April 21-22, 2016 NETA at Century Link
Remember, your annual reports will be due prior to leaving for summer break. Just check the "Annual Reports" tab at the top of this page to refresh yourself on the details. Let us know if you have any questions! And also remember, this is a great advocacy tool to share with stakeholders at your school. Be sure to forward it on to your administration, PTA/PTO/PTSA, etc.
Do you enjoy listening to people chat and geek out about books? Consider listing to a book related podcast while driving, walking around your neighborhood, folding laundry, or shelving books. It's pretty simple to do, and you can do so on your iPad mini through iTunes or the free Apple Podcasts app. If you are not opposed to spending $3.99, the Pocket Casts app is very simple and easy to use as well.
Professional Book Nerds
Hosted by staff librarians from Overdrive, each week they discuss what books they are reading, give suggestions based on listener questions, and discuss what books are slated for release soon. They discuss a variety of grade levels and genres. Be sure to keep a notepad nearby when you are listening to write down suggestions for your library or for personal reading.
Dear Book Nerd
Welcome to the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a bi-weekly show that answers YOUR questions about life, love, and literature! Sponsored by Book Riot and based on their online advice column.
is a podcast about children’s books and the joy and power of reading
Leading children's authors discuss their work with young readers and the Guardian literary team. This is UK based and covers both children's and YA books. If you enjoy accents and hearing about British authors, check this one out.
A YA book review podcast hosted by authors Bryan Cohen and Robert Scanlon. Each week they read and review a new book--you will definitely recognize the titles. It's a fun listen, because you can tell how much they both truly enjoy reading. During each show, they review the book, give 3 takeaways they have from the story, and provide a writing prompt based on the book read.
Releasing monthly episodes (and sometimes more!), tune in for news and discussions of the most popular and latest young adult books and authors! We talk about The Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter, The 5th Wave, Shadowhunters, and much more! Brought to you by Bookstacked.com and its network sites, FactionHub.net, 5thWave.net, and ShadowhuntersHQ.net.
If you listen to any great podcasts about books and/or reading, let Courtney know and we will share them in future newsletters.
Below is an excerpt from an online article about teaching about plagiarism and paraphrasing--which fits perfectly with Use of Information in the Big 6+ Inquiry. Check out the complete article here.
The following are practical steps for writing a good paraphrase:
Check the website above for more info or for a list of 2015 titles.
What is SYNC?
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Running May 5th - August 17th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week (30 titles) - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. In 2014, 26 titles were given away over 13 weeks. In 2015, 28 titles were given away over 14 weeks.
SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.
Simply sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.
Please Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles. The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.
Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by , and are Mac and Windows compatible.
Downloads will operate through the OverDrive app.
Most listening devices are supported.
Each SYNC will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.
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).