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School Library System, Model Schools & Arts in Education
Since this change over to Sora, and with the authentication of students through OverDrive, we have seen an amazing increase in usage. In December 2019 alone, there was a 114% increase in usage compared to last year. The numbers only look to increase as we continue to authenticate schools using Google, Microsoft, and Clever. We look forward ton continuing to support students' love of reading in this way. Please contact Kerrie Burch for more information.
Movie Licensing (SWANK)
**Please note that even with Movie Licensing, it is never okay to show Netflix or other streaming movie services in school as it violates the end user agreement for the account holder.
NBC Learn Trial
The SLS Professional Learning Catalog is the home for all professional learning opportunities for school librarians for the 19-20 school year.
Model Schools News
Questar III Model Schools is looking to revive the Model Schools Liaison meetings in order to:
- Determine the district needs with regard to instructional technology
- Discuss the latest instructional technology trends
- Determine how to integrate technology into classrooms effectively
- Discuss updates to state standards and policies
This group is for Instructional Technology teachers, Tech Directors, Ed Tech Coaches, and any others who are involved with instructional technology decision making in your district. The group will have a focus on instructional technology so may not be the best group for IT Directors. We don’t want to turn anyone away, we just want to be clear about the focus of this group and not waste anyone’s time if it isn’t the right fit for them.
Our first meeting will be held Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 8:30 - 11:30 in the Questar III Conference Center, Room 2. If you or someone you know would like to attend this meeting, please sign up using My Learning Plan. The link to register is: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=15197&I=3367101.
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- Google Apps for Education
- Chrome Extensions
- Microsoft Forms
The Arts and Enrichment catalog provides excellent programming ideas for your school. There is something for every subject area and every grade level.
We use an electronic system for arts in education and exploratory enrichment program approvals. You may have seen emails coming in that ask you to approve programs. Please approve or deny programs as soon as possible so artists can be paid on time.
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Odyssey of the Mind Tournament
Saturday, March 21st, 7:30am
24 Sunset Boulevard
Judges and Volunteers Needed
Judges (must be at least 18):
Judges must be able to attend the training on January 25, 2019 from 9-1 (new judges) or 10:30-1 (returning judges) at Capital Region BOCES. Click HERE to sign up as a judge for the tournament on March 21st (snow date March 22nd).
Click HERE to sign up to volunteer at the tournament on March 21st (snow date March 22nd). Please specify your availability so we can accommodate your schedule as much as possible.