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June 12, 2007

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Gale Improves Literature Resource Center
Futurist Andrew Zolli to Moderate NECC Roundtable on Creativity and Innovation in Education
Alliance for a Media Literate America Presents the National Media Education Conference 2007
AASL 2007 Awards Recipients
Intelliboard Whiteboards Now Include Britannica
Information Today Publishes Consider the Source: A Critical Guide to 100 Prominent News and Information Sites on the Web
Gale’s Video Contest: Vote Now
Facts On File Announces Updates For Science Online
Facts On File Announces Complete Redesign of Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Gale Improves Literature Resource Center

Thomson Gale announced that Literature Resource Center has been significantly enhanced by the first major update made since the program’s launch 10 years ago.

Highlights of the update include:

--Integrated cross-searching capability across Gale literature content (criticism, reviews, biographies, overviews, literary works, eBooks and more).

--A new easy-to-navigate interface.

--Clear, easily-read results pages, with multiple filtering and sorting options.

--New subject indexing that enhances results accuracy.

-- A “How to Cite” feature with support for citation export tools.

Thomson Gale, 800/877-4253 or www.gale.com.


 

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

Futurist Andrew Zolli will moderate a diverse roundtable dialogue on education's global role in developing student creativity and innovation at the 2007 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Tuesday, June 26, at 8:30 a.m.

ISTE's 2007 keynote platform spans three days of the conference, with each day focusing on a different aspect of developing the creative process in students. Tuesday's panel discussion brings together a mix of creative and educational experts with the specific goal of uncovering and illuminating the global importance of engaging the spirit of innovation in students.

Panelists are:

* Elizabeth Streb, world-renowned choreographer specializing in the unique application of scientific principles to movement-based aesthetics
* Michael McCauley, vice president and creative director of ProActiv, a major Chicago-based communications company
* Mary Cullinane, chief technology architect of the Philadelphia School of the Future Project
* Dr. Francesc Pédro, senior analyst at the Paris-based Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), specializing in millennial research.

Internationally-known solo cellist/composer Zoe Keating will open the morning's keynote session with a 30-minute performance of technology-enhanced classical instrumentation. Keating was most recently on tour with Grammy-nominated UK pop artist Imogen Heap and was chosen by ISTE to participate in Tuesday's session because of her non-traditional approach to creative expression and innovative application of digital technology to music.

ISTE's 28th annual NECC is being held in Atlanta June 24 through 27 at the Georgia World Congress Center. For more information, visit www.iste.org/necc.

Source: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), www.iste.org

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

The Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA) has announced that the National Media Education Conference "NMEC 2007: iPods, Blogs and Beyond: Evolving Media Literacy for the 21st Century" – a comprehensive professional development conference for media educators – will take place June 22-26 in St. Louis. Designed for K-16 teachers, curriculum developers, and administrators, as well as youth-serving leaders and public health educators, the event includes two back-to-back programs: a Media Education Research Summit, followed by the National Media Education Conference. 

With media literacy on the forefront of educational agendas in districts and schools throughout the country, the AMLA has released the “Core Principles of Media Literacy Education,” a document that provides guidelines for grassroots implementation of media literacy. The Core Principles are the focus of several sessions at the conference, which offers 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.

Highlights from the conference include the following:

  • MIT’s video game researcher Henry Jenkins will keynote along with pop culture author Douglas Rushkoff.
  • Workshops will provide hands-on tools for integrating media literacy and new technology into a wide range of classrooms and mandated subject areas, including literacy and language arts, social studies, health and the arts. Examples include: Let's Write a Movie! Teaching Language Arts Skills Through Scriptwriting; Media Literacy: The Missing Link to Civic Engagement in the Digital Age; and Making MySpace a Safe Space: Risks and Realities of the Online Culture

 A key part of the conference agenda will be developing an action plan for AMLA’s just-released “Core Principles,” which proponents say represent a major shift from “… what educators believe to be true about media to what they believe to be true about how children learn to think critically.” It is a first step in the development of clear, measurable outcomes and benchmarks for the media literacy field. The Core Principles are available at: www.amlainfo.org/coreprinciples

For information about registration and agenda specifics, go to http://www.amlainfo.org/nmec2007.

Source: Alliance for a Media Literate America, www.amlainfo.org

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AASL 2007 Awards Recipients

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced the 2007 recipients of its annual awards:

The AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award ($2,500) – Renee Zorc, school library media specialist at Daniel J. Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The award sponsor is Tandem Library Books.

