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April 12, 2011

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Free Resources: Six Gale Online Resources Freely Available During National Library Week
Key Math Strategists Launched to Support Implementation of Common Core State
Scholastic Introduces New Version of Its Digital Reference Source Grolier Online
Kelso’s Choice Website Provides Resources for Teaching Conflict Management Skills
Alexander Street Press to Launch Academic Video Online Complete
IMLS-Funded Research Explores How School Librarians Use Digital Content for STEM Learning
Follett Software Offers Free Integration of One Search Into Destiny Library Manager 9.9
Infobase Learning/Facts On File Launches Access Video On Demand for Public Libraries
M86 Security Launches VuSafe Solution to Enable Compliant Usage of Online Video Content in the Classroom
Internet@Schools Xtra News: Complete March/April 2011 Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

Free Resources: Six Gale Online Resources Freely Available During National Library Week

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is celebrating National Library Week by offering free access to six highly-praised online resources for use by any library during National Library Week.

Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2011. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting www.gale.cengage.com/NLW starting on April 10. Library patrons should look for the widget on their library's homepage, which provides single-click access to these online resources. 

The library is where stories are read, retold, written and created every day. In salute of the American Library Association's theme - Create your own story @ your library, Gale is offering free access to resources that help library users explore and inspire stories of all kinds. Gale is offering access to six resources:

Gale NewsVault - a specially designed online platform that enables cross-searching of Gale's enormous range of historical newspaper and periodical collections from a single interface

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, Part I - a historical archive that embraces the scholarly study of slavery in a comprehensive, conceptual and global way

Science in Context: an online learning and research portal that covers everything from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography

GREENR - an electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources

Global Issues in Context - an online learning and research portal that offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance

Powerspeak Languages - a world language learning product that uses the research-driven powerspeaK12 language learning methodology

Users can also download the free AccessMyLibrary (AML) application, which is now available on all major mobile devices, including iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iTouch) and Android devices, and for all markets - public, academic and school. AML apps allow library users to access the array of Gale information that their library has purchased on their behalf, giving them access to authoritative and trustworthy information anywhere, anytime.

AML apps for iOS devices can be downloaded from the iTunes store, and apps for Android devices can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace. For additional information, including AML QR codes, posters, bookmarks and other library marketing resources, visit www.gale.cengage.com/apps/.

 Source: Gale/Cengage Learning, www.cengage.com or www.gale.com

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Key Math Strategists Launched to Support Implementation of Common Core State

Although more than 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, many districts are unprepared for the implementation of the Common Core Assessments during the 2014-15 school year. Key Math Strategists, a new professional development organization from Key Curriculum Press, is designed to help schools make sense of, and gain maximum benefit from, the integration of the Common Core State Standards.

Key Math Strategists' data-driven, tailored professional development programs start in the classroom. The organization begins with a complimentary and thorough assessment of a district's math program, including students, teachers, professional development, and classroom data. After reviewing the math program, Key Math Strategists partners with the district to develop a comprehensive, integrated and strategic professional development program designed to deliver results and provide valuable resources for teachers and administrators.

Professional development by Key Math Strategists incorporates face-to-face workshops, on-site and virtual coaching, student curriculum, and moderated online courses. No matter the format, all professional development is grounded in the Common Core State Standards, and helps teachers implement the Standards for Mathematical Practice as well as the new learning trajectories. Additional topics include differentiated instruction, intervention, formative assessment, and reflective lesson planning.

For more information about Key Math Strategists, visit www.keymathstrategists.com.

Source: Key Math Strategists, www.keymathstrategists.com

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Scholastic Introduces New Version of Its Digital Reference Source Grolier Online

Scholastic has announced the launch of a re-engineered and re-designed version of Grolier Online from Scholastic Library Publishing with new content and digital research tools to meet the needs of 21st Century learners and educators.

