Library Update

January 2016 * Teacher version

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Both schools have received new book orders, come and check them out!

Or, if you want to see what we have, sign into your ***Destiny account, do a search, set up a resource list for yourself or for students. The library website features many of the new books in the spotlight, and also a short slideshow of ALA Youth Media Award winning books. (***if you don't know your password, ask Rhonda, Carlene or me)

Over then next month or two you might receive emails asking if you want some of the items we are weeding from the collection or clearing from the rooms to make better use of space.

The photos show SMHS's new character ed decor that was added last weekend, we love it and hope you do, too! Thanks to Mr. Termaat for spearheading this project. ;-)

This month's update includes:

  • Books becoming movies in 2016
  • Recommended tools
  • Best websites of 2015
  • many PD opps - near, far, and remotely

Books that will be Movies in 2016!

Tools and Website Reviews

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Fluency Tutor for Google Offers Even More FREE Features to Support Literacy!

The folks over at Texthelp have created some amazing accessibility tools to support all students, including digital tools to support literacy, struggling readers and ELL. Oh, and since Texthelp is a Google for Education partner, their tools work seamlessly with your Google login, and integrate with Google Drive and Google Classroom. Fluency Tutor is a “freemium” app, but the great news is that they have added even more features to the FREE version.

BEST Learning Websites of 2015


Make feedback count, save time assessing digital work on Google Drive
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Graphite's review

Project Ed

Aspiring filmmakers converge to create video content for the classroom
Visit Website

Graphite's review

Conferences and PPL

Recharge Ed - January 16th

Personalized Learning Unconference is set to happen on January 16th 8-3 at Kettle Moraine Middle School in Dousman, WI.

Register Here:

RechargeEd is an unconference event. It uses a format modeled after Edcamp that allows for the participants to be the leaders of their own learning...

PD in PJs - from Tammy Lind

Typically, the events will take place on the THIRD Thursday and THIRD Sunday of every month at 8:00PM. You are able to participate on any internet capable device and in order to accommodate busy schedules the topic is the same for both evenings.

We will hold our first PD in PJs Thursday January 21st and Sunday January 24th at 8:00.

Our topic for the month is GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

Classroom is the resource to use with all things Google to organize, share and archive student work. It also has a quick question feature built in to use as a way to begin online discussions with kids. As we move further into the 1:1 device program, Classroom becomes an invaluable way for you to keep track of student work, grades, discussions and more. It is crazy easy to use too! Classroom can be used starting in 1st grade and all the way through high school.

SDSM Unconference - from TILT - Choose Your Own Adventure

During the inservice afternoon on February 22nd, we will hold a "Choose Your Own Adventure" Unconference for anyone that may be available and interested.

If you recall, last year on March 18th we held a district-wide unconference that was very well received. We would like to give everyone the opportunity to have that positive experience again this year. At our unconference last year we had 39 unique sessions pitched! We are hoping to continue that momentum.

For anyone that has not experienced an unconference, please talk with your colleagues, see the website, or check in with a Technology Integration Leadership Team (TILT) member. The website has last year's schedule board as well as information about unconferences (aka "EdCamps").

At this time, all we need to know is how many people we might expect to attend our unconference on February 22nd so that we can prepare enough space and breakout areas. If you haven't already, here's another opportunity to fill out the 1 question survey (really!) to let us know if you will attend. Please click this link for the survey:

Discovery Education Academies - March 1-4 - FREE!

Discovery Education Leadership, Literacy, Math and STEM Academies are being cohosted with Cedarburg School District and Mequon-Thiensville School District.


Range Line School

11040 N. Range Line Rd.

Mequon, WI 53092

Each Academy includes:

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Certificate of attendance (6 hours of professional development)
  • 60-day free trial to Discovery Education Science, Math, Social Studies Techbook or Streaming Plus

Choose from four Academies offering a unique combination that brings together best practices in digital integration with proven, research-based instructional practices.


March 1

Literacy and Common Core Instruction in a Digital World

• Literacy instruction and assessment strategies to support the development of digitally literate students in preparation for college and career expectations.

• Instructional strategies aligned to the expectations of college and career readiness, including critical reading, teaching academic vocabulary with complex texts, and using digital media and digital tools.

• Strategies to leverage digital resources in support of balanced literacy and content area


March 2

Teaching and Assessing Common Core Math Academy in a Digital World

Focuses on instructional practices and assessment strategies to support the development of mathematically proficient students in preparation for college and career expectations.

• Includes the integration and effective use of digital tools and resources into math instruction and assessments to build students mathematical literacy skills.

March 3

Strategies to Support Digital Literacy and the Common Core

Practical leadership strategies to support teachers in their implementation of digital literacy instruction and assessment as to prepare all students for college and career


• District and school-wide capacity building to implement digital literacy throughout all disciplines in all classrooms.

March 4

STEM Academy

• An intense focus on instructional practices to successfully apply a STEM philosophy in their classroom, school, or district.

• A dive into what these practices look like and how to build them into the curriculum

to maximize student engagement and achievement.

• STEM instructional strategies connected to the demands of the standards and NGSS.

• Action steps for immediate application of their learning.

Diana Knight

Library Media Specialist/Ed Tech

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