available Full-Text, Free]

Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, MySpace, Ning: How do we help our students learn the social skills needed to understand what it really means to live and participate in a global community? How do we incorporate this into our schools and classrooms? How do we keep ourselves and our students safe? Social networking sites are mainstream media for many tweens, teens, and adults. There are even social networking sites that attract kids as young as 5 years old. This is the reality of the world we live in, and schools should reflect this reality.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Cool Links: iPods Become Learning Tools at Shady Hills Elementary

A recent story in the St. Petersburg Times focuses on how a local elementary school has embraced the "kids' technology" and is pressing iPods into service for teaching and learning in multiple ways.
News/Cool Links - Posted 15 Oct 2009

ePals Launches ePals LearningSpace

The virtual workspace is designed to give districts greater control of social media and allow educators to create and manage collaborative groups across classrooms, schools, districts, and around the globe
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Oct 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Gains Signatories to National Action Agenda

More than 200 schools, districts, states, organizations and businesses have signed the National Action Agenda on 21st Century Skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 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

Tabula Digita Introduces Latest Version of DimensionM Muliplayer Video Game for Math

With expanded math content, improved reporting functionality, and new multimedia features, DimensionM combines technological advances in video game design with new research in math curriculum and instruction to provide an educational tool designed to increase student engagement, time on task, and achievement scores.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 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

THE PIPELINE: What Is in the Pipeline? Really! Part 1

It is not unlikely that the corpus of information that today's learners in grade four will encounter as adults will be doubling in minutes. That likelihood should provide pause for every educator. What is their world going to look like, and what are the skills, aptitudes, and competencies we need to be facilitating, teaching, and encouraging? Here, in Part 1 of a two-part series, are some thoughts on where things are and where they’re headed.
Column/The Pipeline - 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

ITI Cross Links: Anti Google Book Settlement Organizations Band Together in Open Book Alliance

Information Today, Inc.'s news editor Paula Hane is monitoring and reporting on the Google book settlement and proceeding relating to it. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 28 Aug 2009

Cool Links: The K-12 Web Archiving Program

From a scan of ResourceShelf listing in early August, we pick up on The K-12 Web Archiving Program, from the Library of Congress.
News/Cool Links - Posted 10 Aug 2009

AASL Announces Inaugural Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list honoring the top 25 internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jul 2009

BELLTONES: Cloud Crowd--You Belong Whether You Know It or Not!

Mary Ann Bell recently had the pleasure of attending WebWise 2009, a conference sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Miami’s Wolfsonian Museum, where one of the keynote addresses was all about “the cloud,” and other presenters used the term frequently. This month in Belltones, Mary Ann floats some ideas, definitions, concepts, and comments about cloud computing, word clouds, and more.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

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 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

NECC News: SIIA Survey Finds U.S. Making Some Progress Toward the Vision K-20 for Technology-Rich Schools and Universities

The findings reinforce the need for increased investment, leadership, and support to ensure the nation's educational system can innovate and compete.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 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

Florida Virtual School and 360Ed Launch 'Conspiracy Code' Online Game-Based High School Course

Conspiracy Code offers an original learning environment where students can strengthen higher-order thinking, written communication, problem-solving, and collaborative skills, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 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

ITI Cross Links: Wolfram Alpha--Semantic Search Is Born

It's the hot new ... what shall we call it? Search engine. No. Information tool? Maybe. How about "finding tool?" It's Wolfram Alpha. And as it's being written about by those in the information and search business, phrases like Web 3.0 and semantic search are coming into play. Woody Evans has written about it for Information Today. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 22 May 2009

CoSN Releases Study, 'Leadership for Web 2.0 in Education: Promise and Reality'

The new study underscores the importance of aligning the realities of the classroom with school leaders' positive outlook on Web 2.0 for learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2009

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

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

ITI Cross Links: Newsy.com Wants to Make You Smarter, Faster

Newsy.com's short video stories are actually digests of the range of news outlet reporting—print, TV, blogs … the whole gamut—on selected hot news topics. Theresa Cramer has written an Information Today NewsBreak on Newsy.com that offers a description and some interesting analysis of this company and its product. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 27 Apr 2009

After School in the Library Media Center

For one afternoon every week, Bob Hassett’s middle school library becomes a gamer’s paradise. Free snacks, loud music, Guitar Hero, and Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi. But even though it’s very much about gaming and hanging out, there’s so much more to it than that. Check out Bob’s feature to see what all the fun … and learning … is about.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Preparing for the New Media Literacies

There’s a sea change in how people around the world receive their news. Among other things, surveys show a strong increase in the role of internet news. When we think about our learners’ and our communities’ ability to receive and filter news on a local, national, and international scale, are we preparing them with the skills they need? Are we preparing our learners for the world that they will inevitably encounter? Stephen Abram weighs in on these questions in this month’s Pipeline.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

The TIGed Program: A Model for Taking Classrooms Global

Online “global classrooms” empower educators to leverage the power of social networking to create curriculum that is more interdisciplinary, more effective, and more relevant to students’ lives. The global classroom represents the future of learning—and the future is now! This article offers a nuts-and-bolts guide for developing a global classroom, using TakingITGlobal’s “virtual classroom” platform as a model. It begins by describing TakingITGlobal for Educators, or TIGed, and how it works; it then offers a step-by-step guide for educators who want to establish or modify their own online global classrooms.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

