SLS Weekly Update

February 26, 2021

Upcoming PD

Updates to Sora

Please take a look at this video that our training team put together.

Updates include:

1. Simplified reader navigation- easily access reading settings, highlights, bookmarks, keyword search, progress bar

2. Annotation features (ebook and audiobooks)- bookmarks, notes and highlights

3. Chapter updates (ebook and audio)- quickly access chapters and book descriptions within title

4. Enhanced audiobook controls- view progress, change speed, sleep timer, view bookmarks and highlights

EdCamp Cardigan

This is virtual free event this Saturday. You can register here.

Librarians can create connections that they never would have before to enhance learning and understanding. Oftentimes conferences are planned so far in advance that participants miss the opportunity to discuss the most timely issues affecting our profession. This conference structure is a unique fit in a world where most necessary trends can change on a dime. We need to be on the forefront of those trends, and to create collaborative conversations among ALL librarians!

Visit our website at for updates and to facilitate a session. Please use the #cardigancamp2021 in your social media posts.

Interested in facilitating a session? Let's make this a full day global event! Contact us to volunteer:

*Note: Only registered participants will receive the sessions links

Anne will be facilitating Favorite Conferences and Global Education.

PebbleGo, Pebble Go Next, and ebook Library Trial

Make sure to view the library under the Capstone tab.

Username: linkplanet

Password: lovetoread

Scholastic Trials- until April 11
Username: bookflix67
Password: pink

Username: groliergo68

Password: blue

Username: flixsci68

Password: blue

Username: trueflix68

Password: blue

Username: freedomflix68

Password: blue

Literacy Pro (K-8) ebook access
Access code: XJ8ZK5C

W.O.R.D (K-5) Vocabulary/Word Study

Access code: XG24T2L

F.I.R.S.T. (PreK - 2) Foundations Skills
Access code: X8K3WH7

Core Clicks (K-5) Close reading with Science and Social Studies Texts
Access code: XLXMDZV

Storia (K-6 or 6-8) ebook access to 2400 trade books 24/7
Access code K-6: XKYCVUQ
Access code 6-8: XJ34UZT



Proponents of large-scale learning have boldly promised that technology can disrupt traditional approaches to schooling, radically accelerating learning and democratizing education. Much-publicized experiments, often underwritten by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, have been launched at elite universities and in elementary schools in the poorest neighborhoods. Such was the excitement that, in 2012, the New York Times declared the “year of the MOOC.” Less than a decade later, that pronouncement seems premature.

In Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education, Justin Reich delivers a sobering report card on the latest supposedly transformative educational technologies. Reich takes readers on a tour of MOOCs, autograders, computerized “intelligent tutors,” and other educational technologies whose problems and paradoxes have bedeviled educators. Learning technologies—even those that are free to access—often provide the greatest benefit to affluent students and do little to combat growing inequality in education. And institutions and investors often favor programs that scale up quickly, but at the expense of true innovation. It turns out that technology cannot by itself disrupt education or provide shortcuts past the hard road of institutional change.

Technology does have a crucial role to play in the future of education, Reich concludes. We still need new teaching tools, and classroom experimentation should be encouraged. But successful reform efforts will focus on incremental improvements, not the next killer app.


Week 1- ONLINE Session 4/14 4:30-5:30

Week 2- April 19 (Google Classroom Assignment)

Week 3- ONLINE Session 4/28 4:30-5:30

Week 4- May 3 (Google Classroom Assignment)

Week 5- ONLINE Session 5/12 4:30-5:30

BOCES will cover the cost. Please let me know if you are interested.

Gale Webinars

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 2:00 PM, 15 mins.

15 Minutes to Mastery: Surface Statistics Within Gale In Context

Statistics are often a key portion of research projects in both the secondary and undergraduate levels. Gale In Context resources contain a wealth of graphs and charts to support students at all levels. In this 15-minute session, we will review how to best surface and share these statistics.

Register here:

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 2:00PM, 30 mins.

Curate Content Sets for Research Projects with Gale Resources

Learn how to curate digital content from your Gale resources to create text sets and support research projects. Utilizing a variety of workflow tools, in this session, we’ll explore best practices to share ready-to-go content with students and teachers.

Register here:

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 15 mins.

15 Minutes to Mastery: Create News Alerts in Gale OneFile Periodical Resources

Get the latest news and articles from your favorite publications sent directly to your email or RSS feed. In this 15-minute session, we’ll demonstrate how to setup news alerts with Gale OneFile periodical resources to support your ongoing professional development and personal interests.

Register here:

Ask the Lawyer

The Ask The Lawyer service has been busy answering the questions we've been receiving related to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the questions that come up while we navigate the new normal. Please check in on this resource regularly. As questions come in from all over the state, we also expect to also post updates on copyright, emergency closure and response, open meetings law, and many more legal issues impacting libraries at this unprecedented time.

View all COVID-19 related questions in the ATL database.

Media literacy challenge with current events

The below pictures came to my through my inbox and I wanted to share. I thought they might be a great bell ringer activity or even a full lesson on media literacy. If you would like more information, they came from The News Literacy Project.

The link to the full newsletter is here.

And NewsLit Checkology site is here.

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SLSA Recruitement

See below flyer.

Zoom info

Meeting ID: 945 1395 8062

Passcode: Q3SLS

MLP link

Share as you see appropriate.