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March 22, 2016

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Free Resources: Video interviews, video sessions from Computers in Libraries 2016 and the Internet@Schools Track
Gale Launches Largest Digital Archive of LGBTQ History and Culture
Gale Grows Digital Archive Program to Better Address Research Needs and Further Support Digital Humanities
LittleBits Announces STEAM Student Set
Follett Now Offering ThinkCERCA Literacy Platform

Free Resources: Video interviews, video sessions from Computers in Libraries 2016 and the Internet@Schools Track

Information Today, Inc. has made videos available for sessions from the recently concluded Computers in Libraries 2016 conference, as well as video interviews with a number of presenters–including Baltimore County Public Schools presenter Joquetta Johnson from the two-day Internet@Schools track.

Click HERE and explore from the drop-down menu to get a sampling of what was presented at the conference on library technology, issues, and strategies. The video archive includes several conference keynote speeches, sessions on big data, personal archiving, beacons (Know what they are? Find out!), and from the schools track, Joquetta being interviewed on Teaching Screenagers in the Land of Click, Slide, and Touch Screen.

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Gale Launches Largest Digital Archive of LGBTQ History and Culture

Gale has released the first part of Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program that brings together the largest collection of primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The archives meet a growing interest for content to support research in these disciplines, and represents the diverse content of the Gale Primary Sources program.

Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, Part I: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of fully-searchable rare and unique content from microfilm, newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets and other types of primary sources. Content is sourced from major gay and lesbian organizations worldwide–the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, GLBT Historical Society and others, and covers social, political, health and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the gay rights movement and the HIV/Aids crisis.

Available for all types of libraries, Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity will support research and instruction in queer history and activism, psychology, sociology, health, political science, policy studies, human rights, gender studies and more. Parts Two and Three are in the planning stages with the product's Advisory Board.

For more information on Gale’s Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, please visit gale.com.

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale, cengage.com or gale.cengage.com

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Gale Grows Digital Archive Program to Better Address Research Needs and Further Support Digital Humanities

Gale has announced the expansion and rebranding of its digital archive program. The new Gale Primary Sources program will increase both product volume and multicultural content to support new disciplines and research needs in the areas of digital humanities and text and data mining.

The Gale Primary Sources program will be publishing 35 new products this year which cover more than 500 years of history. Through its nearly 100 content partners, Gale is opening up 15 millions of pages of rare content from different parts of the world to researchers and digital humanists. New archive programs launching this spring represent the new face of the program, such as:

  • Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program that will bring together primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The first part of this three-part series –LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, represents the largest searchable digital archive of LGBTQ history;

  • Early Arabic Printed Books, the first major text-searchable online archive of pre-20th century Arabic printed books, required Gale to develop new technological advances such as optical character recognition software for early Arabic printed script; and

  • American Fiction, 1774-1920, which explores the development of American literature from the political beginnings of the United States through World War I, and includes thousands of works never before available online. It will enable students and researchers to answer key questions about history, society, identity, psychology, race, gender and culture.

In addition, Gale Primary Sources archives offer textual analysis tools to assist researchers who may not have programming experience or digital humanities programs at their institution. “Term cluster” and “term frequency” tools will sort through the text and index terms from the content, generating visual displays of information to help researchers easily identify relationships between words and phrases. Content from Gale Primary Sources archives are also available to current customers for text and data-mining purposes, and the company is exploring new data delivery models to better support digital humanities.

For more information on the Gale Primary Sources program, visit blog.gale.com/continuing-the-tradition-with-gale-primary-sources.

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale, cengage.com or gale.cengage.com

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LittleBits Announces STEAM Student Set

littleBits has announced the littleBits STEAM Student Set, a toolbox designed with educators to engage students in powerful STEAM learning through invention. As STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education becomes a national priority following President Obama’s call to prepare 100,000 new and effective STEM teachers over the next decade and commitments of over $1 billion to STEM initiatives, the need for innovative educational tools is stronger than ever before. STEAM adds Art and Design to STEM studies, encouraging students to learn by inventing, creating and designing. With the littleBits STEAM Student Set and companion littleBits STEAM PD offering, educators now have a fun and exciting way to bring STEAM into their classrooms, libraries and makerspaces.

The littleBits STEAM Student Set engages a student’s natural love of play and curiosity through invention-based learning. Easy to scaffold, the toolbox supports learners in grades 3-8 with 19 Bits--littleBits’ electronic building blocks--and 38 accessories to bring buzzing, blinking and creative inventions to life. A littleBits Teacher’s Guide provides hours of detailed companion lessons, curricular connections, implementation strategies, and helpful tips, while a mobile app provides thousands more ideas for the classroom. A 72-page Student Invention Guide contains guided invention challenges with step-by-step instructions, from “Invent a Self-Driving Vehicle” to explore the concept of friction, to “Hack Your Habits,” which encourages students to track their habits and invent something to improve their daily lives. An Invention Log worksheet encourages student reflection and documentation, while a Curricular Crosswalk chart provides an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards, Grade Levels and Common Core Standards that can be met by, or extended to meet, specific STEAM Student Set Challenges. For example, when students are challenged to “Invent a Throwing Arm” with littleBits, they’ll experiment with forces of motion and simple machines, and will be asked to systematically document their progress with the littleBits Invention Log.

Following the success of the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, littleBits turned its attention to education, aiming to address some of the challenges that educators and administrators were facing when trying to integrate STEAM into their classrooms. With over 12,000 educators and 2,200 schools using littleBits, the company designed the STEAM Student Set so that any educator, whether they have prior technical skills or not, could bring STEAM into their classroom in a fun and engaging way.

The littleBits STEAM Student Set is available to pre-order at littleBits.com/education and will be sold through education product retailers for $299.95.

Source: littleBits, littleBits.com

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Follett Now Offering ThinkCERCA Literacy Platform

Follett has announced it has begun selling ThinkCERCA, an award-winning online literacy platform that empowers teachers to personalize critical reading, writing and thinking instruction.

ThinkCERCA includes curriculum for grades 4-12 across English language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics. The CERCA framework, the core of the ThinkCERCA platform, provides consistent language and tools for teaching literacy and critical writing across the curriculum. ThinkCERCA is designed to bolster academic achievement and readiness for common state and college-readiness assessments, such as the ACT and SAT, in as few as six weeks.

ThinkCERCA has received recognition from luminaries across the technology space for its ability to empower teachers and develop the critical thinking and academic writing skills necessary for students to succeed in college, career and life. Its product has been recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chicago Innovation Awards, and EdSurge for its ability to boost student learning across the curriculum.

Designed by a team of leading educators and technology entrepreneurs, ThinkCERCA’s approach is supported by decades of research from University of Chicago showing achievement through cross-curricular reading, writing, and debate leads to increased college and career readiness.

In March 2015, Follett Corporation announced it would make a $3.2 million investment in ThinkCERCA from the Follett Knowledge Fund, a venture capital fund for new technologies with the potential to improve the way educational content is delivered and consumed.

For more information about ThinkCERCA, visit ThinkCERCA.com.

Source: Follett Corporation, follett.com

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