Cool Tools for Content Creation: More Than Blogs or Wikis [Available Full-Text, Free]

We live in a Web 2.0 world where everyone is capable of creating content and sharing it, not just accessing what someone else has created and shared. Tools to create content are now readily and freely (or somewhat inexpensively) available to the general population. Content creation tools can aid in instruction and teaching, providing another avenue for students to access and learn material. Want some ideas and products to play/teach with? Read on as Karen Klapperstuck and Robert Lackie provide you with a great rundown and roundup.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

Maryland Public Television, MIT Education Arcade, FableVision Launch Lure of the Labyrinth Online Math Game

Using the immersive characteristics of digital games, Labyrinth blends a storyline with multi-level puzzle play to build pre-algebra skills in several core areas: proportions - fractions and ratios; variables and equations; and numbers and operations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Feb 2009

ITI Cross Links: New eLibrary Interface Shows the Path for ProQuest

Searcher magazine editor Barbara Quint has another K-12-relevant NewsBreak we’d like to direct you to. She’s reported the news on ProQuest’s eLibrary interface in a January 15, 2009 story over at infotoday.com.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 15 Jan 2009

Cool Links: Role of School Libraries Changing in the 21st Century

All right, it’s not news to you that the role of school libraries is changing in the 21st century, but it’s nice to know that there are stories about this fact in the general press that reach the general public—your students’ parents. Here’s a link to one such story.
News/Cool Links - Posted 07 Jan 2009

Follett Digital Resources Signs Four More Publishers to eBook Distribution Agreements

With these agreements, a total of more than 51,000 K-12 and public library titles are now available for purchase online through parent company Follett’s ecommerce sites, Titlewave and Titletales.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009

BELLTONES: Do You Want Kids to Be Safe Online? LOOSEN Those Filters!

Mary Ann is on a mission to spread the word that Draconian filtering at schools is a practice that produces negative outcomes. So in this issue’s Belltones, she lays out more reasons for saying this is so ... and she challenges readers to make a New Year’s resolution to work for gaining more internet access for students and faculty members in K–12 schools.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Authentic, Technology-Based Activities in the Era of NCLB

Media specialists everywhere have stories to tell about teachers who believe they no longer have time to teach their favorite units, collaborate, or use technology in educationally sound or creative ways. The combination of NCLB and other demands have created a situation where teachers have little time or interest in using technology beyond basic instructional management and easy-to-implement instructional tasks they are comfortable with. But you can help by bringing your creative ideas to your teachers! Read about two such great ideas in this month’s Media Center.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

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

EBooks and 21st Century Learning

The potential of ebooks in schools can be forecast by the sheer popularity of ebooks in society in general. Over the last 5 years, ebooks are the only book publishing segment consistently showing double-digit sales increases. Why should librarians and other educators jump on this bandwagon? Twenty-first-century school libraries really must provide the tools and resources students need to develop technology and information literacy. Read Deborah McKenzie’s feature to learn more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Global Projects and Digital Tools That Make Students Global Learners [Available Full-Text, Free]

Today’s students are truly digital learners. Outside of school they are texting, using cell phones, creating social networks on the internet, and playing interactive games online; they often do all of these things at the same time—multitasking. They expect to use some of these tools when they are in school. Teachers can create new learning opportunities for students and turn classrooms into the 21st-century global classroom when they integrate technology into the learning environment. Read on to learn from Sheila Gersh just how teachers can begin to create such environments.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

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

ITI Cross Links: The Wisdom of Crowds of Librarians Is on the Way—In Time: Reference Extract

Searcher magazine editor Barbara Quint has done some research on the Reference Extract project involving OCLC and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington, which she reports in an ITI NewsBreaks story. It’s a much deeper and more thorough look than you may have seen yet, so we recommend the read.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 01 Dec 2008

Survey Commissioned by Thinkronize Shows More Than 85% of Principals and Teachers Want Web Resources to Help with Differentiated Instruction

The survey also found that more than 70% of principals and nearly 70% of teachers expressed a need for assistance in finding resources that meet state curriculum standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2008

Cool Links: Librarians Want to Out-Google Google With a Better Search Engine

Here’s a link to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education—Wired Campus section that reports on a cool project for and by librarians and involving OCLC and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington.
News/Cool Links - Posted 13 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

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

Educational Gaming—From Edutainment to Bona Fide 21st-Century Teaching Tool [Available Full-Text, Free]

Of our 53 million K–12 students, 51 million of them (or 93%) play video games, and neither that number nor the value the games they play should be dismissed. After all, these days there are games being produced by “a new crop of entrepreneur-developers who believe that today’s games must be anchored in more specific pedagogical design principles. They also believe that to stand the test of time, today’s games must not only engage but teach ,” says author and game developer Ntiedo Etuk. Read on. Find out more.
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

Information Today, Inc. Announces Publication of Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries

In the new ITI book, innovators describe pioneering library and educational projects in Second Life and other virtual environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 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

Follett Digital Resources Signs Four Publishers to eBook Distribution Agreements

The agreements bring to 46,900 the total number of K-12 and public library titles available for purchase online through parent company Follett’s ecommerce sites, Titlewave and Titletales.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2008

Cool Links: Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers

In an article in the New York Times book section, writer Motoko Rich looks into the concept of using video games to promote reading, and who’s getting on board (educators, librarians, authors, publishers) with it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 06 Oct 2008

