TIE Reads + A Collection of Digital Book Resources

I've been a big fan of audiobooks for several years now. Turns out, being a young mom makes it incredibly hard to find time to read. Plus, for me, I happen to be in a profession that necessitates heavy reading which, in turn, tires my eyes for any leisure reading I might be able to squeeze in.

So thank goodness for a variety of digital reading formats! These days there are oodles of ways to read digitally so in this post I'll share yet one more way.
You can find the resource I'm highlighting today and many more linked on my Pearltrees Collection titled Digital Books for SD Librarians & Educators.

I'd like to highlight one resource from this collection...

TIE Reads is a digital collection of professional eBooks and audiobooks freely available to TIE member districts our state.

The collection contains titles featured in TIE online classes as well as titles highlighted at the Systems Change conference. Topics include coding, makerspaces, differentiation, growth mindset, …

Random Reads (3)

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month and the State Library would like to share some valuable resources to help educators of all types (that includes school librarians!) support the integration of Native American curriculum and programming.

One local-to-South Dakota resource is the Oceti Sakowin [oh-CHEH-tee SHAW-koh-we] State Content Standards. The OSEU standards are intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. Check out the WoLakota Project. It's a ready-to-use supplement to the OSEU standards and it's full of elder videos, interviews, lessons, films, and all kinds of related resources.

In addition, the State Library has updated its page of resources to support Native American studies and education. The only link on it is my Pearltrees curated collection titled Native American Resources for SD School Librarians & Educators. It's loaded with links to resources supporting Native American culture, history, lang…

Tech Roundup! CommonLit

CommonLit is a free online tool/resource that is a must-share with your staff especially those who teach ELA and social studies. I can also see this as a wonderful resource for ENL, SPED, and struggling students because of its differentiation capabilities.
CommonLit's 1400+ text collection is filled with fiction and nonfiction reading passages for grades 2nd - 12th. It a good way to supplement or modify or even replace literature commonly found in the curriculum - think Beowulf, The Gift of the Magi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, and even Tupac and J.K. Rowling!

The paired text feature is a smart option for finding texts based on similar themes, literary devices, topics, or writing style. This pairing works well to challenge students to compare and contrast the texts.
On the tech side of it, CommonLit (once you have a free account) allows teachers to assign texts and then assess students digitally throughout the reading. The student analysis feature cer…

Random Reads (2)

In this post I'll share two articles I found interesting and saved using Pocket. Pocket is an online holding zone to save articles, videos, images all in one place. It's usable on many devices and has an extension too. Simply save from the Web, via email, or via many apps to read offline or online anytime. I really appreciate Pocket for its "save-for-later" capabilities.

The first article of this issue of Random Reads is about libraries across our country. It's especially fun to see a variety of libraries - new and old alike! 
The second article is about sleep and it's biological importance in our lives.

Sidenote: This summer I was able to personally visit the main New York City Public Library. I appreciated the amazing murals and architecture, the general vibe of the building, and the air conditioning!

(Keep scrolling down to access the two articles).

Copyright & Fair Use for Schools

David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resource Coordinator, and I worked on a document which we hope you will find helpful as you explore the complicated world of copyright. It's linked in my Pearltrees Collection titled (wait for it...) Copyright & Fair Use. This curated collection has lists sorted by general, free-to-use images, free-to-use digital books, and attribution.

This web course titled Copyright for Educators is a good one for not only librarians but teachers as well. You'll learn about the basics of copyright including fair use for educators. The course is free and self-paced and the time commitment is less than what it reads.

SIDENOTE: My favorite curation tool, Padlet, has undergone changes in terms of its payment structure so I've been using Pearltrees instead and am liking it. Also, the jury is still out, but I think Pearltrees may be less cumbersome for the end-user - you!  I do, however, still use and like Padlet very much for its message board, quizzing featu…

Digital Citizenship Week 2018

Digital Citizenship Week is October 15-19 and I'd like to share some resources to support your work. One of our many roles as school librarians is to help students cultivate skills necessary to thrive in today's digital, information-rich world. It's our job to teach them how to think critically about information and then apply it to life.

Some of that means...
understanding the benefits and risks of having access to a plethora of information understanding the benefits and risks of sharing and engagingdiscerning between news sources and other types of informationbalancing screen time with other activities In our own School Library Standards, there's a strand titled Ethical Participation that is dedicated to the concepts of digital citizenship. And in the newly proposed school library standards, the content of that strand was expanded upon and then the strand was relabeled to Civic and Ethical Literacy.

So here are a few sources I'd like to highlight:

The Digital, Me…

Teen Read Week! 2018

October 7-13, 2018 is Teen Read Week!

This year's theme is It's Written in the Stars: READ. 

Librarians can use this theme to encourage teens to think and read outside of the box - perhaps exploring genres new to them. Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards (aka YARP Awards) And in our own state, what better way to kick off Teen Read Week than to promote the SD Teen Choice Book Awards for 2018-19!  These awards are also referred to as the YARP Awards and feature two lists: one for middle school and one for high school. Online voting for the YARP awards always opens during Teen Read Week and winners are announced during National Library Week in early April.
Kerri Smith, teacher-librarian from Sioux Falls Washington High School and Chair of the YARP Committee, has created go-to ema…

Resource Share: Teacher Lab

This PD resource is sooooo good, you all.
TeacherLab is spot on in terms learning about information literacy and research skills.

I can see this free ecourse used in a variety of ways in schools and libraries:
For seasoned librarians (both school and public) to freshen up knowledge.

For new librarians (both school and public) to learn the ropes.

For teachers to learn the basics of information literacy and research.

For library students/aides as part of your library science course.  
Teacher Lab was specifically designed for K-12 educators to help them feel more confident navigating the world of information to build richer, more engaging learning opportunities for students.  It allows educators to increase knowledge of locating texts and resources that assist in meeting specific instructional goals in the classroom.

The course includes:
an orientation to the resources of the modern public librarya special collection in an archivea review of information literacy skills essential for navi…

Tech Round Up! BreakoutEDU

At this year's School Library Boot Camp Campers participated in a Breakout experience with speaker Jennifer LaGarde (who was awesome, by the way!).

BreakoutEDU is a fun way for students to work together to solve problems and challenging puzzles to open up locked boxes or rooms. Think breakout boxes, escape rooms, and simulation games...

Breakouts encourage students to become curious, ask questions, and grow their brains and they can be adapted to various content areas and even for professional development.

Jennifer LaGarde has an awesome website to learn more about Breakouts including info. on how to make your own.

You can also purchase ready-to-go kits from BreakoutEDU to turn your library into an escape room.

Games on BreakoutEDU are available for a variety of ages and content areas including...

what for it... 

Topics include:
Dewey Organization
Digital Citizenship
Intellectual Freedom
Library Orientation
Searching the Library
Source Types
Social Media
Internet …