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April is School Library Month!

If you’d like to find and print advocacy materials, check out the AASL advocacy website for School Library Month.

Historical information about the celebration: 

The AASL efforts for a national School Library Month were spearheaded by Lucille Thomas, chair of the School Library Media Month Committee. Thomas was appointed by President Judy King in 1983. AASL officials, local and national dignitaries got the month off to a rousing start on April 1, 1985 with a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) delivered the keynote address. Moynihan told the school librarians in the audience, “I want to thank you for what you do. I hope you know how important your work is. You change lives for the better. You touch people while they can still be touched.”

In 2010, the name of the celebration was changed to School Library Month after the Board of Directors voted to readopt the professional title school librarian, from the former school library media specialist.

Information about the Digies

We received updated information about the Digies Festival:

There have been many questions about the status of the Digies Digital Media Festival. Due to the current circumstances we have extended the deadline for submissions to Friday, May 1st. If further adjustments are required we will make them near that date.

The in-person festival, originally scheduled for May 21st, has been cancelled due to necessary constraints from the venue. We are continuing to look at options on how to celebrate the work of students.

In the meantime, keep those submissions coming!

 

Featured Resources: Images & The Smithsonian

There are a ton of images on the web, and if you need to use an image, you have to be very careful about where you get it. Pay attention to the licensing. If you’re not sure how to read the licensing, check out our LibGuide on Creative Commons. On the LibGuide, we explain the differences between copyright free and royalty-free. There is a link to the creative commons licensing explanations. We also include a list of sources for royalty-free photos.

In addition to these, you may have also heard, that the Smithsonian has released more than 2.8 million images that you can use for free. These will include 2D and 3D images. Find them here: https://www.si.edu/openaccess.

It is also worth checking out the Educator Resources on that same website. We will elaborate on this in future posts.

Teach with Primary Sources from the National Archives

To piggy-back off of yesterday’s post about the 19th Amendment, consider teaching with primary sources from 100 years ago, accessible through the National Archives website: archives.gov.

Don’t forget the amazing resources also at the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/women-fight-for-the-vote/about-this-exhibition/

See the actual 19th Amendment below, downloaded for free from the National Archives. Click to open the .pdf.

Celebrate 2020 with WXXI

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, WXXI has developed a number of audio profiles accessible on their website.

See the list here: https://www.wxxi.org/wh/celebrate-2020-suffrage-moments-audio-profiles

These short audio clips are great for a quick introduction to a topic, to get students thinking and talking about suffrage, the voting rights of all citizens, and some of the issues that parts of America are faced with today.

Featured Resource: Free Stock Music

In addition to our vast collection of music and sound effects from Soundzabound, there is another free resource where you can find stock music. This is https://mixkit.co. When you click into the music section of the site, you are able to browse an array of various music clips. At the top, you can search for music with specific terminology, or you can filter the selection by Genre, Mood, or Tag. It’s a quick easy way to find music for your student films, podcasts, or stop motion videos.

If you’re using a video editor on a computer, you can also use Mixkit to download free stock video footage.

March Learning Opportunities

There are two learning opportunities coming up in the next two weeks.

This week, Classlink is hosting a webinar on March 19 with New York school district technology leaders on Ed Law 2-d. If your district is already using ClassLink, this may be very valuable information for you. If you are using something else, it may still be valuable, but keep in mind they will be talking about the ClassLink product.

Webinar: Five district’s secret weapons and successful processes for NYS Ed. Law 2D compliance using ClassLink!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

Register here: https://www.classlink.com/events/webinar-ed-law

Presenters and Panel:

  • Shelley Rossitto, Former Technology Director, Monticello School Districts
  • Dr. Ailene Cavaliere, Coordinator of Instructional Technology & CIO, Lindenhurst UFSD
  • Rob Zdrojewski, Director of Technology, Oakfield-Alabama School District
  • Reanna Fulton, Director of Technology, West Islip School District
  • Dan DeMarco, Project Manager, ClassLink
  • Bob Chappell, VP Instructional Technology, ClassLink
  • Patrick Devanney, VP Interoperability, ClassLink

Discussion Topics:

  • Single Sign-On – a tool to manage access to digital assets through a private district portal
  • Roster Server – rostering, data reporting and improving data security and activity audit trails using the industry-standard OneRoster
  • New tools & workflows to managing security agreements and 2D compliance, along with adding structure the on-boarding process of digital material
  • OneSync – greater responsiveness and security by automating the creation and deactivation of network accounts
  • Public Portal – facilitating the transparency of your digital landscape with community stakeholders

Next week, WXXI Education is hosting a free environmental-themed educator open house (Inventing Green Open House) on Wednesday, March 25 from 4-7 p.m. at WXXI Studios. It is open to any educator working with 2nd – 8th graders (8-13 years old). Educators can include: classroom teachers, after-school and out-of-school staff, librarians… There will be free learning materials, giveaways, prizes, local community partners, resources from PBS KIDS Design Squad Global, and more! The event is free but registration is required.

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Featured Resources: Instructional Media

Monroe One BOCES offers educators in districts that participate in our Multimedia service the SAFARI Montage instructional video platform, and Learn360 videos.

To get there, go to: https://media.monroe.edu and log in with your Active Directory account (what you would normally use to log in to your school computer)

To help you think through how to use video in your classroom, read this Eduptopia article from March of last year about using video in the classroom: https://www.edutopia.org/article/using-video-content-amplify-learning. It lays out very clear tips for using video in your classroom (summarized below).

It’s important to have a clear purpose for using a film, documentary or news clip. Make sure you’re not just assigning a video to use up time.

Be purposeful when using video, such as:

  • Building background knowledge on a topic. Video is great for ELL students because they can pick up information using visual cues.
  • Enriching a text or text excerpt. Video can help students visualize a place, event or person.
  • Deepening or solidifying student learning. Giving students information in multiple modalities can help students learn more thoroughly.

Tips for using video:

  • Be selective. Pick the most dynamic and pertinent clips to illustrate your point. Use the chapters feature in SAFARI Montage
  • Provide a mission. “As you watch, pay attention to…” Setting a goal will keep students attentive.
  • Pause to ponder (and write)
  • Turn on closed captioning. Again, listening, while reading and using video images for visual clues are great multimodal ways for students to take in information.