"Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds, according to new research from the University of Sussex research. And it works better and faster than other methods to calm frazzled nerves such as listening to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea, research found. [...] Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles."
Read this forward looking article from "School Administrator" magazine about the success of teacher-librarianship involvement in Vancouver Washington school district's strategic technology plan.
"[...]Teacher-librarians bring to their roles a unique 21st-century skill set that includes overseeing digital content, educational technology, collaborative instruction, digital citizenship and materials management.[...]"
Complete May 2015 issue of School Administrator here.
Check out how RPL is rebranding and repositioning itself.
"The Launchpad is a library space where our community can come together and learn through collaborative and creative experimentation. We are proud to offer an innovative workspace where 3D printing, digital publishing tools and a range of digital services tutorials will be available."
Looking to put some student videos together, I tried a number of free video joining apps - Splice was the perfect solution. The app lets you add clips from your camera roll, set transitions, add frames, add images, create a title, and even edit clip lengths. Easy to use, powerful and fast.
Here's a sample I made using a couple of random clips I took, with some audio uploaded for fun.
"Life on Earth is an iBooks Textbook consisting of 41 chapters in 7 separate units and can be downloaded for free from the iBooks Store. The text provides a complete, original, standards-based, media-rich curriculum to give high school students a deep understanding of all of the central topics of introductory biology."
"Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom."