A little help from our academic friends: Five fine portals for instructional fodder (NeverEnding Search)

NeverEnding Search: A little help from our academic friends: Five fine portals for instructional fodder. “Need a little inspiration for the coming school year? How about a few fresh strategies for energizing your information literacy instruction and preparing your secondary learners for their academic experience? A number of portals offer training and instruction for our students as well as a little retooling for us as professionals, all aligned with the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which, of course, resonate with our own AASL National School Library Standards.”

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Educational Apps for Kids on Every School Subject

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Educational Apps for Kids on Every School Subject. “Most parents know that kids shouldn’t spend too much time in front of a smartphone or tablet. Indeed, several studies have linked excessive screen time with expressive speech problems. That’s why you need to limit your child’s screen time, and when they do have screen time, make sure they spend it in the best possible way. So rather than playing purely entertaining games for hours on end, why not help your kid’s development by engaging them with some of these educational apps for kids instead?”

EurekAlert: NSF funds Natural History Museum of Utah, College of Ed to develop online curriculum

EurekAlert: NSF funds Natural History Museum of Utah, College of Ed to develop online curriculum . “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant with total funding expected to reach $1.3 million this month to the Natural History Museum of Utah and the College of Education at the University of Utah to develop and evaluate an on-line learning environment to support student learning in the biosciences.”

Forbes: U.S. Public Schools Have Lost Nearly 20% Of Their Librarians Since 2000

Forbes: U.S. Public Schools Have Lost Nearly 20% Of Their Librarians Since 2000. “The shortage in public school librarian employment — which saw the most dramatic drop following the Great Recession of 2008 and hasn’t recovered since — has hit districts serving minorities the hardest. Among all the districts that have retained all their librarians since 2005, 75% are white, Education Week reports. On the other end of the scale, student populations in the 20 districts that lost the most librarians in the same time comprised 78% students of color.”

The K-12 Computer Science Access Report: charting a path to our vision (Code .org)

Code .org: The K-12 Computer Science Access Report: charting a path to our vision. “Today, we’re excited to announce a joint initiative between the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and Code.org to create a nationwide database of schools showing which teach computer science. Called the K-12 Computer Science Access Report, the database will be a resource that everyone in the CS community can use.”

Georgia State University: Georgia Association of Educators records open; periodicals online

Georgia State University: Georgia Association of Educators records open; periodicals online. “The records document the merger of the Georgia Education Association and the Georgia Teachers and Education Association, which represented white and black teachers, respectively, and integration of K-12 schools around the state circa 1970. Periodicals from the collection (1930-2017) have been digitized and are available online as part of GSU Library’s Digital Collections. Scholars, students, and the general public are invited to visit Special Collections and Archives to use the collection.”