Better searches. Best results. That’s how Scholastic Go! plans to bring in the new year when it debuts its new interface on January 15. Scholastic Go! has a fresh design with a greater focus on searching and a more streamlined and intuitive user experience.
Admit it. As much as we want students to use databases for a majority of their research needs, many students will still choose to search via Google. Now, instead of students having to choose, Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context database offers the ability to search database content alongside Google search results.
December is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only do students and staff members ask for reading recommendations for the upcoming holiday break, they request help to find the perfect book for a child, friend or family member. With the thousands of books published each year, selecting the right book for someone could seem like a daunting task. However, it is easier than you may think.
There are plenty of book lists available to narrow down your choices. As there are a variety of readers and/or age groups, I chose four book lists to share. These lists offered different ways to organize book recommendations and should meet the needs of everyone.
Pageapalooza is underway at Lakes, and the ACHS challenge begins on October 2. Both students and staff are welcome to participate in the reading contest. The goal: To read as many pages as you can for the fun of it, either with the support of a team or as an individual, over the course of four weeks.
Lakes and ACHS subscribe to NoodleTools to support students through the research process. Though most commonly used for its simple citation generator (similar to EasyBib), NoodleTools also offers research planners, to-do lists, e-notecards, and collaborative features for students working on group projects. Additionally, NoodleTools syncs with Google, which means that students and teachers can use their District 117 Google username and password to access the program.
Barb and I are always on the hunt to discover new technology resources for teachers. We are excited to share with you the American Association of School Libraries (AASL) 2017 list for Best Apps and Websites for Teaching and Learning.
Change up your usual class routine and give BreakoutEDU a try. Your students will beg you for more. Really.
Here’s how it works: There is a box. There are some locks. There’s some other stuff, too. You give your students a scenario, and their job is to work together to find a way to crack the combos on the locks to get into the box. Depending on the scenario you choose, students are required to use their content knowledge to solve clues. They also need to problem solve, collaborate, think critically — all of those great 21st Century / Transfer Skills.
A few teachers / staff members already have implemented BreakoutEDU with success, including social studies teachers Tiffany Nix and Nick Aguina, school psychologist Eric Born, and CTE teacher Marcia Zboril. I used BreakoutEDU for an ILC Do Something Cool last semester, and the students left the room asking, “When can we do that again?”
Here is what Tiffany had to say about her experience using BreakoutEDU along with co-teacher Nick:
Congratulations to Enrique Gomez and Kaylee Riffer, who joined the ILC Reader Hall of Fame for reading all twenty books on the Abraham Lincoln Book Award list for 2017. This is Enrique's second year in a row of accomplishing this challenge. Each earned a $10 Amazon gift card. They also were invited to a pizza party along with the several other students who read at least four books from the list to qualify to vote for their favorite. Any student who read at least four books was entered into a raffle for a Kindle Fire. Our two winners were Ailyn Daruwala and Kaylee Riffer.
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