ITLS Newsletter May 1


DL/TL Showcase

The DL/TL showcase will be in the learning services newsletter this week: we went through and edited the showcase for consistent font, format and added standards that were missing. We renamed it “Digital Literacy in Adams 12 : This presentation includes examples of how Teacher Librarians and Digital Literacy Teachers are collaborating with classroom teachers to provide digital literacy instruction, often fully integrating information literacy, technology literacy and digital citizenship into standards-based instruction.”. The Learning Services newsletter goes to all principals and learning services administration.

May 14th Meeting Info

May meeting will include optional afternoon again: please see the “Important Survey” below for details.

Important Survey: Please take a minute to complete this survey for the May meeting, INCLUDES Common Sense Media voting.

Makerspace session for May pm session:

Calling all makerspace peeps we would like you to share what’s happening in your makerspace no matter what stage you are in. Bring toys to share. This will be one of the afternoon options sessions. Contact caroline and let her know if you are bringing something to share!

Hangout Chat Update

You may have noticed that chat in Hangouts has been disabled. This is due to to the fact that Google has changed the ability to disable chat history in Hangouts. There are now legal ramifications to having chat history on as Google saves all chat history and it can be used in legal situations. So unfortunately until Google changes the way setting can be configured we will be unable to use chat in Hangouts.

Digital Literacy Matrix

We have updated k-5 pages on the digital literacy matrix to reflect the common core standard alignment. We will review it in the May meeting. The link remains the same

Discovery Education Training/Conference:

Discovery Ed is providing a free Professional Development Event on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in the Denver Area. The goal of this event is to provide area districts the opportunity to learn how to maximize your current Discovery Education Streaming service through a conference style event in which participants will choose from multiple session topics. Please register via the link below today as seating is limited to a first come, first served basis.

Special Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lodge McCammon.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Audience: Curriculum, Instruct. Technology, Supervisors of Content Areas, Librarians, Teachers.

Location: Castle View High School, 5254 North Meadows Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80109

Cost: FREE & Breakfast & Lunch will be provided

Click Here To Register:

Sample Sessions Include:

50 Ways to Integrate Discovery Education Streaming

Did you know that Discovery Education Streaming has images, speeches, and sound effects? From English to STEM, you will walk away from this session with hundreds of new integration strategies for utilizing your current Discovery Education Streaming license!

Discovery Education Board Builder

Board Builder from Discovery Education empowers students to curate, create, and synthesize content to express their personal curiosity, solve problems and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge like never before. In this session, explore Board Builder and how the newly enhanced My DE for Students makes it easier than ever for students to explore content, complete assignments, and connect with the world.

Student Access & Content Creation

Put the power of learning at student’s fingertips with Discovery Education Student Center. With unique logins, students can browse grade-specific content, access personalized assignments, curate, create, and synthesize content to express their personal curiosity, solve problems, and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge.


Destiny Tip of the Week

The difference between Fixed Dates and Ceiling Dates

Fixed Date

You can create due dates that have a specific date (fixed date) that vary by circulation type and patron type. You can set this up by patron type and/or circulation type. You set this up in Back Office/Library Policies/ Patron Type tabs and Circulation type tabs.

For example, you have a piece of equipment that can be checked out to teachers for the year. The circulation type for this piece of equipment is AV-EQUIP. In Back Office/Library Policies/ Patron Type tab, you set the loan period for the circulation type of AV-EQUIP for the faculty patron type to “Fixed”. Then you set the due date in the “Fixed date field” for the faculty patron type, for example “May 15th”. Whenever AV-EQUIP items are checked out to faculty, they will have a due date of May 15th.

Ceiling Date

A ceiling date is the date you want all the items to be due back to the library. Ceiling dates will override Fixed Dates and other due dates. You set up ceiling dates for each patron type (Back Office/Library Policies/ Patron Type tab).

For example, at the end of the school year you want all of the books checked out by students back no later than May 15th, so the ceiling date for the Student patron type needs to be May 15th. This will override calculated due dates and even a fixed due date if the ceiling date is earlier. Continuing with our example, if an item is checked out and its due date is May 14th, it will stay the 14th. If its due date is May 16th, it will be May 15th. Please note, that if you check out an item after the ceiling date has passed, checkouts will revert to the normal loan period. Also, ceiling dates need to be changed every year.