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Check It Out: December 2, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Technology & the Big 6+

Remember, the goal of an inquiry project is not the end product or learning a technology tool.  The goal is to work with students to learn a research process to expand learning on curricular topics.  So, be sure to ask yourself...

Read Around the Planet

Dawn Ferreyra has shared the following information on Read around the Planet:

Please see below for some exciting opportunities. Please let me know if you need assistance with any of these events and activities.

Read around the Planet is celebrating its 15-year Anniversary!

Read Around the Planet REGISTRATION OPENS December 1st and CLOSES January 15, 2016. Read around the Planet takes place February 22nd - March 4th, 2016.

IMPORTANT RAP information:

  • TWICE invites you to participate in a celebration of reading using videoconferencing technology.
  • This is a CAPspace Matching Event - you sign up and we provide you a partner class.
  • Classes can participate in English, Spanish, ESL or special education.
  • Classes share skits, raps, original poetry/writing, songs, game shows, and more. The teacher packet has more ideas!
  • Please choose all the dates and times you can participate - only choosing one day/time increases your chances of ending in the unmatched list.
  • Please, do NOT post a collaboration called Read around the Planet (too confusing for everyone).
  • You must be connected to verified equipment (blue monitor icon on your profile page). Verification information under the FAQ tab in CAPspace. Verification must be completed by January 8, 2016.
  • Janine Lim, who started Read Across America 15 years ago has sent a welcome video and a trip down memory lane video. Check them out on our RAP 15th Celebration wiki -
  • A flyer, coordinator packet and teacher packet are available here -
  • We hope you can participate in this year's 15th anniversary celebration of Read around the Planet - the event that started CAPspace.

Revising vs Editing

Crash Course--Intellectual Property

Have you ever wanted to know more about copyright, fair use, or intellectual property but didn't want to look it up or read through a large book on copyright to find out?  Then you are in luck!  Crash Course (a YouTube Channel sponsored by John and Hank Green) has a specific set of videos on Intellectual Property.  This would be great for your own personal knowledge, but preview before sharing with students.

Crash Course:  Intellectual Property

Free Webinars for December

Here are a few FREE webinars you might be interested in attending.  Many times if you are not able to attend at the time of broadcast, if you register, you will be sent a link to an archived copy of the webinar. 

Trials and Tribulations:  Handling Hard Topics for Youth (from Booklist)

December 3, 2015  1:00-2:00

Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar that will cover a range of literature on difficult subjects for kids and teens. Representatives from Lerner Publishing Group, Lorimer, and Second Story Press will share titles to encourage understanding of, and discussion about, hard-hitting and sensitive topics. Moderated by Maggie Reagan, Booklist Books for Youth associate editor.

NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2015 - Online 

December 23, 2015 10:00-11:00

Sally Snyder, Nebrask Library Commission's Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Service, and Jill Annis, Librarian at Elkhorn (NE) Grandview Middle School, will give brief book talks on new titles that could be good additions to your library's collection. Titles for middle and high school ages will be included.

NCompass Live: Best New Children's Books of 2015 - Online 

January 6, 2016  10:00-11:00

Sally Snyder, Nebrask Library Commission's Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, will give brief book talks on new titles that could be good additions to your library's collection. Titles for preschool through elementary school will be included.



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