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December 06, 2005

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Free Resources: The Baldwin Online Children's Literature project
ITI Cross Links: ProQuest Launches Black Studies Center
Northwest Evaluation Association and CompassLearning Announce Alliance
MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools East Preliminary Conference Program Now Available
Benchmark Education Company Announces Educational Leader Online Learning Community
Knowledge Adventure Delivers Reading Readiness Software
ITI Cross Links: Library of Congress Launches Global “Rare Book” Digitization Project with Google Donation
MMIS Xtra News: Complete November/December 2005 MultiMedia & Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

Free Resources: The Baldwin Online Children's Literature project

Occasionally we find pearls for the K-12 LMS community in the weekly Scout Report from the Internet Scout Project. That's definitely true for an item in last week's issue.

From the December 2, 2005 Scout Report's reference to The Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project:

The mission of the Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project is to bring together a wide selection of literature for children from the period from 1880 to 1920. … First-time visitors to the site will want to read an introductory piece offered here that explains how the site works, and then proceed to one of the 256 books that are currently part of the archive. Some of these titles include classic works by Beatrix Potter, Clara Dillingham Pierson, and M. B. Synge…

Link to the Scout Report's complete description HERE, and from there, link on to the Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project itself. You'll be charmed. And you might find some resources that would bring an interesting new perspective to your students' reading or literature study.

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ITI Cross Links: ProQuest Launches Black Studies Center

ProQuest Information and Learning's Chadwyck-Healey product line has launched the Black Studies Center to record and illuminate the Black experience, from ancient Africa through modern times. The Black Studies Center is a digital resource developed in conjunction with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Click HERE to link to the complete story at EContentMag.com.

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Northwest Evaluation Association and CompassLearning Announce Alliance

Northwest Evaluation Association, a nonprofit provider of research-based assessment and analytical tools, and CompassLearning, a provider of online, standards-based instructional resources, have announced an alliance designed to align student assessment results and instructional content. Together, the organizations offer assessment, curriculum, data management systems, and related products in the education arena.

As a first step, the organizations have created a link between CompassLearning Odyssey online instructional activities and assessment data from NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). As a result of the alliance, once educators receive a student's MAP data, that student will automatically receive an individualized online learning path through CompassLearning Odyssey.

For example, teachers can use NWEA's assessment data to identify where a student is proficient along a continuum of learning, and provide that student with the appropriate curriculum learning path in CompassLearning Odyssey. Teachers will be able to address the instructional needs of all children no matter whether their proficiency is well above, below, or at grade level, according to the announcement.

The partnering effort includes several phases to be implemented into 2006. The initial phase, now under way, correlates CompassLearning's instructional content to NWEA's MAP assessment, and to NWEA's DesCartes, a classroom resource that aligns NWEA test scores with specific learning objectives and skills. Additional phases will enhance the correlation between NWEA's MAP and CompassLearning Odyssey curriculum.

Source: CompassLearning, http://www.compasslearning.com; Northwest Evaluation Association, http://www.nwea.org

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

Internet @ Schools East 2006 <http://www.infotoday.com/I@SE2006/> is happening next March 23 and 24 in Washington, DC. The program will feature Joyce Valenza as keynote speaker, plus Alice Yucht, Debbie Abilock, Marjorie Pappas, and a host of other speakers. The Preliminary Program is now available online.

Here's what we're saying about it at the conference Web site: 

It isn't getting any easier to be a school media or technology specialist in this era of shrinking budgets and … sometimes … shrinking support for media programs. But this is still an era of unprecedented opportunities! Opportunities and methods to boost your students' success, and help your teachers and administrators do likewise with current and cutting-edge technologies and resources. And opportunities to demonstrate and publicize those successes—and the essential nature of your media programs—in the process.

Come learn about those opportunities and methods at Internet@Schools East 2006 from leaders in the profession like Joyce Valenza, Alice Yucht, and others, as well as from practitioners just like you! As they share their ideas and successes and you share yours, you'll all be shoring up support for 21st Century library media programs!

Internet@Schools East 2006 is sponsored by MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools magazine. Attendees of this two-day conference can also participate in the co-located Computers in Libraries conference at a reduced rate and take maximum advantage of the Computers in Libraries Exhibit Hall.

Click HERE to link to a pdf of the whole I@SE 2006 Preliminary Program.

