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Check It Out: October 5, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


October 16 - First Quarter ends

October 19-21 - NLA/NSLA Fall Conference: Libraries Transform. Ramada Conference Center, Omaha.

October 26 - Secondary Team Meeting (Both MS and HS) at Millard Branch of OPL (12:00-3:00)

October 27 - Elementary Team Meeting in TAC Cafeteria (8:30-11:30)

E is for Everyone!

This week, we were able to make the change of designation of E for Easy to E for Everyone.  You will now see this come up on the catalog and in LS2 staff.  This was a change that was voted on a few years ago and the technology finally caught up with us!

Eduptyping Update!

Update from the information posted in the September 28th newsletter.  See the items below.  Also, elementary supervisors are still working on setting up accounts for technology teachers and librarians.  When we know more, I will share!

Growth Mindset for Students

Kids can Vote with Pebblo Go Vote!

Capstone, publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, has launched PebbleGo Vote!, a free election-season resource connected to its PebbleGo databases.

PebbleGo Vote! allows students to share their preference for Clinton or Trump while learning about civic concepts such as democracy, various elected offices, and past presidents. PebbleGo Vote! will keep a national tally of students’ votes. Also, schools that complete a preregistration process, open until September 30, can track which candidate wins their school vote.

Voting opens on October 10 and closes on Election Day, November 8. The winner of PebbleGo Vote! will be announced on November 9. Schools do not need to be PebbleGo subscribers to participate.

“You are never too young to learn to have a voice,” said Capstone’s director of marketing, Amy Cox, in a statement.

Mix It Up has more election resources.

Thanks for Sharing!!

Whenever a librarian shares something with us that is too good to keep to ourselves, we will be sharing it here in the newsletter.  We will post who shared the items, just in case you might have questions for them.  Enjoy!  And to our librarian sharers this week--THANK YOU!

This one is from Deb Van Huffel (Kellom and Spring Lake)

Video on MakerSpace bins use in classroom (called STEM Bins by teacher)

This video is from a GATE teacher for early childhood, but the ideas can easily apply to the items you are might be purchasing for your libraries or to share with your classroom teachers.

This one comes from Karen Davis-Stone (Ashland Park--Robbins)

Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources (chock full of lesson plans!)

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to: build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources.

The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K – 12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.

This next one is from Ashley Amante at Walnut Hill

She has created a notebook for staff members to view.  It is full of all of the things she would normally share with staff through email or other communication (resources, technology info, etc.) Take a peek at her OneNote Notebook to see all the great info inside! 

Free Webinar

Engaging Reluctant Readers
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
3-4 PM EST, 12-1 PM PST

For some children, the library is practically a second home. But what about those kids who just can’t seem to get excited about books? How can librarians hook those reluctant readers? Sometimes, all you need to ignite a love of reading is the right tools: materials with intriguing subjects and eye-catching layouts bound to whet the appetites of even the most book-averse kids.

At our upcoming webcast, industry experts will offer a sneak peek at some titles from Andrews McMeel, Black Rabbit Books, and Listening Library. From makerspaces to graphic novels to audiobooks and everything in between, these selections are guaranteed to get patrons revved up about reading and learning. Join on October 11th to hear about Andrews McMeel’s “Epic Big Nate,” the 25th-anniversary volume; Black Rabbit’s “One Stop Science,” a nonfiction series that takes a hands-on approach to learning; and more!


Books I Wish My White Teacher Had Read

The list of books included in this article would be used for your own personal and professional growth.  Some of these books may also be appropriate for secondary libraries.  Be sure to check the reviews!

10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read

by Crystal Paul

Being a teacher is tough. Being a white teacher of students whose experiences are mostly foreign to yours is probably even harder.

Unfortunately, the whole U.S. education system is broken, especially for students of color. But what one teacher does in her own classroom can make a world of difference. Teachers have a responsibility to examine their own prejudices, and to learn about the experiences of (and oppressive forces working against) the students they are teaching. Because when we walk into a classroom, both as teachers and as students, we don’t magically leave our struggles and life experiences at the door.

Maybe you can’t change the whole system. Maybe rigid curricula and standardized tests have your hands tied. But, as some of my teachers showed me, reading a book can go a long way. These are some of the books that I wish my white teachers had read.

There are books mentioned in the article below.  I have books # 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 on order through Follett.  The Teacher Wars we do already have in the professional library.

Another Perspective on Inquiry

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects

Developed in North Carolina State University’s College of Education, Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global connects students internationally through interdisciplinary projects that require them to follow five steps: ask compelling questions; gather and analyze sources; creatively synthesize claims and evidence; critically evaluate and revise; and share, publish, and act. By conducting PBI Global with local and international peers, students negotiate the dynamic nature of collaboration, pursue varied means of communication, and internalize diverse perspectives. Students can use a collection of digital tools to effectively communicate and collaborate, including WeChat and Skype for discussing and planning in student teams. The capstone of every PBI Global is a showcase during which students present their digital products in front of peers, teachers, parents, and community members. The showcases are simulcast at partner schools so student groups present in real time.

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Inquiry is one approach to teaching and learning in a world that is exploding with information. In fact, teachers can use inquiry to support students as they delve deep into disciplinary content to provide a rich, nuanced learning experience. In our model, we want students to do more than explore topics during inquiry, we want them to use the tools of a discipline to understand claims and evidences and to create new knowledge. Our aim is that students will engage in authentic, intellectual work so that their products will have value within schools as well as outside of school in their everyday lives.

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609: Library curriculum, Super 3+/Big 6+ Inquiry, Professional library, Newsletter Items, Secondary Author Visits
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants, Elementary Author Visits

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