YALSA is joining with the Alliance for Excellent Education to celebrate Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012. Check out their website, where you can sign up to receive information as the initiative develops as well as access a toolkit. This is directed toward providing secondary students the skills they need to be successful upon graduation. Libraries play a huge role in this area!!
One of Joyce Valenza's 'practicum' students has made a very cool LibGuide on YA Literature you should check out but there are also a host of other very useful sites and tools at Joyce's Bookleads Reading Resources page, for both secondary and elementary. See if you can find some new websites to use and to share with your students, staff and parents. Katie
The National Park Service has created resources exploring the science behind the various national park facilities on their Alaska Park Science page. They publish journals twice a year which delve into topics such as the moraine formation of the Muldrow Glacier or caribou population dynamics. These are all archived for later use.
They also have a page for teachers and kids as well as a page with 50 plus games for kids. Beautiful graphics, some tense text and great bibliographies which might be useful for high school scientists as well as the games on their Web Rangers page for younger folks. Check it out
This sounds like a meld of technology and writing to me! The long version is National Novel Writing Month and looks like a lot of fun. I know it is late to get the word out for this year but check it out and perhaps put it on your calendar for next year!
Lathrop High School is one of two Alaskan schools competing in the Glee: Give a Note competition. Listen to their entry and vote here!
Did you know you can embed code from Discovery Ed into a Google Earth project? Here is a link to a number of lessons which could be great starters for teachers and librarians! Some of the screen shots appear to be an older version of Google Earth than what I have but I was still able to walk through the steps. The process does require the viewer to login before viewing the video clip which is not as neat and tidy as embedding a video in a powerpoint. Still....neat way to tie Discovery Ed to Google Earth! Katie
Check out this great adaptation of a classic musical....when you have access to YouTube!
Wow, are these "curated" projects created at Scoop-it amazing! Check out what Joyce Valenza and her amazing crew have been up to now -
What a fun way to gather information and so classy. I can't wait to see some locally created Scoops posted on our various webpages. Katie
Here is an award I admit I know little about but I'll certainly be checking it out. It is called the Cybils and it is for Children's and Young Adults Literary Awards published between Oct. 16, 2010 to Oct. 15, 2011 and YOU get to nominate them! Go the their website for Eligibility Rules and then get the word out to your readers who are up on NEW material!! Look at the Nomination Form for the different categories which include Easy Readers up to YA, graphic novels, poetry, ebooks and apps too! But don't dilly dally. The deadline is Oct 15. After that you can be looking for the winners!
Thank you Joyce Valenza for pointing us to this wonderful website. Story Snoops is a site started by parents to support parents through offering recommendations of good books from a parent's perspective. While the recommendations have an option of books for All Ages they seem to start with Tween age books and go on up with Tween/Teen, Teen and then Adult books. Be sure to check out the amazing collection of other search parameters in the pull down menus.
For example -"Books About Kids Like Yours ..... and then you can choose from -