Pew Publishes Study—Teens, Videogames, and Civics

The Pew Internet & American Life Project study asserts that game playing often involves social interaction and can cultivate teen civic engagement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2008

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases “21st Century Skills, Education & Competitiveness” Report

The report identifies an inherent link between a 21st century education system and economic success, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2008

Tabula Digita, Monsanto Fund, and ISTE to Develop Multiplayer, Interactive Science Video Game

The immersive educational game is intended to make learning science interesting, exciting, and fun for elementary school students, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Sep 2008

THE MEDIA CENTER: From Makeshift to Wow--Our New Media Centers

Students in Mary Alice Anderson's district are benefiting from new or renovated media centers in four of their nine schools, a significant part of the district's renewed emphasis on facilities improvements. The district opened two entirely new secondary media center constructions in 2000 and 2006; this summer a new elementary media center opened in completely renovated spaces and another relocated to improved spaces in former classrooms. In this column, Mary Alice looks at features that enhance the functionality and educational environment of these long overdue new facilities.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Promoting Reading Using This 2.0 Stuff

Our traditional practice with books is not as scalable as we and our users might want. How do we get book recommendations to scale as well in libraries as Amazon does on the web, but still aimed at our age cohorts? Traditional practice offers a personal touch with a human being. That needs to continue, but we can extend that personal touch beyond the walls. Since we really care about books (and reading), we can use the new tools on the web to put our services on steroids.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Virtual Environments and K–12 Education: A Tour of the Possibilities—Part 2

In the July/August issue of MMIS, Kelly Czarnecki started her "tour of the possibilities" of using virtual environments in K-12 education with a look at two projects based on/in Teen Second Life—Science in Second Life, and Suffern Middle School in Second Life. Here's the rest of the tour, visting Whyville, the River City Project, Quest Atlantis, and McClarin's Adventures.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Adapting Social Networking to Address 21st-Century Skills

From using Twitter to encourage short story writing to utilizing Delicious to organize professional development tips and favorite articles, the number of social networking tools and websites is increasing exponentially. We know educators use these 21st-century tools with students in all grade levels. The question remains, how­ever, whether and how these tools might be used to positively affect student understanding and achievement. "Yes," says ePals' Tim DiScipio, "these tools, when chosen thoughtfully, implemented appropriately, and combined with innovative pedagogy through internet-connected communities, can teach students the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century and expand their ability to communicate and collaborate in a global marketplace." Read on, learn more!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Social Networking and Your Library OPAC! [Available Full-Text, Free]

While many schools are blocking access to social networking applications on the internet, school library automation OPACs are beginning to provide such applications to students and staff. Barbara Fiehn talked with some library automation vendors and others about this emerging trend to see what they're up to, and with some school library media specialists to gain some insight to their hesitations and acceptance. Read on to see what she learned.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Free Resources: Global Kids' Online Community and Game, “Hurricane Katrina: Tempest in Crescent City”

To mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, youth leaders for Global Kids, Inc. have created an online community and game in conjunction with Game Pill, Inc., AMD, and Microsoft Corp.’s Partners in Learning where young people can engage in and experience the ongoing relief efforts in New Orleans.
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Aug 2008

ITI Crosslinks: ThinkeringSpace Project Aims to Provide a New Way to Play in the 21st Century

What do you get when you tinker with thinking … and playing … and technology? Well, one result would be the ThinkeringSpace project, which Information Today Inc.’s Kathy Dempsey reported on recently. It’s compelling. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 06 Aug 2008

ISTE Publishes New Version of Technology Standards for Teachers

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) releases the second edition of National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS*T) this month.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2008

Partnership for 21st Century Skills and National Council for the Social Studies Create Framework for Integrating 21st Century Skills into Social Studies Curriculum

The 21st Century Skills and Social Studies Map is the first in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policymakers. Other maps will be available for mathematics, English, geography, and science throughout 2008 and 2009.
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

Virtual Environments and K–12 Education: A Tour of the Possibilities—Part 1

The 2007 edition of the Horizon Report by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative predicted that in 2 to 3 years, virtual worlds will greatly impact teaching, learning, and creative expression. These scalable and highly creative environments are being used by educators all over the country in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways. This article offers a look at projects using virtual worlds that are currently “happening” in K–12 schools, what we’re learning from them, and what we can continue to learn by charging full steam ahead with these fascinating educational tools.
Editorial/Features - 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

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

The Real and the Virtual: Intersecting Communities at the Library [Available Full-Text, Free]

"Building community" is a powerful phrase and a tremendous responsibility for a library, and even more powerful is the experience of stepping back and seeing the community grow as a result of what you are doing to create new groups of people and new ways to share and discover information. As the technology education librarian for teens and youth at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) in North Carolina, Kelly Czarnecki believes creating virtual communities is an important aspect of this responsibility as participation in online communities is driven by advances in technology. Find out why, and how, in her article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Are Textbooks Becoming Extinct? Welcome to the Age of the Wikitext!