Grolier Online now includes separate portals for elementary, middle, and high school students, adult public library patrons, and librarians and educators. The Grolier Online experience is tailored for each user with an enhanced search engine that delivers articles, maps, and videos adjustable to a wide range of reading levels for students, and a dashboard for librarians and educators filled with professional development tools, lesson plans and other resources.

The new Grolier Online continues to bring up-to-date and authoritative content to students and educators in the formats they prefer, according to the announcement. The latest upgrade continues to expand on the program's bank of multimedia content that is updated daily by a team of Scholastic editors, and provides students with comprehensive and compelling content and current events from around the world.

With the new Grolier Online, students have access to:

* An updated selection of more than 120,000 articles, arranged by reading level and aligned to national and state standards, as well as alignments to the Common Core standards - coming this summer.

* More than 340,000 web links vetted by editors.

* A revamped search engine that allows users to search for content according to Lexile or reading level.

* A database of 1,100+ international newspapers in 73 languages representing 195 countries.

* More than 1,200 clickable maps connected to in-depth articles from the most remote regions in the world.

* A collection of debate questions and current event topics to help build critical thinking skills.

The backbone of the new Grolier Online is its enhanced search capabilities, which provide access to users from eight databases: three general reference encyclopedias (The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia, and Encyclopedia Americana), four specialty encyclopedias (Amazing Animals of the World, The New Book of Popular Science, and America the Beautiful, Lands & Peoples), and one Spanish language encyclopedia (La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre). The search tool pulls articles, videos, maps, and other multimedia depending upon your custom collection.

Source: Scholastic, http://scholastic.com

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Kelso’s Choice Website Provides Resources for Teaching Conflict Management Skills

Cerebellum Corporation has developed the Kelso's Choice Conflict Management Skills program website to make this popular conflict resolution program available to educators nationwide. Kelso's Choice is an acclaimed curriculum that aids in the development of elementary students' emotional growth. This educational website (www.kelsoschoice.com) was created to provide counselors and teachers with ample resources to effectively teach conflict management skills.

The Kelso's Choice website features downloadable activities, lesson plans, grant writing resources and information about how to schedule training. The website will also operate as a networking resource for educators to collaborate and share creative ideas for implementation.

Based on the premise that each child is smart enough and strong enough to resolve conflict, Kelso's Choice Conflict Management Skills program is a powerful tool that equips young people with techniques to differentiate between manageable problems and those that require adult intervention. Using a child-friendly frog named Kelso as the guide, the program teaches elementary and special needs students nine easy-to-recall ways to mediate difficult situations. Kelso's Choice is aligned with ASCA National Frameworks, has been implemented in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries, and is heavily advocated by a growing network of schools and community groups.

The Kelso's Choice Complete Kit ($349) includes a Leaders Guide, Willow Pond Story Book, Kelso's Choice DVD, Kelso's Choice Full-Color Posters, Counseling Ball, and Kelso Frog Puppet. Select components may be purchased separately. For complete product details, visit www.kelsoschoice.com or Cerebellum's website at www.cerebellum.com.

Source: Cerebellum Corporation, www.cerebellum.com

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Alexander Street Press to Launch Academic Video Online Complete

Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press has announced plans to launch an integrated online repository of academic video titles. Already the publisher of 10 distinct, discipline-specific streaming video collections containing more than 8,000 films, Alexander Street intends to rapidly expand its offerings-to more than 10,000 titles in 2011 and to 20,000 by 2013.

The new platform, Academic Video Online Complete, will also make it possible for subscribers to cross-search all of their Alexander Street videos from a single interface. New collections will include Art and Architecture, Religion and Philosophy, Law and Criminal Justice, Politics and Current Affairs, World Language and Literature, Psychology, Health, General Science, Business and Economics, and Diversity Studies. Later this year the publisher will offer individual streaming title options as well.

As part of its expansion, Alexander Street has also announced the launch of three new video collections, each available to libraries and educational institutions via annual subscription or one-time purchase: Filmakers Library OnlineEducation in Video; and Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volume II.

The result of Alexander Street's acquisition in January of the academic video distributor Filmakers Library, Filmakers Library Online is a continually growing online collection of issue-based documentaries and independent films.