The ABC-CLIO Leadership GrantThe Association for Indiana Media Educators (AIME). The grant of up to $1,750 is sponsored by ABC-CLIO Schools.

The Distinguished School Administrator Award ($2,000) – Nathan S. Greenberg, superintendent of schools, Londonderry (NH) School District. The award is sponsored by ProQuest Company.

The Frances Henne AwardJessica Klinker of Immaculate Conception School in Columbus, OH. The award is sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group.

The Information Technology Pathfinder Award – The Elementary category winner is Holly Hartell of Pacolet (SC) Elementary School. The Secondary category winner is Sheila Howard from North Atlanta (GA) High School. The award, sponsored by Follett Software Company, gives $1,000 to the school library media specialist and $500 to the library.

The Innovative Reading Grant ($2,500) – Nancy Baumann, librarian at Barnett Shoals Elementary School in Athens, GA. The grant is sponsored by Coughlin Publishing.

The National School Library Media Program of the Year Award ($10,000) – The School District winner is Norman (OK) Public Schools. The Single School winners are Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN and North Elementary School in Noblesville, IN. The award, sponsored by Follett Library Resources, provides each winner with a crystal obelisk and $10,000.

The School Librarian’s Workshop Scholarship ($3,000) – Donna Mae Ohlgren of Minnesota. The scholarship is donated by Jay W. Toor, president of Library Learning Resources.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.ala.org/aasl/.



 

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Intelliboard Whiteboards Now Include Britannica

A copy of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2007 DVD is now distributed at no cost with every Intelliboard interactive whiteboard.

The Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite provides more than 100,000 articles spanning the 32 volumes of the print edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as extras such as a world atlas, timelines, Homework Helpdesk, multimedia library and a year of free updates.

In addition to the DVD, Numonics Intelliboard buyers receive a free 60-day trial subscription for the Encyclopaedia Britannica Online School Edition. The online database provides an Internet resource guide for education Web sites, custom learning materials for lesson plan development and other resources for students and teachers.

Numonics Corporation, 800/523-6716 or www.interactivewhiteboards.com.


 

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

Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of Consider the Source: A Critical Guide to 100 Prominent News and Information Sites on the Web by James F. Broderick and Darren W. Miller.

The famous slogan of one major TV news network, "More people get their news from ... than from any other source," now applies to the Internet. This book by a professor of journalism and a working reporter was written to inform readers where on the Internet to find the news they need, how to gauge its veracity, and how to keep up with the rush of news events. Consider the Source is an A-to-Z guide to the best and worst news and information sites, according to the announcement. It features100 in-depth, critical reviews and a 5-star rating system.

With thousands of news sites and information sites to choose from, the authors focused on those sites that have achieved a certain amount of prominence or reputation, and that are mostly free to users. Some of the sites critiqued in Consider the Source are:

* Al Jazeera

* Associated Press (AP)

* British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News

* Cable News Network (CNN)

* Chicago Tribune

* Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) News

* Fox News

* The Nation

* National Public Radio

* New York Times

* Salon

* San Francisco Chronicle

* Time

* USA Today

* Village Voice

* Washington Post

Although the evaluations of the sites presented by the authors are intended to help readers gain quick insight into each site, they are far from the whole story. Each review includes an "Overview," focusing on a site's origins and development; "What You'll Find There," which assesses a site's main features; "Why You Should Visit," offering reasons to check in with the site (or not to); and "Keep This In Mind," which highlights lesser-known aspects of the site's history or ideological leanings.

As a reader bonus, the authors' Web site provides links to all 100 sites covered, reviews of new sites and sources, Darren Miller's blog on the media, a writer's bookshelf, and more.

James F. Broderick teaches journalism at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. He is the author of two books. Darren W. Miller has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and North Carolina and is the recipient of several journalism awards. They can be reached through their Web site, TheReportersWell.com.

Consider the Source: A Critical Guide to 100 Prominent News and Information Sites on the Web (472 pp/softbound/$24.95/ISBN 978-0-910965-77-4) is a CyberAge Book from Information Today, Inc. It is available in bookstores through Independent Publishers Group (IPG) or by calling (800) 300-9868 [outside U.S. call (609) 654-6266]; faxing (609) 654-4309; e-mailing custserv@infotoday.com; or on the Web at www.infotoday.com.

Source: Information Today, Inc., www.infotoday.com

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Gale’s Video Contest: Vote Now

It’s down to the final days for voting in Gale’s "I Love My Library!" video contest.