Imagine if textbooks were alive … living, changing, evolving, and improving … never out-of-date! … a textbook that would give students images, videos, and interactive tutorials about a subject, a vocabulary word, or a topic … a digital textbook that would be student-driven, a model for differentiated learning, and geared toward helping all students learn through visualization, interaction, and simulation. In the age of Web 2.0, all this and much more is possible. And it’s all at our students’ fingertips with just a click of a button. Welcome to the “Age of the Wikitext!”
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

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

Former Random House Editor in Chief Launches Internet Book Show ‘Titlepage.TV’

Former Senior Vice President and Executive Editor-in-Chief of Random House Daniel Menaker will serve as host and editorial producer. Each episode of the show will feature four writers discussing their new books in a roundtable format.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2008

Visual Learning Company (VLC) Launches Digital Science Collection for Use with iPods

Over 130 middle school and elementary full shows and 1,000 video clips are available in H.264 digital format, which uses the latest video compression technology to provide high quality video in a small file.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2008

THE PIPELINE: Scaffolding the New Social Literacies

On top of reading literacy and numeracy, civic literacy, and all the rest … now we're hearing that schools must expand the teaching of information literacy, computer literacy, media literacy, critical literacy, health literacy, technacy (yes, it's a word) and transliteracy (and yes, it's also a word!). And, they must do it all across the curricula. Enough already?? Well, despite the likelihood he'll encourage some slings and arrows, in this Pipeline column, Stephen Abram highlights an emerging, important, new literacy—online social literacy.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

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

Cool Links: 'Google Generation' is a myth, says new research

From our friends at ResourceShelf comes a description and pointers to a British Library/JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) report, "Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future," countering the assumption that today's young people are the most adept at using the web.
News/Cool Links - Posted 16 Jan 2008

ITI Crosslinks: We Find It All: Wikia's New Social Search Engine

Wikia, Inc., the for-profit cousin of the Wikimedia Foundation, launched the alpha release of its new search engine, Search Wikia, on January 7. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 14 Jan 2008

ITI Cross Links: Digication Adds e-Textbooks to e-Portfolios

Digication Inc., a provider of e-Portfolios, announced that it has partnered with Davis Publications, a provider of art education textbooks, to combine e-Portfolios and Web 2.0 technologies with the content found in traditional textbooks. (From Information Today, Inc.’s EContentmag.com)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 11 Jan 2008

Cool Links: Why Yahoo! Answers Is a Librarian's Worst Nightmare

As you can tell, this article in Slate online has little good to say about Yahoo's answer service. It's a good read!
News/Cool Links - 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 PIPELINE: Did You Hear That? The Internet Firmament Is Shifting

Stephen Abram travels a lot. When he returned from several months of voyaging around the world in 2006, the internet looked the same as it had on his departure. The same could not be said upon his return from his fall 2007 travels, however. In this month's column, Abram recounts internet-related events from late last year that suggest things are changing ... a lot!
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--To Blog or Not to Blog?

Mary Ann started her own blog recently and since then she has seen some comments that suggest the blogosphere may be imploding, exploding, or otherwise meeting its demise. So this month, with survey results in hand, she explores the question "To Blog or Not to Blog?"
Column/Belltones - 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

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

PISA 2006: U.S. Student Performance in an International Context

U.S. student scores were below the international average in science and math literacy, according to the 2006 findings of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Dec 2007

ITI CrossLinks: Internet2 and Libraries

Our sister publication Computers in Libraries has a great feature this issue on Internet2 by the associate director and director of the National Internet2 K20 Initiative. (From Information Today, Inc.'s Computers in Libraries magazine.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 26 Nov 2007

Knowledge Adventure Joins WeAreTeachers as an Affiliate Partner

The company will use the new social networking platform to enhance its teacher outreach efforts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2007

Open Learning Exchange Launches Global Content Library to Support U.N. Goal of Universal Basic Education by 2015

The organization is moving ahead with its Billion Kids Library following the launch of a center in Nepal and the announcement of the first annual conference in London in early 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2007

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--Email Is Still the Killer App

Email as a means of online communication has been around since the beginning of online communication. In fact, according to Ian Peters, it even predates ARPANET. He describes its infancy as a tool called, appropriately, MAILBOX, which was used as early as 1965 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today it is used by hundreds of millions of people. Mary Ann Bell asserts in this month's Belltone's that it's still the killer app!
Column/Belltones - 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

Virtually a New Way of Learning: Video and Simulations as Teaching Tools [Available Full-Text, Free]

With end-of-grade, back-to-basics, multiple-choice testing for the masses and mechanical instruction methods, there’s growing concern that children are not learning to problem solve as much as they are mastering memorization of isolated facts in order to answer test questions. Yet, when they get home from school, children eagerly devour new information and concepts through the virtual environments of video games. In what I call a stealth-learning environment, children develop skills that connect and manipulate information in the virtual worlds of video games without really knowing that they’re learning.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

"Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" Launched During AASL National Conference

AASL hopes that these standards will provide a foundation for a strong library media program in every school, where students will research expertly, think critically, problem-solve well, read enthusiastically, and use information ethically.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2007

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

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

Cool Links: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education

By way of ResourceShelf comes this reference to an intriguing new bibliography, "It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, but How You Play the Game: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education."
News/Cool Links - Posted 03 Sep 2007

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

Tapping the Tools of Teen Culture in the LMC [Available Full-Text, Free]

