GIVE THE GIFT OF A BOOK
December is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only do students and staff members ask for reading recommendations for the upcoming holiday break, they request help to find the perfect book for a child, friend or family member. With the thousands of books published each year, selecting the right book for someone could seem like a daunting task. However, it is easier than you may think.
There are plenty of book lists available to narrow down your choices. As there are a variety of readers and/or age groups, I chose four book lists to share. These lists offer different ways to organize book recommendations and should meet the needs of everyone.
As teachers continue to use digital sources for their curriculum, Hannah and I want to remind you to keep databases in mind. We think there is no better way to look for articles than to use the state database trial that’s going on now.
open educational resources
One of the constants in a teacher’s life is creating lessons and updating curriculum. As we continue this important work, you may be interested to learn about Open Educational Resources (OER).
"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." (Hewlett Foundation)
types of sources
Often when students are doing research projects we require different types of sources. Students can struggle with knowing how to differentiate these types of sources, or struggle when to use one type of source over another. That’s where Barb and I come to help!
Imagine this teaching scenario… A student is creating a presentation about his grandparents’ home country. He wants to insert music and video clips in the presentation. The teacher tells him it’s okay as long as he cites his source. Was the teacher right?
“How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about its origins? What can constructing meaning from an image teach you?” – The New York Times
research the d117 way
In District 117, our students are fortunate to have access to Chromebooks, which are used to access databases and internet sources. We want students to know about these resources and we want to instruct them on how to use them to solve information problems. As you plan your research projects, Hannah and I wanted to remind you of two resources that are available to you and your students.
Join us for the 3rd annual Battle of the Books! We will be competing in a virtual trivia competition against other schools in our conference this February! You can find more about the competition and books here.
Helping your Students Evaluate Sources
Have you tasked your students with finding reliable sources for a research project? In response, you may have students ask what is a reliable source or cite a questionable source in their research. Your students need guidance on what reliable internet sources are and how they can evaluate sources when you find them. Click “read more” to find out how the ILC can help you guide your students to reliable sources and teach them how to evaluate the sources they do find.
All of us continue to look for ways to increase reading and writing in our classrooms — specifically, the use of non-fiction, informational texts. To that end, we thought you’d be interested to know that free digital access to The New York Times is now available to high school students and teachers through September 1, 2021.
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