The Weekly Update

from SD State Library School Library Services

September 15, 2021

The School Library Scoop with Scottie

I invite you to watch Episode 1 of the School Library Scoop with Scottie!

This will be a new platform for short tutorials on school library services, technology tips and trends, and so much more. If you have suggestions or requests for future topics, please email me at

*A quick note: In the video, I show you how to access the book award page via the banner at the top of the page. Since then, the banner has changed! You'll access the award page by clicking on Services >> For Public Libraries >> Children and Youth Service.

School Library Scoop Ep1

Webinar Alert! EBSCO LearningExpress Library

September 21, 2021 3:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

In this 20-minute session you will learn about LearningExpress Library, a resource available to all South Dakota libraries.

LearningExpress Library offers a variety of practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks to help learners of all ages with academic skills, high stakes exams like high school equivalency and career certification exams, and more. You will learn how you and your students can access the resource, how to create a personal user account, and what kind of content is available in the various learning centers.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The session will be recorded and shared to this listserv once available.

More Upcoming Learning Opportunities

NEW SD School Library Facebook Group!

The SD State Library's Collect + Connect Facebook Group is for SD School Librarians! Join to share your ideas and photos, ask your questions, reach out for advice, and discuss all of the awesomeness that happens in your library!

Promethean Board Resources!


"Previously, I worked in North Dakota as a district librarian for five elementary schools. I taught 3rd-5th grade library skills using Smart boards at some locations and Promethean boards at other locations. Note that some templates do not transfer! Don’t learn that the hard way like I did! I found both boards very useful for Censorship Jeopardy, End of the Year Trivia Review, Comment Sandwich interactive lessons about blogging, and videos highlighting the ND Children’s Book Award!"

Laura's Suggested Jeopardy Links:

Laura is a great resource on this topic!

You can contact her at or 605-773-5066.


Promethean Planet

Teachers Pay Teachers

7 Interactive Websites for Promethean Boards

Promethean’s Resource Library

Promethean Resources

Smart Boards vs. Promethean Boards


From Kandi Miller at Tri-Valley Elementary Library

"Some quick bullet points:

  • Any app can be downloaded ….some teachers use the timer and spin the wheel to pick a student of the day…
  • I personally use the website with touch screen function all the time. My board is already connected to the wifi. There is a shelver game on a website that works great with touch screen.
  • Also play youtube videos from science video linking to storytime to actual storytime videos to book commercials to encourage checkout.
  • I also have my ladybug projector connected to it to display my storytime book for all the kids to see the pictures better."

From Stacy Campbell at Corral Drive Elementary in Rapid City

"The ActivInspire software that comes with the board is amazing! There is so much you can do with it. Creating flipcharts for your lessons, etc."

From Gay Mraz at Dupree School Library

"Lots of free flipcharts ready to use or you can edit them to fit your needs! "

From Leslee Reiland at Horizon Elementary School in Harrisburg

"I also use my Promethean Board as a display when reading books to the students. This was best when we were not supposed to be close because of covid. I use my iPad as a document camera to show the book pages. I have a stand that holds the iPad over the book .I don't have any complaints about not being able to see the pictures. The picture quality is much better than a document camera. Our IT department takes care of the board."

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1 Fun Technology Tool

How to make your Bitmoji talk (like mine in the School Library Scoop)!
How To Create A TALKING BITMOJI | Tutorial

2 Mindful Minutes

Need to settle down the students in your library classes? Try one or both of these mindfulness strategies!
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3 Great Ideas

These smart and simple ideas are from your colleagues around the state!

..from SDSL School Library Services

The Weekly Update is a correspondence from the South Dakota State Library focusing on current topics in school libraries, best practices, resources, professional development, and more.