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September 24, 2013

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Internet@Schools Xtra News: The Call for Speakers Has Been Posted for the Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2014
Infobase Learning Announces the New and Improved Today’s Science
World Book Launches New Ebook Platform
EBSCO Releases Two Audiobook Subscription Collections
CoSN Survey Reveals that 99 Percent of K-12 Districts Need Increased Bandwidth
Lexia Reading’s Strategies for Older Students Now Available for iPad

Internet@Schools Xtra News: The Call for Speakers Has Been Posted for the Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2014

 Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2014

Call for Speakers

Submit a Proposal

Deadline: October 14, 2013

The Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2014 is a 2-day track created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K–12 schools. Sponsored by Internet@Schools magazine, the track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics, and takes place during the first 2 days of Computers in Libraries, taking place at Hilton Washington, Washington, D.C. That’s April 7 and 8, 2014.

You Are Invited …

If you are running an innovative program through your school library or media/technology center that is helping your students learn or your colleagues teach, or if you are willing to share your practical tips, tools, or techniques about using technology and the internet in schools, we want you! Please volunteer to speak at the Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries.

Submit a proposal as soon as possible by clicking on the link at the top of this page. Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation on the form: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate you to the topic, and full contact information (title, address, email, phone, and fax). All proposals will be reviewed by the organizers, and notification regarding acceptance will be made soon.

So think over your latest success stories or technology ventures and submit your proposal today. The deadline is October 14.

Internet@Schools Track Organizers

David Hoffman

Editor, Internet@Schools magazine

hoffmand@infotoday.com

Carolyn Foote

Librarian, Westlake High School

Austin, Texas

technolibrary@gmail.com

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Infobase Learning Announces the New and Improved Today’s Science

Infobase Learning has announced the official relaunch of Today’s Science, strengthening its value to educators, students, and researchers as an essential online resource for scientific discovery.

The relaunch features a fresh new design that provides more intuitive access to the wide range of science content in the database. The new Topic Index at the top of every page leads users to a full list of hyperlinked topics, organized by specific subject area, that can be accessed directly. Featured articles now offer links to related materials such as crossword puzzles, cartoons, and questions; additional articles that help place news and discoveries in context; and interviews with scientists that bring the research to life. Powerful new features include new Search Assist technology, improved search results, a new Read Aloud tool, and correlations to Common Core, state, and national science education standards, among others.

Highlights of the redesign:

* Fresh, new design

* New Topic Index to help users view the full list of topics and access any of them directly

* New Search Assist technology

* Improved search results, including additional filters to help users hone in on desired content

* Google Translate on every page, with 53 languages to choose from

* New Read Aloud feature

* Correlations to Common Core, state, and national science education standards

* Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats

* Direct access from the home page to featured articles, popular topics, and Conversations with Scientists

* Featured articles now provide easier access to related content and additional articles of interest.

For ordering, pricing, or other information, please contact the Online Sales Department at 800-322-8755 or OnlineSales@InfobaseLearning.com.

Source: Infobase Learning, http://infobaselearning.com/ 

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World Book Launches New Ebook Platform

World Book, Inc., has announced it is making many of its popular educational titles available in ebook format and accessible through a unique interactive platform, World Book eBooks.

The ebook collection includes beautifully illustrated, engaging titles that contain such multimedia features as videos, audio, and games. Subscribers to World Book eBooks receive 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access to the entire collection, enabling school librarians and public librarians to offer World Book eBooks at all times to all users–no holds or waiting. An "early adopter" subscription includes updates and revisions to ebooks, as well as all new titles that are added to the site during their subscription.

The Fall 2013 collection offers curriculum-correlated titles from several series, including Animal Lives, Building Blocks of Mathematics, Building Blocks of Science, Early Peoples, Explore the Universe, Inventions and Discoveries, Learning Ladders, Living Green, and Trek's Travels, with new titles to be uploaded to the site on an ongoing basis. Subscribers will read the ebooks using World Book's customized online viewer.

The platform may be accessed from any internet-ready computer, as well as such popular tablets as the iPad, Google Nexus 7, and Samsung: Galaxy Note 10.1, and Samsung: Galaxy Note 2 10.1. All titles support the EPUB3 standard, the accepted global distribution format for ebooks developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum.

World Book's ebook platform includes a customized online viewer that provides an optimal reading experience for students of all ages.

Ebook usage in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years as more affordable tablets and ereaders have become available. With the rise in popularity of ebooks, schools and libraries have worked to meet the unprecedented demand by expanding their collections.

In developing its ebook platform, World Book surveyed students, teachers, parents, librarians, and library patrons to determine what such users want and expect from ebooks. World Book applied this feedback in designing the World Book eBooks platform to help ensure its utility and appeal.

World Book will offer its ebook suite as a subscription. Schools and libraries that sign up during the initial launch will receive an early adopter discount. Visit the website at http://bit.ly/worldbookebooks.

