A Short Update

News for BPS School Libraries

A Fond Farewell

It is with mixed emotions that I get ready to say goodbye to BPS and the BPS Library Team. While I am excited for my new position, I will truly miss working with all of you. As I said in my email, I have been honored to get to know all of you on a professional and personal basis. You are an incredibly dedicated and inspiring group of educators and I admire the work you do each day. Thank you for making my past 4 1/2 years at BPS such a rewarding experience.

I wish you all the best. Please contact me if I can answer any questions or provide additional information. I can be reached after December 12 at amy.short@hotmail.com.

January Library Team Meeting

The next Library/Tech Team meeting will take place on Thursday, January 8, from 3-5pm at the Burke High School Library. CIO Mark Racine will be in attendance to meet with the Library Team.

BiblioBoard Library Content Now Available Statewide

From the Massachusetts Library Association:

MLS is delighted to announce that BiblioBoard Library content is now available statewide via geolocation. BiblioBoard Library is one component of the Commonwealth eBook Collections (beta), the next chapter in our efforts to strengthen statewide access to eBooks. Simply point your browser to library.biblioboard.com to access all the content from BiblioBoard Library.

For more information about the Commonwealth eBook Collections program including an overview presentation, an FAQ and title lists for the included products, visit guides.masslibsystem.org/ebooks

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BPS teachers and students are encouraged to join the worldwide movement called Hour of Code 2014 that will take place the week of December 8-14, 2014. This international campaign, designed to promote computer science education, is easier than you may think! BPS teachers are already signing up at http://hourofcode.com/us to commit to teaching 1 hour (or more) of programming with students during that week. Activities can be done with or without technology and can be as complex as programming in Java, or as simple as teaching kindergarten students pre-programming skills using Bee-Bots. Many resources, including ready-to-use lessons, are provided on the Hour of Code website http://hourofcode.com/us If you need help, please reach out to Haruna Hosokawa from OIIT for assistance.

If you are planning to participate in this year's Hour of Code, please let OIIT know by filling out the following Google Form. Thank you!

Contact: Haruna Hosokawa, hhosokawa@bostonpublicschools.org, 617-908-6045

BPS Hour of Code Survey

In preparation for the Hour of Code Week, please complete the following survey:


Museum of Science STEAM Institute

The Museum of Science, Boston is currently accepting applications for What Do You Mean by STEAM? a free institute for K-12 educators exploring the rich overlap between science, technology, engineering, math and fine arts. This three day institute will take place at the museumTuesday February 17- Thursday February 19, 2015 from 8:30am-3:30pm

Using the Museum's resources, we will highlight methods for fostering student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking through this cross-disciplinary approach to learning. We'll engage in activities incorporating a range of media, including, but not limited to, performance, visual arts, writing, movement, and music to engage with STEM curriculum in relevant and authentic ways. Collegial discussions will help participants reflect on these experiences and begin to imagine connections to their own curriculum and teaching practice.

Participants will be selected by a competitive application process. Applications will be accepted through January 12, 2015. Participants will receive 18 Massachusetts PDPs upon successful completion of this professional development program. Free parking will also be provided to all participants.

More information about the workshop, including registration information, can be found on our website at http://www.mos.org/professional-development/what-do-you-mean-by-steam You can find information about all of our upcoming professional development opportunities athttp://www.mos.org/professional-development

Reminder: Letters About Literature

All students in Grades 4 through 12 are invited to participate in the Letters About Literature program, sponsored by the Library of Congress and its affiliated state centers. This year's guidelines may be found at the MCB website. Deadlines are December 15, 2014 for Grades 9 to 12 and January 15, 2015 for Grades 4 to 8.

#MSLA Twitter Chat

This month's #MSLA Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 8-9pm. Our discussion topic will be about reading promotion ideas for K-12 and Read Across America Day. Join us!

AASL Blog All About Collaboration

The AASL blog - Let's Get Together Thursday - is all about library collaboration. The blog is written by Jennifer LaBoon, a librarian from Texas. Her articles offer an insightful and informative approach to initiating and building collaborative relationships with teachers as well as the greater school community. I have posted a series of articles below, but also visit the blog's homepage to read other posts.
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