Blocked Websites Part Two

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As I mentioned in a previous post, our district Internet filters seem tighter than ever this year, and the results are that a lot of sites with educational value are being blocked for teachers and students alike. 

I’ve been doing some research on the reasons for these tight site restrictions.  Let’s follow the trail and get the facts:

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Library Advocacy – Research Studies

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My principal asked me this week to supply her with current research demonstrating the positive impact that flexible library schedules can have on student performance.  Some of our parents and teachers are asking why we have adopted an open library policy this year, so we are putting some information together to show that this is a data-driven decision.  Here are the resources I’ve shared with her:

School Libraries Work! (2008)

Idaho School Library Impact Study (2009)

Study of Wisconsin School Library Media Programs (2006)

Delaware School Library Study (2006)

AASL Advocacy Brochures (for administrators, teachers, parents, and policymakers)

If you know of any other studies that make the case for flexible library schedules, please share them in the comments!

 

 

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Book People Unite!

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RIF (Reading is Fundamental) has a new campaign running to promote their efforts to get books into the hands of kids.  Since that’s exactly what we school librarians are doing, I wanted to share the video here.

 

When you Take the Pledge and “declare your belief in the transformative power of books, especially for young minds” you’ll have the option of passing the message on to friends and receiving a free download of the Book People Unite audio track.

 

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Trailee Award Fun!

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The Trailee Awards, sponsored by School Library Journal, were created in 2010 to highlight the role that book trailers play in promoting books and encouraging reading.  This year SLJ received over 75 submissions, and the judges have narrowed them down to 24 finalists.  There are categories for professionally created videos, as well as for student, adult, and librarian creations.

You can see the entire list of finalists at the SLJ website, and you can watch the book trailers at Vimeo.  Starting on October 12 you can begin voting for your favorites, and then wait for the winners to be announced in January at the ALA midwinter meeting in Dallas.

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Open Download Week at My School

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When our two school districts merged into one this year, our computers were all locked down by the Technology Department.  No control panel to manage your desktop settings, no installing your own printers or software, no downloads or updates from internet sites, etc. 

As of this week, many teachers were still without printers as our meager handful of techs struggled valiantly to get to each school and install the drivers, and many were still waiting for the installation of software (disks that accompany our textbooks, speech software, electronic microscope and document camera software, etc.).

This week the Tech Dept relented a bit and declared an Open Computer Week!  We’ve all been racing the clock grabbing programs like Google Earth and Photo Story 3, sending shortcuts to our desktop, and updating Adobe Reader and Flash.

Hooray for trusting teachers to manage their own computers!

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