Elementary librarians, if you have not taken the scheduling survey, please do so now. Here is the link: Survey
Schedules are due to Library services by August 28. You can send them to Gwen Jackson.
Curriculum Day will be September 18.
High School Librarians will be AM at Northwest
Middle School Librarians will be PM at Hale
Here is why you should remember to send those photos our way: Our reach on social media is growing every year. We currently have over 200 followers on Facebook and we had two posts last week reach a crazy number of people. One post has already reached over 2200 people and another 1400 people! We have a large following on Twitter as well at almost 200--which include community groups, OPS schools, OPS administrators, and school board members. These people are great advocates for you and your school libraries. Let's keep them informed about the wonderful ways you are helping your students grow every single day.
From time to time I get call from administrators regarding proper use of videos, and I am guessing that many of you get these questions as well. The following information from Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment outlines the practices of the Omaha Public Schools:
The use of video (i.e., DVDs, videotapes, streaming video, YouTube, etc.), when used judiciously, can effectively promote student learning in the classroom. Brain research shows that students in grades K-7 can generally attend to instruction for 5-12 minutes while older adolescents can attend for approximately 12-15 minutes before their attention lags (Jensen, 1998). Researchers have suggested that students’ focus wanes after 10 minutes of passive viewing of videos (Adams and Hamm, 2001). So, while videos can enrich educational experiences, educators must be conscious of time constraints on a student’s ability to attend and process visual media (Schulz, 2006).
When using video, district best practices must be considered and all of the following conditions must be met:
Adams, D. and M. Hamm, Literacy in a Multimedia Age. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc., 2001.
Jensen, E. Teaching with the Brain in Mind. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998.
Schulz, Cynthia D. “Timing Is Everything: Using Videos and DVDs with Students.” Library Media Connection 24.4(2006): 14-17. Education Research Complete. Web 19 Mar, 2015.
for Big 6+ Displays or Interactive activities with students
A free template for the t-shirts is included on the website.
Have a few spare minutes?
Here's a great idea to keep your students engaged and learning!
The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!
Diane Cox sends the following information:
Saturday, September 12
Mahoney State Park
Open Air Pavilion
The Nebraska StoryArts will be presenting the Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park (Open Air Pavilion). It is free to the public. The only cost for the day would be the state park fee for your car. It runs from 10:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. (after the ghost stories), with story performances during the whole day (except for the supper hour).
Also during the afternoon, there will be workshops presented by some of the nationally recognized tellers at the festival. There is a cost for these, but if a group signs up, there is a sizeable discount. (Call Donnis at 402-895-3689 for more information.)
This year's storytellers are: Connie Regan-Blake (one of America's most celebrated storytellers); LaRon Williams (We had him tell stories at Field Club several years ago.) Heather Forest (who blends stories, music, and poetry); Jeff Doyle (who tells wild, funny and scary stories). Local artist Brad Hoshaw (an Omaha native singer/songwriter).
If you don't think you could sit still that long, there are also state park activities that you would enjoy.
Consider a day at Mahoney...a day of stories. It will be a good time! Want to know more? http://www.nebraskastoryarts.org/moonshell_festival.html
If you experience problems with accessing the new video player from Go Noodle, please see if the following suggestions help. 1) Use Firefox. 2) Authenticate the filer through YouTube. Let us know if this does not work for you.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).
Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).