While our students might be able to click through Web sites with ease and change the layouts of their MySpace profiles in the blink of an eye, there are still many things we can teach them about the read/write Web. There are also many ways we can teach our students using the read/write Web. Underlying these opportunities is the possibility to use the read/write Web to discuss the issues of authorship, authenticity, and the production of information—all topics for rich discussions of information literacy. This article provides a review of some of the best online tools you can use to excite teachers and to prepare students to be active agents in today’s participatory culture.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

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

NSBA Releases Study on Student and School District Internet Use

Nearly all students with online access—96 percent—use social networking technologies such as chatting, text messaging, blogging, and online communities such as Facebook, MySpace, and Webkinz, according to a new study released by the National School Boards Association and Grunwald Associates LLC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2007

YALSA Examines Studies on Youth and Library Use

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, recently turned the spotlight on two recent surveys that illustrate progress in staffing and use of library services for young adults.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2007

CDW-G School Safety Index Findings Released

The research project benchmarking the current status of public school district safety shows that safety barriers loom large and students often hinder security efforts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2007

Cool Links: A Hipper Crowd of Shushers

Here's a Cool Link all about librarians ... in the Fashion section of the New York Times online, no less!
News/Cool Links - Posted 11 Jul 2007

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

Take a Field Trip Without Leaving the Classroom: Museums, Zoos, and Interactive Videoconferencing [Available Full-Text, Free]

Educational videoconferencing has come a long way over the years. It started out very slowly, and, in recent years, there has been a burst of interest on the part of museums and zoos in providing their educational programs via this medium. As schools find it more difficult and more expensive to take their students on physical field trips, students are missing out on the phenomenal resources that these cultural institutions have to offer. When gas prices began to rise, local museums found that even schools in the neighborhood were unwilling to spend their precious fuel budgets bussing students off-site. Those in the museum community chose to take this as a sign that they should begin to promote their distance learning efforts.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

CoSN Case Studies: The Value of Ed Tech Investment

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released two new case studies, illustrating how school districts in Iowa and Wisconsin measured and assessed the costs and benefits of planned technology projects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2007

ISTE Ed Tech Standards: The Next Generation

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) unveiled an update to its National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S) at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2007

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

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

Free Resources: ISTE Releases Digital Equity Report

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released an examination of issues related to digital equity in education including equal access to technology, resources and services.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 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

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

ebrary Signs Five New Publishing Partners Including ABC-CLIO and Temple University Press

These new publishing partners will allow their content to be available to libraries worldwide through the ebrary platform, under a variety of pricing and access models.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2007

THE MEDIA CENTER: Early Technology, Why We Love It, and What We Learned from It

Mary Alice spent part of New Year's Day setting up her new computer and putting obsolete technology in storage—floppy disks, applications for earlier operating systems, assorted wires and cables, and even old automation system disks that ran on a 48K Apple II! The occasion led to reminiscing and wondering what memories other media specialists have of outdated technologies. A quick post on LM_NET brought an instant response; apparently, many media specialists were eager to share their fond memories and favorite experiences with the technology they experienced as technologist pioneers.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Building Student Data Literacy: An Essential Critical-Thinking Skill for the 21st Century

Traditionally, we have defined literacy as the ability to read and write. However, 21st-century literacy has moved beyond that into the realm of possessing the critical-thinking skills necessary to delve into information or data and figure out what it really means. Students need the ability to synthesize and evaluate data and to create new information and knowledge after they have determined its quality. To prepare our students to be informed, successful citizens, we must teach them to see beyond numbers and simple functions. They must have the skills to evaluate and analyze the data put before them. In other words, they must also be data-literate. Dr. Glenda Gunter offers strategies for building data literacy and a great deal more in her article.
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

Collaboration in Today’s Classrooms: New Web Tools Change the Game [Available Full-Text, Free]

Technology is playing a key role in various types of communication within the classroom today, changing the way communication takes place in a way that is having a real impact on learning. A different breed of technology, leveraging the power of simplistic Web 2.0 design principles, is proving to finally break through with a real impact on students and teachers. Technology such as online learning communities is proving to offer a more dynamic learning experience, with direct benefit to students and teachers. It’s a refreshing change for educators who have struggled with the complexity, cost, and practicality of the last generation of technology tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

ITI Cross Links: NOAA Lab Opens 3-D Earth Site in Second Life

NOAA has developed a government-sponsored earth science “island” in the rapidly growing online world of Second Life. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 30 Apr 2007

Cool Links: ResourceShelf Comments on “Wikipedia Users—A New Report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project”

ResourceShelf editors point to the new Pew report in this ResourceShelf listing AND add an article full of interesting and thoughtful reactions, insights, and musings about it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 25 Apr 2007

Cool Links: Don't Tell Your Parents--Schools Embrace MySpace

The Wired.com article we point to here focuses on social networking sites and their uses in educational settings, mainly discussing the open-source social networking software Elgg.
News/Cool Links - Posted 19 Apr 2007

U.S. Department of Education Study: Educational Software May Not Raise Test Scores Significantly

Test scores were not significantly higher in classrooms using selected reading and mathematics software products than those in control classrooms, according to a new study released by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Apr 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

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

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 PIPELINE: Shooting Themselves in the Foot

In the world of education, writes Stephen Abram in this month's Pipeline, "the best path is to start by asking ourselves a simple question: ‘What will [our students'] world look like?'" Walling tools and components of the Internet—which will be a part of their world—out of our schools doesn't sound to Stephen like following the best path. So, being an affirmative fellow, he offer a turnaround policy!
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

