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Check It Out: January 27, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Mark your calendars for NSLA's School Librarians' Day, March 19, 2016 at Mahoney State Park!  Speakers include Bruce Arant, Beth Kabes, and more!!! NSLA members can attend free. See flier for details.

​February 1, 2016   Sherwood Summer Library Applications are DUE

February 10, 2016  (12:00 PM)  High School Team Meeting--location TAC

February 17, 2016  (12:00 PM)  Middle School Team Meeting--location TAC

February 25, 2016  (8:30-11:30)  Elementary team Meeting at Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium


Student Technology Conference Jan 30th

Connect with Students Worldwide

The second annual Student Technology Conference, a free one-day online event bringing together students, educators, and innovators from around the world, will be held on January 30, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (ET). The Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion, and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students in grades 6–12, colleges and universities, and others, is intended to foster a better understanding of how students use technology in education—both in and out of the classroom—and to engage students, teachers, and administrators in a conversation about technology. You can join the conference for just for one session or for every session. If you miss a session, you can watch it later, since all the sessions will be recorded. You can join anywhere you have an Internet connection; the schedule of sessions is published online in each of the time zones in the world. Just find your time zone, find the sessions taking place, and click right into the ones you want to join.

Digital Learning Day--Feb 17

Rafranz Davis Quote

Tune into Digital Learning Day Live! on Feb 17

With this year marking the fifth anniversary of Digital Learning Day (DLDay), Digital Learning Day Live! will explore the state of digital equity in schools and communities across America. From small, rural towns to large, urban cities, join local leaders, educators, and students for a look at how the digital divide is impacting their communities and what they are doing to solve it.

For more information on Digital Learning Day Live!, visit

Rafranz Davis Announced as Emcee of Digital Learning DayRafranz Davis

The Alliance is proud to announce that Rafranz Davis will be the official emcee of DLDay 2016! The fifth anniversary event will feature an all new format that not only celebrates great educators and leaders, but it will be hosted by one as well. Rafranz is a Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, two time Bammy Award finalist, author, and executive director of professional and digital learning for Lufkin Independent School District. Click here to register for the live webcast.

How Will You Celebrate?

With less than four weeks to go, local DLDay events are planned in more than thirty different states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Be sure your school, district, or program is represented. Click here to add your activity to the official DLDay event map.

February Display Ideas

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The display below could pair fiction and non-fiction books.  It could pair a popular title with one that doesn't circulate as much.

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Finished Early Activites--What Students Can Do While Others Are Checking Out

We've had several questions recently about what students can do when they are finished checking out and others in class are not (other than SSR).  There are MANY ideas.  Below are just a few.  Try tying your activity to something you learned about in the library--for example, cut out book covers from scholastic flyers.  Have student sort the books into fiction and non-fiction based on their covers and descriptions.  Have students put note cards of Call Numbers in alphabetical or Dewey order (this could be a great use for those "extra" stickers that come with your Follett orders.  What do you do?  We'd love to hear from you.  Send your ideas to Courtney by February 5th to be featured in the February 10th Newsletter.

Or possibly, something like the matrix below.

Early Finishers March Choice Board - Focusing on Higher Order Thinking Skills $:

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).