A panel of Thomson Gale judges narrowed the field of 177 videos down to five finalists:

Green Gables Elementary School Library (Lakewood, CO)
Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, IN)
Towson Public Library (Baltimore, MD)
Dozier Middle School and Main Street Libraries (Newport News, VA)
Columbus Public Library (Columbus, NE)

Viewers can vote online for their favorite video until June 11 at www.gale.com/librareo. Each voter has only one vote. The winning film will be announced at the Gale booth at ALA on June 24 at 1 p.m.

The video with the most votes wins $10,000. Half of the prize--$5,000--is awarded to a library designated by the winner. The remaining $5,000 is awarded to the winner.

Thomson Gale, www.gale.com.

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Facts On File Announces Updates For Science Online

Facts On File has announced a number of enhancements to the Science Online database following its recent redesign and update.

New features include the following:

·                    “Science in the News”: Science Online will now be kept current with regularly updated science news stories. Three headlines of top stories will be featured on the home page under the “Science in the News” heading. More news stories can be found using the “All Recent News” link, which will take users to a longer list of current science headlines conveniently organized by category. The stories cover many scientific disciplines, from agricultural research to nanotechnology and weather science.

·                    Flash Animations: The “Focus On” feature on the home page now examines the cell through animations. These animations allow students to visually explore topics such as mitosis, meiosis, membrane transport, and synapses. Animations are searchable and appear in the "All Results" and "Diagrams & Images" search tabs.

·                    New Content:

-              More Experiments, More Color: New experiments have been added, spanning a variety of subjects, all featuring color PDFs.

-              New and Updated Color Diagrams and Illustrations: More than 1,100 new color diagrams and illustrations have been added. In many cases, the color illustrations have been embedded in the text of the entries.

-              New Entries: A significant number of new entries have been added from acclaimed print Facts On File and Chelsea House science titles.

·                    Record URLs: Entries now feature record URL links at the bottom of the page. These “persistent” links are powerful tools that consistently point to the same record, so users can easily return to or reference specific entries in the database. For example, teachers can use these links to direct students to specific essays, diagrams, or experiments for class or homework assignments.

·                    Record Citations: Record citations have been updated to reflect the citation style of the current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, with the inclusion of record URLs and access dates. A “How to Cite” link at the bottom of the page explains how to use citations and also provides examples of MLA style.

Source: Facts On File, www.factsonfile.com

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Facts On File Announces Complete Redesign of Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Facts On File has announced the launch of the redesigned and updated Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center database.

Among the many enhancements featured in this extensive overhaul are: 

·        An Attractive New Interface—The redesigned home page has a new look and allows users to more easily access the database’s wide-ranging content, according to the announcement.

·        New Jobs Section—More than 3,300 jobs and industries are broken down into 16 Career Clusters created by the Department of Education. Each Career Cluster contains an overview essay that describes the types of industries and jobs within the cluster. Overview articles are also provided for each of the 94 industries, leading users into in-depth descriptions of specific jobs within the industry.

·        New Skills Section—Users can use this broad section to learn the essentials of getting a job and keeping it—with guidance on finding a career path, honing interview skills, writing resumes and cover letters, and demonstrating professional behavior. Sample resumes and cover letters created by professional career consultants are provided, organized in galleries so users can find what they need quickly.

·        New Resources Section—Users can search or browse more than 48,000 resource entries to help them achieve their career goals. Resources are divided into convenient categories, such as women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Each resource section contains fully searchable directories of hundreds of fellowships, organizations, internships, scholarships, awards, and more. The School Search feature allows users to browse a selected list of colleges and universities. Informative articles discuss the various career assessment tests available.

·        New Content—A substantial amount of new content has been added from Ferguson Publishing print career reference titles.

·        Special Features

-                   Essential advice from nationally renowned author and career expert Sue Morem—from her books How to Gain the Professional Edge, Second Edition and 101 Tips for Graduates —will help everyone from recent graduates and job seekers to people looking to advance in the workplace.

-                    “My Life” interviews with professionals provide a firsthand perspective on jobs such as Board Game Designer.

-                    “Focus On” articles, with topics changing monthly, spotlight interesting career fields such as Toys and Games.

-                   The searchable archive of articles from current and past issues of Career Opportunities News, a 16-page newsletter, continues to provide timely information about colleges and the job market.

Source: Facts On File, www.factsonfile.com

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