Multidisciplinary in scope, the collection includes a wide range of subjects-race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions worldwide. The collection currently includes more than 900 films, and additional titles will be added regularly.

An online collection of videos for the training and professional development of K-12 educators, Education in Video will grow to contain more than 1,000 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. It will give education faculty, students, and in-service teachers a single source for research-based professional development video resources.

The third collection launched, Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II, is a supplement to one of Alexander Street's best-selling resources. Together, the two volumes of Counseling and Therapy in Video provide the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The collection's wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible. The second volume of Counseling and Therapy in Video includes more than 140 videos, growing soon to more than 300; the first volume includes more than 350 titles. Soon, the two volumes will be fully cross-searchable for institutions that subscribe to both.

Currently the publisher is offering a one-month Sneak Peek access to all three new video collections. Libraries and educators who register at http://alexanderstreet.com/newvideo2011.htm will receive a username and password good through April 30, 2011.

Source: Alexander Street Press, http://alexanderstreet.com

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

Studies suggest that interactive resources like models, videos, images, data sets and manipulatives, many of which are freely available to school libraries as open content through the web, are important for learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. 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.

"I feel my job is to prepare school librarians for the future, not for now," explains Marcia Mardis, an Associate Professor at Florida State University's School of Library and Information Studies. "I want to make sure that they are not surprised by any trends that are coming down the line and understand how they fit into those trends." One such trend will undoubtedly be a renewed focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning in schools. Despite historical achievement, the United States lags behind other nations in STEM education at the elementary and secondary levels. International comparisons of students' performance in science and mathematics consistently place the United States in the middle of the pack or lower. Libraries are part of the solution. IMLS has supported research, conferences, professional development, and a host of library and museum projects designed to improve STEM learning and teaching

Having spent more than ten years developing science collections in school libraries, Mardis is no stranger to the challenges of integrating STEM resources into the K-12 catalog. With funding from a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant <http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/21centuryLibrarian.shtm>, Mardis's current research is paving the way for the future of STEM learning in school libraries both by investigating how librarians are currently using open content STEM resources and by developing a tool that allows librarians to easily create catalog records for these resources.

What factors enable or inhibit open content STEM resource use? Technology constraints in schools have forced Mardis to be flexible when designing a tool to facilitate integration of open content into school library catalogs. Originally, the plan was to create an RSS feed for open content STEM resources. She soon realized, however, that librarians preferred selecting their own resources, but wanted to be able to quickly add a record to their catalogs.

Preliminary results from Mardis's survey of open content use by librarians suggests that bandwidth issues, more than catalog constraints, are preventing librarians from adding online content to their catalogs. "A lot of schools feel very limited in how much they can utilize digital resources based on the amount of connectivity they are allowed to consume," she explains. Slow internet connections keep many teachers from spontaneously streaming online resources in the classroom, even when librarians provide them with great resources.

The Web2MARC Tool.

Initially she addressed some of the use and access issues by using Zotero, a citation creation resource which automatically generates a MARC record from an online resource. However, because Zotero was developed for use with Firefox, a browser not used by many schools, it had limited utility. "So we cut out the middleman," Mardis says, and together with her programmer created their own Web2MARC <http://dl2sl.org/> tool, which automatically generates MARC library records from the URLs of online resources.

As the grant approaches its final year, Mardis will begin presenting Web2MARC to the library community. Along with a professional evaluator, Mardis will lead a workshop and two in-school case studies to better understand how librarians and their students use STEM digital resources. From those librarians already familiar with the Web2MARC tool, Mardis has heard glowing reviews. "I've been so pleased and actually a little bit overwhelmed at the delight of the users. I just demonstrated it for some school library district directors and they were blown away. They said, "Oh, this is so obvious! Where has this been all our lives?" Librarians who work with English language learners and special education students have been particularly enthusiastic. She explains, "When you're teaching science in particular to these students, the more visual and interactive you can be, the more ways kids have to demonstrate what they know."

