Book Review | Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning by Nikki D. Robertson
Connected Librarians is a new ISTE publication by Nikki D Robertson. Robertson is a veteran educator, school librarian, and instructional technology facilitator. In her book, she explores how social media has become essential for outreach, advocacy, and a variety of other school needs. Additionally, Robertson discusses how the responsibility for modeling the proper use of social media to students typically falls to the library media specialist. Continue Reading.
Author: Bob Hand
While a student pulling out their mobile phone during class would have been cause for a warning or detention a decade ago, thousands of K-12 learners regularly use their mobile devices in the classroom today. Approaches in instruction need to keep pace with the rapidly evolving technological landscape. Nearly half of all school districts have adopted a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, but teachers across the nation are still getting their sea legs.
If you are in a school district that has recently adopted one, you have a good idea of how dramatically the practice shifts classroom structure. Continue reading on our editorial's page.
Sown to Grow is a new platform that is designed to help students set goals, track progress, and reflect on their learning. The platform also allows teachers to help guide learning, monitor growth, and provide feedback to their students. In short, Sown to Grow is meant to provide students with more ownership over the learning process, and help promote reflection over classroom assignments and activities. Continue reading on our Review's page.
Reading Horizons has spent the last 30 years working towards creating programs to support beginning and struggling readers at the K-12 level and beyond. They offer a wide range of solutions and products with this goal in mind, and you can also read our earlier reviews of Reading Horizons Discovery for K-3 students and of Reading Horizons Elevate for 4th grade to adult.
For anyone interested in learning more about the Reading Horizons method, this YouTube playlist is a great place to start.
The Reading Horizons team has always offered on-site professional development (PD) to support these resources, but the team has just released a collection of online training modules which are designed to provide additional training and support to teachers and schools who have signed up for Reading Horizons. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
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