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Check It Out: March 8, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Elementary Team Meeting -- Thursday March 9th @ Kaneko 8:30 AM

Remember to check the resources tab in the newsletter to find all sorts of information including the video use policy, integrated pacing guides, Dewey signs.  You will also find information on Go Noodle,, PBS, the MTC, Three Rivers Library System book bags, and much more.

And in a new tab in there is now a repository for all information from the newsletter (and more) related to Fake News including lesson plans.

Elementary Librarians

Thank you to the 45 elementary librarians who voted on the Common Sense Media lessons that will be required for next year.  Just sharing the list with you now in case anyone wants to try them out this year.  We've heard they are great to do during testing times.

Remember, lessons are only required for grades 3-5, but you can do lessons for K-1 as well.  All lesson plans are available at

3rd Grade:   Private and Personal        

                      The Power of Words

4th Grade:   Strong Passwords

                      How to Cite a Site

5th Grade:   What's Cyberbullying?

                      Talking Safely Online

Authors who Skype for Free!

Thank you to Cindy Jackson for sharing this resource!

Welcome to the Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs List!  I’m Kate Messner, the children’s author and educator who maintains this site.  I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors and readers, and I realize that many schools facing budget troubles don’t have the option of paid author visits. With that in mind, this is a list of authors who offer free 15-20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books. As an author, I offer free Skype chats for the following titles:

Design Education in All Disciplines

The Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum offers several resources on how to integrate design-thinking connections into the K–12 classroom. Cooper Hewitt’s Educator Resource Center features more than 400 design-based lessons written by educators from all disciplines. In addition to the K–12 lessons, the website offers best practices, videos, and other design resources that allow educators to be fully equipped to implement design education across any subject, year after year. Three sample lessons illustrate how design thinking can be integrated into mathematics, science, and English language arts learning: “Using Design to Solve Math Problems in the Real World,” “Connecting the Scientific Method to Design,” and “Learning Paragraph Structure Through Design.

Maker Space Orders

If you wish to put in a maker space order, please contact Stacy Lickteig and she will assist you.

Scrub those You Tube Videos! will "clean" you You Tube Videos of commercials and other distractions.

Check it out at

Novel Noise Meter

Looking for a new way to visually check noise levels in your space? Try

The site has four choices, balls, emojis, bubbles or eyeballs.Set a line you don't want the noice levels to go past, and watch the fun!

Create Stunning Visuals, Videos and More!

Adobe Spark is an integrated web and mobile solution that enables everyone, especially teachers and their students, to easily create and share impactful visual stories. Adobe Spark supports three story formats, three ways to express ideas:
Spark Page turns stories into modern, professional, attention-grabbing web pages. With Page, teachers and students can bring words and images together in fun ways, turning essays, assignments, reports, and more into engaging visual stories.
Spark Post enables you to create stunning social graphics in seconds. When you’re done,save your creation, or share it with family and friends via e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.
Spark Video lets you turn your story into a captivating animated narrated video in just minutes. Spark automatically incorporates cinema-quality animation; just tap play and view it on any device or browser. Then, share with friends, family, and the world.

To get to the site, go to

The free Adobe Spark Guide for Educators can be accessed below:

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
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants

Display Ideas

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).