School librarians have essential technical expertise. The project has also surfaced the importance of strong relationships between librarians and STEM teachers. "There are so many librarians who have said to me, 'Well, I don't really even know what to say to my science teacher", but those that had good relationships with their science teachers didn't let their lack of content knowledge stop them, because they knew that they had something to offer." Mardis hopes the study will help librarians realize the value of their expertise as schools move to digital resources.

"[Librarians] aren't being disenfranchised by the move to digital textbooks and open content in schools, because somebody needs to be there to advise on the selection, organization and management of using more digital content in schools. I think the Web2MARC tool can help them have an entry point that's comfortable to them, because every librarian knows how to work his or her catalog."

Encouraging STEM careers through modeling, mentoring, and informal environments.

Mardis is hopeful that the case studies developed from the project will do more than just provide feedback on the Web2MARC tool, but instead will start a dialogue between students, STEM teachers, and librarians. "I want to hear what students wish they could do in a science class and that they don't do, and what they wished they could do in the school library and that they can't do. Because, I think that sometimes we underestimate our kids. And I think that kids are really a lot more excited about learning than we think they are."

For other STEM digital library and open content resources please check out: National Science Digital Library <http://nsdl.org/> , CWIS <http://scout.wisc.edu/Projects/CWIS/> , MSP2: Middle School Portal 2 Math & Science Pathways <http://www.msteacher2.org> , Beyond Weather & The Water Cycle <http://beyondweather.ehe.osu.edu/> , and Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears <http://beyondpenguins.nsdl.org/> .

Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services, www.imls.gov

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Follett Software Offers Free Integration of One Search Into Destiny Library Manager 9.9

Follett Software Company has announced that the One Search subscription service is now fully integrated into Destiny Library Manager, and will be available free to K-12 customers who have upgraded to the latest Destiny 9.9 version and maintain a current support agreement. The Destiny Library Manager-One Search integration becomes effective April 1.

Current One Search subscribers will be able to access all the service's online resources that they have in the past without incurring any additional fees.  A complete list of the supported databases is available by visiting Follett Software's web site under "Enriched Content Subscriptions."

Existing Destiny customers seeking details about activating their One Search subscription in Destiny, or for additional information about One Search, should visit www.FollettSoftware.com/DestinyOneSearch

Follett Software also offers upgrade and implementation services to assist customers in their move to Destiny 9.9.  For the full range of upgrade services, visit this link on the Follett Software web site.

In early January, Follett Software unveiled Destiny 9.9 with a host of improvements that allow existing Destiny Library Manager (and Destiny Textbook Manager) customers to save time, increase efficiency and help drive student achievement.

Source: Follett Software Company, www.FollettSoftware.com

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Infobase Learning/Facts On File Launches Access Video On Demand for Public Libraries

Infobase Learning, publisher of Facts On File, and Films Media Group have announced the launch of Access Video On Demand, powered by Films On Demand-a comprehensive streaming video subscription service tailored especially for public libraries. Offering unlimited access to more than 7,800 full-length videos and 88,000 clips, Access Video On Demand gives public library patrons instant access to thousands of acclaimed documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos in a variety of subject areas from top-quality producers. Dozens of new programs are added monthly-more than 600 every year.

Nine comprehensive streaming video collections are available, sold individually or bundled for broad coverage, including thousands of titles in the following subjects:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Economics
  • Science, Mathematics, and Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Health and Wellness
  • Careers and Trades
  • Home and Family
  • Travel and Recreation-Coming Soon!
  • Archival Films and Newsreels.

Featured programs include:

  • Amazing Planet
  • Back to the Blueprint
  • Baking with Julia
  • Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
  • Close to Home: Moyers on Addiction
  • From the Royal Opera House
  • In Search of History
  • Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns
  • Life
  • Masterpiece Theatre
  • Modern Marvels
  • NOVA
  • On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying in America
  • The Living Machine.