Source: Us right here at MMIS! http://www.mmischools.com

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Benchmark Education Company Announces Educational Leader Online Learning Community

Benchmark Education Company has announced its new professional development offering, Educational Leader. Educational Leader is an interactive professional development Web site for teachers, literacy coaches, and mentors in grades K-8. The subscription-based site provides ongoing support with a variety of literacy topics, downloadable classroom resources, best-practice model lessons, and other materials. Because Educational Leader is designed as an interactive learning community, users will also find professional learning opportunities, collaboration, discussion, and support for classroom implementation, the announcement states.

Within the password-protected Web site, subscribers can select topics in their individual areas of need to investigate at their own pace, place, and time. Then users can download sample lessons and other resource materials to use in the classroom.

The interactive aspect of Educational Leader allows teachers to extend their learning in several ways. First, they can listen to audio commentary from experts and practitioners. Next, users can talk to fellow educators through the message boards or read past discussions. Finally, users have the opportunity to "ask the expert" during live chats and discussions with literacy consultants and authors. Recent examples of "ask the expert" sessions include such experts as Debbie Diller, Carla Soffos, Mary Lee Hahn, and Laura Robb.

Because the Educational Leader Web site is capable of monitoring learning progress and professional development credit hours, subscribers can print a report as documentation of credit hours earned. Educators may receive graduate credit through Chapman University.

Pricing for Educational Leader is $295 per person for a 12-month online subscription.

For more information, visit http://www.educationalleader.com.

Source: Benchmark Education Company, http://www.benchmarkeducation.com

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Knowledge Adventure Delivers Reading Readiness Software

Knowledge Adventure has announced the availability of its Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness program. Reading Readiness is a research-based, adaptive early reading system designed to help educators manage their students' individual literacy needs.

Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness combines standards-based lessons, classroom management tools, and school-to-home materials that give teachers adaptive learning tools needed to build phonemic awareness and phonics skills for children in primary classes, according to the announcement.

Central to the design of the Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness system are the interactive lesson sets that address many of the curriculum goals for language and early literacy identified in the federal Reading First program. With instruction organized around specific objectives, Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness includes more than 70 lessons addressing 30 early reading skills, including letter and sound identification, word building, spelling, and decoding.

Lessons in Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness include auto-leveling, and the software embodies a mastery learning approach to instruction. According to the announcement, this differs significantly from drill-and-practice programs in that students are measured systematically throughout their use of the product, so that complete mastery is attained and demonstrated by each student.

Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness also offers a set of classroom management tools to help teachers track and guide student progress, communicate with parents, and more. One feature is the Teacher Control Panel, which allows teachers to organize the classroom and assign lessons in ways that are most appropriate for students' individual needs. Other classroom management tools include detailed progress reports, pre- and post-lesson analyses, multisensory lesson plans, and suggested classroom projects.

The program includes specially designed take-home readers, activity sheets, CDs and other skill-building materials to extend learning. Detailed progress reports and parent tips, available in English and Spanish, further foster parental involvement, the announcement states.

The Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness program is available for purchase in four versions: single user, lab pack, site license, and network. The software is available on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. For more information, visit http://www.knowledgeadventureschool.com.

Source: Knowledge Adventure, http://www.knowledgeadventureschool.com

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

What was it we wrote a month ago? "Book digitization is hot, generating the possibility of better overall success for searchers ... " (ITI Cross Links: Microsoft Launches Book Digitization Project--MSN Book Search)

Well, now the Library of Congress is getting involved. As Barbara Quint, editor of Searcher magazine writes in an ITI NewsBreak story posted today, "With all of the mass book digitization projects in the news, people may have begun to wonder why the largest library in the U.S., the Library of Congress (LC), has been silent. Wonder no longer. The emerging "megalibrary" is getting a virtual "rare books" room."

Read bq's NewsBreak on the LC project HERE.

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MMIS Xtra News: Complete November/December 2005 MultiMedia & Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

The November/December 2005 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@School magazine is all there now at our Web site http://www.mmischools.com. In addition to the free November/December 2005 reviews and the free full text cover story (Digging into Databases-Using Databases to Inspire Novel Approaches to Creating Currirulum), which have been available since the beginning of the month, now the remaining features, columns, and other November/December content have been processed. They're available in a variety of formats — Full Text, Text+Graphics, and Page Image PDF — on a pay-per-view basis, courtesy of Information Today, Inc.'s InfoCentral and ProQuest Archiver.

For access, see the November/December 2005 issue contents HERE, click on any article, and follow the links.

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