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

Muzzy Lane Software Announces Teacher Innovation Program

To support teachers who want to explore use of video games in education, Muzzy Lane Software has created the MAKING HISTORY Innovative Teacher Challenge, open to all high school history teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 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

A LOOK AT ... Elementary-Level Software and Webware

This article begins with a look at some examples of the excellent smaller, more narrowly focused elementary programs available on CD and moves on to examples of some of the outstanding, more far-reaching programs available via the Web or a network of some type. As usual, Charlie Doe has the category covered in this latest roundup.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Justifying the Social Tools--Improving the Conversation

Mindful of the safety and security issues surrounding social networking, Stephen Abram nontheless has plenty of good to say about the popular phenomenon. In this month's Pipeline, he talks about, and guides readers to resources about, positiveeducational uses of social networking.
Column/The Pipeline - 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

An Author in Every Classroom [Available Full-Text, Free]

Multimedia online technologies now offer an unprecedented ability to enable every student, teacher, and even every family to "meet" the authors of books they are reading. If you have ever seen an author speak or have hosted authors in your school, you have experienced the impact meeting an author has on a personal relationship to a book. It humanizes the book, it reveals the person and personality that created it, and more. This article highlights specific ways you can replicate these personal connections to authors and illustrators by optimizing a variety of multimedia and online technologies.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

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

ITI Cross Links: Microsoft Launches Live Search Books

Greg Notess has a full report on the launch of the beta version of Microsoft's books database. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 12 Dec 2006

Cool Links: Google Launches Literacy Project

Google’s Literacy Project Web site, launched during the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, is “a resource for teachers, literacy organizations, and anyone interested in reading and educations … ”
News/Cool Links - Posted 04 Dec 2006

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

Cool Links: Google Joins Rollyo, Yahoo, and Microsoft Live Search in Allowing Users to Create Customized Domain Specific Search Tools

That’s a long, dry article title, but the article on ResourceShelf is not long, just good and useful … and the concept it covers is cool.
News/Cool Links - Posted 30 Oct 2006

Cool Links: In Teens' Web World, MySpace Is So Last Year

Washington Post staff writer Yuki Noguchi takes a look at MySpace and other online teen social sites in this article in the Sunday, October 29, edition of the newspaper.
News/Cool Links - Posted 30 Oct 2006

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

Internet Age and Identity Verification System for Kids Launched by NetIDme Ltd

The technology will help prevent Internet “grooming” and make social networking and communicating online safer, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2006

IPREPpress Partners With Publishers to Bring E-Books to iPods

Content providers in the partnerships include Merriam-Webster, Encyclopedia Britannica, Gareth Stevens, and Spark Notes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2006

America’s Digital Schools: A Five Year-Forecast

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 15 Jul 2006

Final Report of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries

In the July/August issue of MMIS, Katherine Lowe wrote about the work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries and its preliminary report, in The Work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries. In that article we promised an online update on the Task Force’s Final Report, which was due just as Katherine’s article was to appear in print. That final report has been completed, and Katherine has been kind enough to supply this story and links to the report itself.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jul 2006

THE PIPELINE: What Can MySpace Teach Us in School Libraries?

Always looking for relevance to the field in what's "now" and what's ahead, Stephen Abram notes this month that, in his view, "social networking personal Web sites are not a fad but a strong, long-term trend. Why do I think this? Fads don't evolve; trends do. These social creations on the Web are evolving quickly." Further, he writes, "The sites contain the seeds of changes that will reshape our world. Indeed, they're the next step in group work!" Read on!
Column/The Pipeline - 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

The Changing Face of the Scholarly Web: Finding Free, Quality, Full-Text Articles, Books, and More! [Available Full-Text, Free]

The scholarly Web is getting noticed more because of new digitization initiatives underway and the enormous publicity search leaders are receiving for their fledgling work. Many librarians and researchers seem to be pleasantly surprised by the continually changing face of the scholarly Web and its freely available quality full-text offerings. This article brings together pertinent resources on the free Web of interest to anyone, including librarians and other educators, who conducts research and would like to easily supplement their currently available holdings, in print and electronic formats and via commercial vendors’ fee-based subscription databases, within their own libraries.
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

ITI Cross Links: My Homework's Done--Can Imbee on My Blog?

Imbee.com is a blogging site for children ages 8 to 14. What!!??? you're saying. Not safe!! Well, with all the concern over kids posting and publishing to the Web, it's worth reading the EContent article by Jared Bernstein to see how the imbee.com folks create an environment they say is safe even for kids that young. (From Information Today, Inc.’s EContent magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 13 Jun 2006

Cool Links: Blog Postings About DOPA

Here’s a sampling of thought about the “Deleting Online Predators Act” from some of the best known ed. tech. bloggers. If you’re not up on this, reading these posts will quickly fill you in.
News/Cool Links - Posted 18 May 2006

Muzzy Lane Software Reports Improved Student Outcomes After Historical Simulation Game Use

Students using the multiplayer videogame about the political and economic causes of World War II reportedly achieved higher test scores than students learning the same material more traditionally.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 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

ITI Cross Links: The Terrible Twos—Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and More

Flummoxed by all the references to Web 2.0, Internet 2.0, Library 2.0, etc.? Clarification is on the way. In this article, ONLINE magazine columnist Greg Notess discusses and sorts out the 2.0’s (From Information Today, Inc.’s ONLINE magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 01 May 2006

EDITOR'S NOTES: Toward the Cutting Edge

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

BELLTONES: Filtering Woes Redux

Another article on filtering? Well, Mary Ann Bell writes, "Truth is, I did not go looking for this topic. It reached out and grabbed me while I was looking for information about something else. While researching general computer use in schools and libraries, I noticed the topic of filtering to be a continuing issue." There are lots of stories and further "troubling trends" she writes about in this round of Belltones.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Got a Media Center Design or Remodel in Your Future?