Source: World Book, Inc., www.worldbook.com

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EBSCO Releases Two Audiobook Subscription Collections

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has released two new subscription collections: Audiobook Premier Collection and Audiobook Youth Collection. EBSCO’s audiobook subscription collections allow libraries to subscribe to a growing collection of audiobooks for an annual fee with additional titles added regularly at no additional cost.

These latest audiobook collections from EBSCO include unabridged fiction and non-fiction content from more than 27 leading audio publishers. Titles are delivered to users on an unlimited simultaneous access model.

Audiobook Premier Collection includes nearly 4,000 titles geared toward libraries looking to expand their adult collection. Titles cover a broad range of subject matter to meet various research needs and to provide a broad selection of content for leisure reading. Topics covered in the collection include history, business & economics, religion, psychology, self-help and health & fitness.

Audiobook Youth Collection includes more than 400 titles for children and young adult readers. The titles in this collection are primarily fiction and cover a variety of topics and genres from adventure to mystery, and folklore to science & nature. The collection also includes a selection of Spanish-language titles.

All titles are Apple-device compatible and downloadable to a variety of devices. Users also have the ability to search alongside other EBSCOhost content adding magazines, journals and other EBSCOhost resources to their results.

More information about the audiobook collections and other ebook collections available from EBSCO is available at: www.ebscohost.com/ebooks.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, www.ebscohost.com/

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

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released key preliminary findings from a national survey of nearly 450 K-12 district technology leaders from 44 states on E-Rate and broadband. The survey found that 99 percent of districts need greater internet bandwidth and connectivity within the next 36 months, and more than nine in 10 districts think the current E-Rate program inadequately meets their district’s needs. The survey is being conducted in partnership with Market Data Research and will remain open through September.

This announcement also coincides with the deadline for initial comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize E-Rate. The FCC will issue reply comments on October 16.

“The E-rate has done a great job providing basic internet connection to the classroom. But going forward, our students need stronger, faster networks, so they can build their critical thinking and imaginative skills and compete on a level playing field with their global peers," said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “As the FCC begins reviewing public comments on E-Rate, the CoSN survey findings detail the hurdles preventing educational progress as well as insights on how to overcome them – including the modernization of this vital program. It is clear that we need substantially more resources in the E-Rate fund to meet current and future needs, as we indicate in the coalition education and library filing.”

CoSN Survey key findings:

* Ninety-nine percent of districts need additional internet bandwidth and connectivity in the next 36 months.

* Nearly 93 percent of districts believe current E-Rate funding does not fully meet their district’s needs.

* The two biggest barriers for schools are ongoing monthly costs and cost of capital or upfront / nonrecurring expenses.

* Twenty percent of districts identified geography as a barrier to increasing connectivity in their schools, and 11 percent indicated their Internet providers were either at capacity or could not expand capacity.

* Only 57 percent of elementary schools and 64 percent of secondary schools have all classrooms fully equipped with wireless Internet connectivity.

* More than 37 percent of districts participate in consortium buying, and some participate in more than one purchasing cooperative.

The complete survey results will be released later this fall.

To learn more, please visit www.cosn.org/BroadbandTools. 

Source: Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), www.cosn.org

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Lexia Reading’s Strategies for Older Students Now Available for iPad

Lexia Learning has launched “Lexia Strategies for Older Students” for iPad, available as part of the latest version of the Lexia Reading App. The app provides multi-sensory learning for remedial students in grades 6 and above, helping them develop their foundational reading skills through an age-appropriate interface with a range of content that keeps older students engaged.

Lexia Strategies for Older Students is available at the Apple app store as part of the Lexia Reading App, which also includes the research-proven Lexia Early Reading and Lexia Primary Reading programs for grades K–4. To access the app, users must have an active Lexia license.

When students first log in, they are automatically placed at the proper level and work at their own pace in a mature, focused learning interface to develop their foundational reading skills. If a student begins to struggle in any skill activity, the program provides scaffolding, simplifying the task so that the student can practice that skill with additional support. Once he demonstrates proficiency in this practice environment, the student returns to the standard task to continue in the program.

While students are working independently in the online activities, Lexia’s embedded assessment system, Assessment Without Testing, provides educators with actionable, diagnostic performance data without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test. Assessment Without Testing identifies and prioritizes students for small group or individual instruction, providing teachers and intervention specialists with targeted instructional strategies and structured lessons, including the minutes-per-week each student needs to spend using the program in order to meet expectations on grade-level assessments. This lowers expenditures on assessments and, according to a national survey, Lexia saves teachers up to a month of instructional time. In addition, real-time, online access on a browser, iPad app, or iPhone app provides administrator and educators with data at the student, class, grade, school, and district levels.

Source: Lexia Learning, www.lexialearning.com

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