Features include:

  • Unlimited simultaneous user access, 24/7
  • Remote access available
  • User-friendly, intuitive interface
  • Powerful search and browse tools
  • Multiple playback resolution options to optimize bandwidth use
  • Closed-captioning on thousands of titles
  • Ability to save and organize favorite videos
  • Authenticated links for use with Web-based catalog systems
  • Freedom from inventory hassles and damaged DVDs
  • Helpful citations in multiple formats
  • Usage tracking and reporting statistics
  • Most titles come with public performance rights
  • Customized MARC records
  • Exceptional content from more than 700 top producers such as Films for the Humanities & Sciences, BBC, PBS, A&E Television Networks, National Geographic, NBC News, ABC News, Ken Burns, HISTORY®, and many more. Most titles are exclusive to Facts On File and Films Media Group.

Source: Infobase Learning, www.infobaselearning.com

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M86 Security Launches VuSafe Solution to Enable Compliant Usage of Online Video Content in the Classroom

M86 Security has announced the release of the M86 VuSafe website. VuSafe is being offered as a free service to the K-12 education market in April 2011 and is currently taking a limited number of additional Beta users. It is designed to facilitate the sharing and viewing of approved videos and streaming video content in the classroom.

Educators struggle between making use of the rich content and cost-effectiveness of online videos found on sites such as YouTube, while shielding students from distracting and potentially inappropriate content such as negative comments, related links and banner ads. M86 VuSafe alleviates this dilemma, the announcement states, by providing a means to show pre-approved streaming media content without the peripherals (i.e. banner ads, comments, etc.) found on the source sites.

M86 VuSafe also eases the burden on IT directors by limiting exposure to internet threats often found in links, banner ads, and other content that accompany videos on 3rd party sites.

Additionally, the M86 offering simplifies regulatory and Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) compliance through built-in policies for video submission, approval and viewing. Reporting capabilities help with proof of CIPA compliance for E-rate discounts.

Through the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. The E-rate program was set up to provide discounts for such services. Schools that plan on receiving E-rate discounts on Internet access need to be in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

CIPA-compliant schools must filter their Internet services and implement formal Internet Safety Policies, also known as Acceptable Use Policies. Schools and districts struggle to manage and balance the use of streaming media content on the Internet for educational purposes and to remain CIPA compliant.

M86 VuSafe allows teachers and administrators to give students safe access to pre-approved videos while stripping away the potentially dangerous and inappropriate peripheral content.

With increasing budget constraints and growing classroom sizes, the total cost of a solution as well as the time and resources it takes to manage it are of upmost concern to schools and school districts. The M86 VuSafe offering is not only free of charge to all K-12 institutions in the U.S., but its intuitive design and built-in policies allow teachers to easily manage content libraries for their own classroom or to share/borrow from other educators. Robust organization and search features also mean repositories can be created, categorized and accessed in numerous ways (i.e. by student age, grade-level, subject, teacher, key words, etc.). Additionally, unlike solutions that only allow content from a single source such as YouTube, M86 VuSafe supports virtually any streaming media content.

M86 VuSafe is available starting in April 2011 and will work with M86 Security's Web Filter and Reporter and Secure Web Gateway. Those interested can sign up now for the VuSafe beta through the M86 VuSafe homepage at www.m86vusafe.com.

Source: M86 Security, www.m86security.com/

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Internet@Schools Xtra News: Complete March/April 2011 Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

The March/April 2011  issue of Internet @ Schools magazine is all there now at our website www.InternetAtSchools.com. In addition to the free March/April reviews and the free full-text cover story (The Hybrid Learning Community: A 21st-Century Teaching and Reform Model), which have been available since the beginning of the month, now the remaining features, columns, and other March/April content have been processed. Some are free to view. Others are available in a variety of formats -- Full Text, Text+Graphics, and Page Image PDF -- on a pay-to-view basis by way of Information Today, Inc.'s InfoCentral and ProQuest Archiver.

For access, see the March/April 2011 issue contents HERE, click on any article, and follow the links.

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