In Mary Alice Anderson's district, the high school media center is getting a makeover. As always, Mary Alice was in the thick of the process, serving on the district committee as they began planning. In this month's Media Center column, she shares wisdom gained, particularly from the committee's tour of a dozen new or recently remodeled facilities in the region.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Proof Is in the Podding

Stephen Abram has been following the Duke University experiment of providing iPods to all students ... and a lot more that's been going on with iPods in education. iPods represent, he asserts, a bellwether technology. In this column he discusses why and lays out a host of educational activities the technology lends itself to.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

The Potential of Gaming on K–12 Education

Instead of students thinking through adventure plots for their game avatar, says Patrick Greene, educators are interested in having students learn to think through real-life adventure plots that will help them acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will help them to become successful in life. Invoking the work of the likes of Roger Schank, Chris Dede, and Bernie Dodge, Greene discusses the evolution of online gaming/simulations to where it meets these educators' aspirations.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

Social Networking: A New Tech Tool and a New Security Concern for Teens and Schools [Available Full-Text, Free]

Student usage of social networking sites sites has become one of the hottest tech issues for schools this year. Clearly, social networking presents challenges for schools, and Joanne Barrett's article will help you understand the phenomenon--what it is; what it means for kids, parents, and teachers; what the benefits can be, what dangers it poses, and more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

Cool Links: Another Lee Rainie/Pew Internet & American Life Project Presentation—Teens and Technology

Rainie's speech to the Public Library Association covered "the eight realities of technology and social experience that are shaping the world of today's teens and twenty-somethings."
News/Cool Links - Posted 27 Apr 2006

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

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

ITI Cross Links: Wikipedia and Britannica—The Kid’s All Right (And So’s the Old Man)

Over at Barbara Quint’s Searcher magazine, information professional Paula Berinstein has written an article that delves deeply into both these products … who uses them, who writes for them, what they’re trying to be, how their articles are produced, their reliability, and more. (From Information Today, Inc.’s Searcher magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 03 Mar 2006

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 PIPELINE: E-Support for Content Creation and Literacy Skills

Stephen Abram writes in this month's Pipeline, "While we may be seeing some learner resistance to traditional writing and creation activities, maybe we can increase their engagement in learning good writing, editing, and information literacy competencies by aligning some of the projects with a Web-based option." Among the options he discusses are social networking, blogs, wikis, and photo sharing.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Bookbinders: Fusing Technology, Image, and Literature [Available Full-Text, Free]

In this article, Johanna Riddle offers four elementary-level projects that use technology as the mortar of interdisciplinary and inter-literacy learning. Some of the technology applications are as simple as scanning an image or clicking a digital camera. All four of these projects spring from works of literature that are common to most school media centers. They follow a framework that includes introducing a work of literature, learning a technology process, providing reading and working time, self-evaluation, and group discussion of outcomes The communication skills garnered by the students build on each other from project to project and year to year.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

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

THE PIPELINE: Thinking About Phones

In thinking about phones, Stephen Abram asks, "So, what does it mean when I see a short video of a kid keyboarding over 40 words per minutes with his thumbs on his phone? What does it mean when I call 411 and get Silicon Sally, who is just a computer but asks me questions and (mostly) understands and answers? And what's this got to do with learners?" And then he gives some answers!
Column/The Pipeline - 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

ITI Cross Links: Library of Congress Launches Global “Rare Book” Digitization Project with Google Donation

Barbara Quint, editor of Searcher magazine and well-known observer of and commentator on the information industry, has written about LC’s project in an ITI NewsBreak published this week. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 28 Nov 2005

Cool Links: “Shifting Worlds” Internet Librarian Keynote by Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project

In “Shifting Worlds,” Rainie documents some of the Project’s latest findings on how … and how much … the Internet is affecting our lives.
News/Cool Links - Posted 10 Nov 2005

FAS Hosts Summit on Educational Games

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) recently hosted a Summit on Educational Games in Washington, DC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Nov 2005

THE PIPELINE: Paper and E-Paper

Always peering ahead, Stephen Abram discusses e-paper and e-ink technology this month, including a "here and now" form of e-paper from Sony, in his Pipeline column.
Column/The Pipeline - 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

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

ITI Cross Links: Microsoft Launches Book Digitization Project--MSN Book Search

Barbara Quint, editor of Searcher magazine and well-known observer of and commentator on the information industry, has written about Microsoft’s MSN Book Search and placed it in the larger context in an ITI NewsBreak published this week. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 31 Oct 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

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

ALA Finds DOE NCES Report Demonstrates Need for Funding School Library Programs

While the March 2005 report “Fifty Years of Supporting Children’s Learning: A History of Public School Libraries and Federal Legislation from 1953-2000” from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows gains to libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) sounds a cautionary note in a recent announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 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

