1- School librarians have been identified as the “go-to” people for digital content in a recently published report by the national education non-profit group, Project Tomorrow. The report, The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged and Empowered – How Today’s Educators are Advancing a New Vision for Teaching and Learning, http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html, shares the teacher, librarian and administrator findings from the group’s Speak Up 2010 survey. The survey found that the role of the school librarian is increasingly focused on the use of digital content in the classroom. In many schools, the school librarian has the responsibility for identifying, evaluating and recommending digital resources to teachers. Of the 2,125 school librarians surveyed, 78 percent identify websites for classroom use, and 47 percent find specific digital content, podcasts and videos to support classroom lessons. The study also found that librarians are also enabling and empowering teachers’ skills with digital content. Nearly 66 percent of school librarians participate with teachers in professional learning communities, and 33 percent train teachers how to locate and evaluate digital content.
Maureen Spada from Bennett Elementary in Onteora recommends taking a look at the following sites:
Books Should Be Free – free audio books from the public domain
Isle of Tune – create a musical journey
Are Ebooks Any Good? Do digital books help young kids learn to read, or are they mostly fun and games? Check out this amazing article from June School Library Journal featuring TumbleBooks – which our county has access through thanks to the School Library System.
Are you looking for some suggestions by your peers? Go to: http://www.librariansread.com