Library Links

"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


World Bank Demographic data site

Data for 200 Countries and Economies

"Social, economic, financial, and development data for more than 200 countries and economies.
Browse, map, graph, or download data by country, indicator, or topic."


new Google-alternative safe search engine

Kidtopia - a Google Custom search engine

"Like, created by Dr Michael Bell, Kidtopia is a Google Custom search engine of SELECTED sites.  Like Infotopia, Kidtopia includes only sites previously recommended by librarians and teachers.  Like Infotopia, Kidtopia is also free.

Kidtopia, however, is aimed at providing information for lower and middle elementary students, while Infotopia serves upper elementary, middle, and some high school."


Video Post: Dr. Joyce Valenza – “See Sally Research”

"The great research shift."

Listen to Dr Joyce Valenza talk about how student research has changed from the 1980s to today. "A must watch by anyone interested in student research, libraries or project-based learning." An important (and humorous) look at the evolution of student work.


Social Responsibility Books and Lessons- ACT team

Here is the link for the Richmond Area Counselor Team's website.  (thanks Sue)
Under supplemental resources, they recommend books with downloadable lesson plans taht support a variety of SR outcomes.

Link to Mini-conference webpage and extras

Hello all

here's the link to the main RTLA2011 content page:

And here's the specific link to the apps I presented:



Remembering 9/11 - National Geographic

Video Interviews on the topic of 9/11
(refelctions by survivors, reporters and law-enforcement)
(This site also has a number of tributes, photo galleries and essays on this topic.)

Tips and Tricks for Office 2010

Learn Office 2010
Some useful video and text help for mastering Office 2010


Middle/High School Learning Guides on Shmoop

Literature, Poetry, Music and Bestsellers for Middle School
Here is a handy guide for younger readers (and their teachers and parents). Scroll down the page to see an extensive list of novels and poetry for the Middle School age group. Each novel mentioned covers: Intro, Summary, Themes, Quotes, Characters, Analysis, Questions, Quizzes and  Best of the Web. (There is quite a range of titles listed, some do seem quite advanced for this age group, but the summaries etc are very useful for the teacher. Each introduction has a "Why Should I Care" section that keys in on the reason for studying the novel.) Some parts of the site require an account.


"Free Technology for Teachers" blog

Free Resources and Lesson Plans for Teaching with Technology

Links to Free Downloads, Google Tutorials, Favorite Resources, Video Creation Resources, and Books & Things.

In 2010 Free Technology for Teachers was awarded the Edublogs Awards for "Best Resource Sharing Blog," "Best Ed Tech Support," and "Best Individual Blog." FTfT is read by an audience of more than 36,000 daily subscribers ( as of July 1, 2010).

A Book and a Hug - Lists for Middle Readers

Finding the right book for the age 6-9  "good reader"

If you are looking for books for the six to nine year-old reader who is reading above grade level, sometimes it's hard to find text that is challenging enough without also exposing the kids to issues that are above their maturity level. The site has now added a "Middle Reader/Careful Content" keyword item that fits the bill.

Click on the "Find a Book" icon (soon to be Search) and you'll see a drop down box of keywords.

Take a look.


Interactive Whiteboard Activities from Scholastic

Perfect activities to use with any Interactive Whiteboard
Ideas to use with a variety of platforms including SMARTBoard.


Basic Search Education Lesson Plans from Google

Lesson Plans (from Google) for teaching Basic Search Skills

"These Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers and the Search Education team to help you do just that. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions. They are all under Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike, so feel free to adapt them and use them as you see fit! Just please link back to this page."  

TeacherCast - teachers helping teachers

Screencasts, podcasts and more.
"At TeacherCast, you will find Screencasts demonstrating software, websites, and little tricks that will become essential for you in your classroom.  We record Audio Podcasts featuring interviews with great professional educators. Finally, we will also maintain a great collection of links to some great apps, websites, and journals where we will feature the latest gadget reviews and how they can be best used in the classroom."


Daily 5 for School Libraries

Want to incorporate "Daily 5" in your library?
Melissa Techman ( is putting together a school library Daily 5 wiki for sharing ideas and resources. (If you email her, she will add you as an editing member, so you can contribute.)

The wiki is:

Other resources include:

K-5 Literacy Connections

"The CAFE book" (available via DRC)
Preview online.

"The daily 5: fostering literacy independence in the elementary grade"
Preview via GoogleBooks

What can we do about Boys and Reading?

Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope?
Published: August 19, 2011
Thought-provoking article on the "state of boys' reading" from the New York Times.  "...Whereas boys used to lag behind girls in reading in the early grades, statistics show, they soon caught up. Not anymore..."