‘Tis the Season for Summer Readin’


Summer is one of Kellie and my favorite times of the year. Students and staff members ask us for reading recommendations for the upcoming break. Whether you’re looking for a reading contest or some recommended summer reads, we have ideas that can be used for a variety of readers and/or age groups.  Continue reading


NoodleTools works with Google to offer single sign-on

If you and your students are NoodleTools users, this post applies to you. Over the summer, we will transition to NoodleTools’s new single sign-on (SSO) authentication, meaning you and your students will be able to use your Google username and password to access the program. Currently, users have to register a unique username and password in order to use NoodleTools — information that students (and maybe even you) inevitably forget. So, this will be better.  Continue reading

Britannica School is more than an online encyclopedia. See for yourself during our free trial.

Barb and I have been in the market for a new encyclopedia database since, oh, last year. We like to make sure we’re getting you the best stuff. Keith West suggested Britannica School—a product of Encyclopedia Britannica—after he learned from a colleague in his grad school class that it offered diverse content at varied reading levels appropriate for his special education students. It offers that and much more.  Continue reading


Try the Swivl or a GoPro to capture your lessons

The Technology Department recently purchased some equipment that’s available for teacher check-out through the Information and Learning Centers: a Swivl Robot and GoPro Heros. Teachers and staff who are required to video record themselves teaching as part of the National Board Certification process or for graduate school might especially be interested in these devices—as might anyone with a particularly adventurous or inventive spirit. Continue reading


Only you can prevent plagiarism

We often warn our students about the ramifications of plagiarizing: a zero in the gradebook, expulsion from college, or legal action. By the time students get to high school, we assume they have received instruction about how to avoid plagiarism. However, in the face of such severe consequences, we cannot afford to assume.  Continue reading


A new collaboration tool for you

PadletI happened upon a neat tech tool at a recent librarian conference—one I think you’ll really like. It’s called Padlet.com, and the company’s tagline couldn’t be more accurate: “possibly the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.”  Continue reading


5 steps for deciding if a website is the right one for your students’ research

Truth: You love Google. Your students love Google. It’s often our first stop in the research process, and there’s nothing wrong with that—as long as you’re choosing the right Websites as sources.

Not all Websites are current, accurate, and relevant, and not all of the best content conveniently floats to the top of your search (read this article about Google’s algorithms, for example). Finding the right Websites to cite in research is a process in and of itself. That’s why Barb and I put together this five-step infographic to help your students navigate through the good and the bad on the Web. Consider making it a poster for your classroom! Continue reading