Friday, April 13, 2007

National Library Week April 15- April is School Media Library Month

April is School Media Library Month
Research shows that the highest achieving students attend schools with well-stocked and staffed school library media centers.

April 15-21 is National Library Week

April 15th
"Step Up to the Plate @ your library"
Kids and young adults between the ages 9 to 18 years of age are invited to go to their library from April 15 to September 1, 2007, pick out a baseball book and submit an essay on how their favorite character inspired them. One grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in October 2007. More information on "Step Up to the Plate @ your library," at

April 19
Teen Literature Day,
Libraries all across the country will host programs and celebrations to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens. Programs will showcase award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians' expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials.

Monday, April 09, 2007

You've Heard of YouTube now there is TeacherTube!

YouTube has entranced us and sometimes provided anything but educational moments, but now there is TeacherTube

Check out its videos on Literature Circles, Math Activities and using technology in schools!

Here is a description from the site:

After beta testing for almost two months, TeacherTube officially launched on March 6, 2007. Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

TeacherTube was the idea of Jason Smith, a 14-year veteran educator. Jason has been a teacher, coach, campus administrator and district administrator in public schools. He asked the question, "Why can't teachers, students, and schools utilize the power of the read/write web for learning?" To overcome barriers, he decided to just create a site and get started trying to help. He turned to his brother, Adam, who is a younger, digital native, with technical skills. Adam used his skills to develop the site and found a web host. Soon, Jason's wife, Jodie, joined the team to start populating the site with videos and help improve the communication. She too has 14 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, campus technology integrator, and district curriculum coordinator.

Looking for Good Educational Videos, DVD's Audio ?

This website contains reviews of media on educational topics

You can search by subject, recommendation, and type of media.