ITI Cross Links: Generosity and Copyright--Creative Commons and Creative Commons Search Tools

These days, students are creating reports, portfolios, presentations, or other works that need to incorporate—legally, but without enormous hassles—multiple media “objects” such as music, voice, video, images, and more. Laura Gordon-Murnane’s Searcher article explains how “librarians now have a useful tool they can use to help identify content that patrons might want to use in a podcast, a mash-up, a collage, a video contribution to a blog, a document, a presentation, or whatever.” (From Information Today, Inc.’s Searcher magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 25 Jul 2005

More News from NECC: Market Data Retrieval’s K-12 Technology Review Highlights Current Trends and Future Projections

MDR’s report features the latest data on purchasing practices and preferences and on teachers’ use of e-mail.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

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

THE PIPELINE: Small Size, Big Impact--Three Stories

Stephen Abram recounts several stories--under the headings "Tiny Gifts," "Tiny Libraries," and "Tiny Apps"--around the theme that small actions, or small technologies, can have a very large impact in the library and information world, and in the broader world as well.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

The Voice of the Vendors: Futures in School Library Automation, Part 2

This article—Part 2 of Barbara Fiehn's two-part series on a group of library systems vendors that are active in the K–12 realm—reflects interviews with vendors who work with a wide range of library environments: Mandarin Library Automation, The Library Corporation (TLC), Innovative Interfaces, and Sirsi Corporation were asked to talk about current and future developments in library automation.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

E-Book Resources for the School Library [Available Full-Text, Free]

For this article, Audrey Church surveyed a number of e-book providers about their offerings to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the free and fee-based e-book content that's available today, as well as the sophisticated ways that content can be presented, searched, and otherwise worked with. Read on to see what's available from Project Gutenberg, Bartleby.com: Great Books Online, International Children's Digital Library, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Greenwood Publishing Group-eBooks, Follett Library Resource Company, Questia, and more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

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

ITI Cross Links: Library of Congress Joins Internet2

The LOC will connect to one of Internet2’s high performance networks; one benefit will be to its educational outreach programs. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 31 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

ITI Cross Links: Searching Books Between the Covers

ONLINE magazine columnist Greg Notess has taken a sophisticated and up-to-date look at new, free full-text search choices offered by your favorite search and book sites … search choices that enable you to get inside e-books, and not just those in the public domain. (From Information Today, Inc.’s ONLINE magazine.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 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

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

The Voice of the Vendors: Futures in School Library Automation, Part 1

For this article, author Dr. Barbara Fiehn spoke with four vendors—Follett, Sagebrush, Companion Corp., and Dynix—to determine what, in their estimation, would be "coming soon," what would be coming "within five years," what the salient trends to watch might be, and what else mattered in the world of library automation for K-12. (Note that she’ll be speaking with another group of auto­mation vendors for their perspectives in Part 2 of this story, for the July/August 2005 issue.)
Editorial/Features - 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

Cool Links: Testing Computer (and Information) Literacy

On NPR’s Morning Edition is a story on students’ ability, or lack of ability, in the areas of information and computer literacy, sparked by the fact that ETS is piloting an assessment test for those skills.
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 Apr 2005

Northwest Evaluation Association Announces Study on Effects of NCLB

The report indicates that student achievement has improved, but that the growth rate for that improvement has declined.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2005

CoSN, MINDS, WebAIM Collaborate to Provide Streaming Videos for 2005 CoSN Conference

News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2005

Metametrics Report Reveals High School Reading Gap

News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2005

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

Virtual School Libraries­--The Time is Now! [Available Full-Text, Free]

The free Internet, subscription databases, and e-books make information available outside of physical library walls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the proliferation of information in electronic format, virtual school libraries must be entities of the present, not the future. We must provide access to quality resources and instruction in how to use them, virtually! Learn more and discover virtual school libraries that represent Best Practices in the field in Audrey Church's article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

Cool Links: All About ISBN-13

News/Cool Links - Posted 28 Feb 2005

Cool Links: NPR Story—“Wikipedia’s Growth Comes with Concerns”

News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Feb 2005

EDUCAUSE Publishes Free E-Book on Educating the Net Generation

News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2005

AASL Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills

News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2005

Cool Links: The Media Center at the Heart of the School

News/Cool Links - Posted 09 Feb 2005

Under Reauthorized IDEA Act, XML Will Aid Blind and Visually Impaired

News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Feb 2005

New Research Finds District Leadership Can Drive Formative Assessment Success, Student Achievement

News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2005

EDITOR'S NOTES: Year Two of New Content, New Conferences ... and More

Column/Editor’s Notes - 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

THE PIPELINE: The Top Five Priorities for School Libraries and Their Disctricts

We now have some pretty good track records on some new technologies that make access to information—both physical and intellectual access—simpler and, therefore, we hope, better. Hurdles to that access exist in both the physical and virtual worlds. Requiring a PC or specific browser to access information sets a hurdle in place in the virtual environment. Requiring information to be used within a library during specific hours is a hurdle of sorts too. Here are five key technologies that improve access in one way or another, or both.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Keyboards, Quill Pens, and the Future of Work

I have a theory. I think we have to prepare our students for the world they will encounter—not the one we suffered through. Sounds obvious, but so often we seem to forget. This came home to me in a recent experience that reminded me of my own school life.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By
 
 
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