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June 23, 2009

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Cool Links: New Features on Google Books
Teacher Leaders Develop Professional Learning Network With New Version of PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection
Partnership for 21st Century Skills Announces Winners of 21st Century Skills Practice of the Year Award
MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools West 2009 Conference Advance Program Now Available

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. Recently, in a June 18, 2009, post called, succinctly, "New Features on Google Books," they mention and explain "Embeds and links," "Better search within each book," "Page turn button and animation," and more. And the previous post, "Books Are Full of Visual Gems: Outer Space Edition," dated June 9, 2009, begins:

It may come as no surprise to the book nerds out there (you know who you are), but the annals of written history are full of visual gems.

When you come across something amazing in a public domain title scanned via our library project, you can simply snag the chunk of text or image using our Share this Clip feature in Google Books. Then, simply take the HTML and copy and paste it in to your site or blog to add it (or choose the option to send it to Blogger)...

It's a good blog, and a cool link. Click HERE to link to the Inside Google Book Search blog.

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

PBS TeacherLine has added new features to its Peer Connection online suite to make it much easier for school-based professional developers to find and share resources with teachers, to use best practices to improve their coaching and mentoring skills, and to build a collaborative online learning community focused on effective teaching.

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection combines the power of online communication and collaboration with its content. Featuring research-based, standards-aligned content in K-12 math, science, reading, instructional strategies and instructional technology, PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection enables coaches and mentors to create customized, practical learning experiences and guide teachers in their professional growth. It also offers modules for school-based professional developers to learn about the strategies and best practices they are sharing and how to employ the coaching and mentoring process productively to provide effective teacher professional development.


The recent enhancements to PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection, include:


* The ability for users to create networks and groups, connecting educators from across the country who are enrolled in the PBS TeacherLine service in a growing community of learners discussing and modeling best practices.


* New features that enable teachers to easily share resources and send suggestions to anyone using PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection—not just those in their network or group.


* The addition of customizable avatars for users to personalize their online community experience.


* A more powerful search engine for educators to conduct keyword searches, then narrow their search to find appropriate resources.


* A streamlined interface, so users have quick access to their latest activity, saved resources, and networks and groups.


For more information about PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection, visit

Source: PBS TeacherLine,

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Partnership for 21st Century Skills Announces Winners of 21st Century Skills Practice of the Year Award

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills  has announced that seven states have received this year’s 21st Century Skills Practice of the Year Award, which commemorates the country’s preeminent state-led education reform initiatives. Six states received the award last year.


Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin were honored at Institute.21, an annual event showcasing the progress states have made toward infusing 21st century skills into core subjects. The Institute highlights the impact 21st century skills initiatives have on student engagement and achievement.


Iowa received their award for the state's core curriculum and "Authentic Intellectual Work" (AIW). The "Iowa Core Curriculum" (ICC) defines the essential knowledge and skills that each student must learn to succeed in postsecondary life. The ICC includes content areas such as literacy, math, science, and social studies and 21st century skills like civic, health, financial and technology literacy. In conjunction with the core curriculum, the AIW created a framework that sets standards for teaching academic subjects that maximize rigor, increase student engagement, support in-depth coverage of material, and equip students with the skills required to prosper in today’s world.


Another award recipient, New Jersey, was honored for the state’s "Standards Revision Project," which aligned state content standards with the knowledge and skills needed for postsecondary education and the global workplace. The project specifically focused on nine content areas: arts, health education, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, technology, and 21st century careers.


West Virginia was honored for the state's work to create rich authentic classroom assessments that integrate engaging content and learning skills. The project, "Assessing 21st Century Skills through Relevant and Engaging Content Applications," designed quality standards-focused project learning units for teachers of English, mathematics, science and social studies that include opportunities to develop and assess 21st century skills.


Kansas has become a national leader in creating "Profiles for 21st Century Learning." The profiles, which guide educators as they integrate academic and career learning with effective instructional practices, serve as a national model for how to develop a common vision that supports the structure, climate and culture of learning.


Maine received the 21st Century Skills Practice of the Year Award for "Creating the Conditions for All Students to Graduate Post-Secondary, Career, and Citizenship Ready for the 21st Century." The project focuses on creating a standards-based education system in which students will have opportunities to learn via multiple pathways to demonstrate mastery of skills and knowledge.


North Carolina was honored for the state's "Writing Instruction and Assessment System Pilot," a program that provides students the opportunities to develop and enhance the writing skills necessary to communicate effectively in today's world. The program encourages complex writing assignments and promotes teaching practices that focus on draft-and-revision cycles, rather than as preparation for a single, on-demand writing test.


The "Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education" addressed the essential role arts education plays in the lives of students, their future and quality of life and the state's economy. The Task Force found that by focusing on knowledge, the arts, and 21st century skills, an education program can stimulate innovation and creativity and enable entrepreneurship.


Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills,

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

Internet at Schools West 2009 is happening next October 26 and 27 in Monterey, California. The program will share Internet pioneer and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf as keynote speaker with the concurrent and co-located Internet Librarian conference, and will feature sessions like:

  • Trying Not to Filter: Internet Filtering Technologies Update
  • Social Learning for Students and Teachers
  • Gaming in the Library: The Hows and Whys
  • Open Educational Resources: Join the Global Education Community
  • Expanding the Concept of Library

… and more! The Advance Program is now available online.

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

It’s 2009, and the winds of change—policy change, technology change, funding change, and more—are blowing through all aspects of K-12 education. That includes, of course, those areas where you, the library media and technology specialists, are practicing your craft … teaching, learning, advising, supporting, collaborating. Your efforts and your programs must remain at the forefront as the education community ramps up in these difficult and fluid times to equip all students for life in the 21st century. What a challenge!

To help you meet that challenge, we suggest you join us at Internet@Schools West! where you can network face-to-face with presenters and attendees addressing the same challenge, even while you blog, twitter, or text with colleagues far afield. We’ll have another information-packed 2-day event for you in Monterey, with an opening keynote plus tracks and sessions on the latest school library information and technology trends, tools, and issues. You’ll be well served and stoked with ideas to take back to your school and media center.

Internet@Schools West, sponsored by MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine, will be held in Monterey, CA on Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27, 2009, in conjunction with Internet Librarian 2009, so attendees can participate in the co-located Internet Librarian conference at a reduced rate and take maximum advantage of the Internet Librarian Exhibit Hall. Join us!

Click HERE to link to a pdf of the whole Internet @ Schools West 2009 AdvanceProgram.

Source: Us right here at MMIS!

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