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Doodle4Google Contest

Have you seen today’s Google Doodle? It’s the winner of last year’s Doodle 4 Google contest. Today marks the opening of the 2019 Doodle 4 Google contest, where one lucky student doodler will win a $30,000 college scholarship, and a $50,000 technology package for their school. Four National Finalists will win a $5,000 college scholarship.

Go to doodles.google.com/d4g for more information about the contest. The contest closes March 18th so get doodling!

Media Literacy Project Grant Announcement

The New York State Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) has announced the opening of the application process for its annual Media Literacy Project Grant. Each year, the EMTA provides up to two awards in the amount of $1,250 for certified educators in NYS who are working with PreK-12 students on media literacy.

The grant supports educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy, and provides funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.

Examples of eligible projects include a film literacy course after school, using video effectively in your lesson plans, and learning about the effective creation and use of media in student work. Descriptions of last years grant awards are listed on the EMTA website.

More information and the application can also be found on the EMTA website at: www.edmediatech.org

Submission Deadline for 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about a minute and a half.

Every year, they show the best movies we receive at special-event screenings in Rochester New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Boston, Tacoma, and other cities—co-hosted by festival founder James Kennedy (author of the young-adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish) and other award-winning children’s authors. This year, James will be co-hosting with Bruce Coville.

The national deadline for the 8th Annual 90-Second Newbery is January 11.

Who can make movies for this film festival?

It’s a big range: elementary schoolers, junior high kids, high schoolers, even college students. Adult help OK!

This is a fun project that will get your students reading Newbery winners, give students an excuse to mess around with video equipment, and learn and/or practice everything from close reading to scriptwriting, storyboarding to directing, and cinematography to video editing!

If you can’t get a project done in time, start reading now for next year, and attend this year’s festival to see what it’s all about. The festival will be held in Rochester on March 17th at 2pm in the theater Eisenhart Auditorium of the Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Ave).

More information can be found under the reading tab of our SLS LibGuide, or at the 90-Second Newbery festival web site.

Three Apples Book Award Nominations

The finalists for the 2019 Three Apples Book Awards were announced. The list can be found here.

The Three Apples Book Awards were developed to encourage reading for pleasure by the Section for School Librarians and Youth Services Sections of the New York Library Association. The voting is open to students in grades UPK-12 and is broken into three categories: Young Readers – Grades PK-2; Children – Grades 3-6; and Teens – Grades 6-12.

Students nominate their favorite books in September and October. From this list, students are encouraged to READ! READ!! READ!!! and then vote for their favorites in April. Ballots will be available at school and public libraries. Only students who have read or listened to at least 3 titles from the list are eligible to vote.

For more information about the Three Apples Book Awards go to: www.nyla.org

Regents Review on WXXI

Regents Review 2.0 is a series of test-prep programs for high school students who plan to take New York State Regents exams in the June of 2018.

Watch programs on-demand & exam schedule and study resources at: www.regentsreviewny.net or here: http://www.wcny.org/education/regentsreview/
Or, after they air, you can find them in Safari

All programs are also available 24/7 at the Regents Review 2.0 website. The website also features additional teacher-recommended online study resources, as well as extra video clips to help prepare students for their big exams.

Regents Review 2.0 is a series of test-prep programs for high school students studying for the annual New York State Regents exams. WXXI-TV 21 Broadcast Schedule 2018 (Set Your DVRs!): A new program on the Transition Global History and Geography Regents Exam is now available. This Regents Review 2.0 program is being developed by WCNY and New York State Teachers in consultation with state organizations. It will examine content and demonstrate strategies to reinforce skills necessary in preparing students for this transition exam. Also, this year New York State has eliminated the words “Common Core” as part of the current NYS Regents Exams titles. Although some of the video episodes and clips contain the words “Common Core” the video material is aligned to the current NYS Regents Exams.

Airing on WXXI TV 21.1/Cable 11/1221:

5/24 at 2 a.m. #1 – ELA
5/25 at 2 a.m. #2 – Algebra 1
5/29 at 2 a.m. #3 – Algebra 2
5/30 at 2 a.m. #4 – Geometry
5/31 at 2 a.m. #5 – Earth Science
6/1 at 2 a.m. #6 – Living Environment
6/5 at 2 a.m. #7 – Chemistry
5/18 at 5 p.m. 6/6 at 2 a.m. #8 – Physics
5/21 at 5 p.m. 5/22 at 2 a.m. 6/7 at 2 a.m. #9 – U.S. History & Government
5/22 at 5 p.m. 5/23 at 2 a.m. 6/8 at 2 a.m. #10 – Transition Global History and Geography

The Three Apples Book Awards Have Been Announced!

The Youth Services Section of NYLA-SSL has announced the winners of the Three Apples Book Awards. The Three Apples Book Awards are the only book awards that are nominated and awarded solely by kids.

Young Readers Award: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Children’s Award: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

Teen Award: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

For more information about the Three Apples Book Awards, click here!

NovelNY

NovelNY is a statewide virtual library provided free to the public by the New York State Library. It is currently a project funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Serivces (IMLS).

Each school has a selection of databases available to their students through this service. In order to track your statistics, you’ll need to know the links through which your students will access these databases. To find them, go to the NovelNY Lookup ID page.

Once there, type your school name into the search box. Select your school from the list and it will deliver a page of links to you.

SAFARI Montage Upgraded to Version 7

Over April break, we updated to SAFARI Montage v7.1.27. You’ll notice that it has a new clean and streamlined design that can be immediately seen when logging into the dashboard. The Search interface is much cleaner with filtering options available at the top of the page.

The functionality is the same, except for some new additions. Download our documentation to learn about all of the new Safari enhancements.