“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
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.
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.
As we continue to work in a hybrid teaching model, teachers are turning to digital sources for their curriculum. Hannah and I want to remind you to keep databases in mind. What better way to look for articles than to use the state database trial that’s going on now?
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.
Tired of reading the same book over and over again? Don't worry, we got you covered! During remote learning, you can still check out books from the ILC. All you have to do is request the book you'd like to read, and we will bring it to the front office for you to pick up.
Looking for a way to keep reading over the summer? We curated a list of some of our favorite e-book and audiobook platforms on our Online Teaching and Learning LibGuide. All services are free to use at this time. Some may require you to download an app or create an account. Need a suggestion of what to read next? Check out the Abe 2021 book list or the the Illinois State Library's Read for a Lifetime book list.
What will you do this summer? Although most of us will want to read, travel, visit family and friends, many of us will eventually work on curriculum. As you work, have you ever wondered when, or if, you would be moving from a traditional textbook to a digital textbook?
How cool would it be to design a textbook that is more than just a print resource, but an interactive one as well? A textbook that can be updated when the content changes.
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