Sharing Published Material With Students

CopyrightBy Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, eSchool News, January 11th —   Educators are often reluctant to share published works with students because they fear violation of the copyright laws. But according to the American Library Association (ALA), educators should not worry about using such material to boost student knowledge if it falls under the scope of fair use.

U.S. copyright law includes five exclusive rights: reproduction, distribution, derivative works, public performance, and public display. Creators of copyrighted works have a limited monopoly on those works, meaning they are the only ones able to profit from or sell their works, for a particular period of time under certain conditions. Currently, the “time limit” on copyright is defined as a lifetime plus 70 years.

The article goes on to explain about plagiarism, and defines the term “fair use.” Read the entire article by clicking here

Helping Today’s Wired Students Learn to Focus

tabletFrom Larry Rosen, eSchool News — While educators agree that digital technology can help students learn, there is an overwhelming feeling among many that today’s digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans and that today’s students are too “plugged in” and need more time away from their digital devices.

Mr. Rosen goes on to describe the various studies that have been conducted and offers suggestions on avoiding the hazards that digital technology can have on the quality of education today.

Read the entire article by clicking here

Video Lending Library Feature: The Wolf That Changed America

wolfIn the fall of 1893, an adventurous young man rode  from the comfort of New York to the wilds of New Mexico to kill a wolf. Not just any wolf, but the leader of a marauding pack of cattle killers. The young man finally met the renegade Lobo, and the wolf became a hero in his eyes. F. Murray Abraham narrates this video that dramatizes how the relationship between man and wolf led to the establishment of the National Park system and the Boy Scout movement in America. The title of this entertaining and informative DVD is The Wolf That Changed America (I.D. 2349). Borrow it for a month by clicking here.

Five Common Misconceptions About Today’s Students

hapy-teensBy Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, eSchool News, December 11, 2012 — It seems that every generation has a few gripes about the younger ones. But are there misconceptions specific to today’s students? We asked our readers what they thought were the “common misconceptions about today’s students.” Their responses fell into five broad categories, and are collated and expressed below, edited for brevity.

1 – Today’s students are all tech savvy – Just because they have technology doesn’t mean they know how to use it well.

2 – Students are disengaged. Sure, some don’t care. But that is apparently not the prevailing attitude.

3 – They’re not good communicators – Some write poorly and can’t express themselves, but that’s a challenge to the teacher.

4 – Students from poor families can’t succeed – There are certainly many examples that disprove that old idea.

5 – They’re never outdoors – If you think kids stay indoors all their free time, playing video games, think again.

Read the entire post by clicking here.

Temporary Change in Lending Library Borrowing Process

We are currently experiencing a problem receiving online lending library orders. Until the problem is resolved, you can continue searching our library data base and selecting titles to borrow, but please email librarian Bernie Michaels and give him the titles you wish to borrow. If you’re a new borrower, please include your school affiliation and address.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this problem might cause.

UPDATE: The Lending Library is now part of the WGBY Collection at Springfield Public Library.

eSchool News report: Local Schools to Experiment with Longer Days

time-150x150From staff and writer service reports, eSchool News, December 3, 2012 —  Five states announced last week that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee will take part in the initiative, which is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level.

The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools, with long-term hopes of expanding the program to include additional schools—especially those that serve low-income communities. Schools, working in concert with districts, parents, and teachers, will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year, or both.

Read the entire blog by clicking here.

We reported in a blog post from last week that many local schools are piloting extended day programs.  Do you teach at one of them?  Do you see it paying off?

Video Lending Library Feature: Can Science Stop Crime?

crimeA provocative title indeed! This DVD, by NOVA Science Now, comprises three segments. Criminal Minds: Born or Made? looks at how genes, brain structure and social and environmental issues influence our behavior. Death Detectives explores the investigation of dead bodies. Secrets of Lie Detection examines the biology of lying. There is also a profile of computer scientist Tadayoshi Kohno, who hacks into everyday machines in the effort to stay one step ahead of the criminals. Borrow Can Science Stop Crime? from the WGBY Collection at the Springfield Public Library.

Digital Media Changing School LIbraries

As schools across the nation move from printed textbooks to digital materials and digital learning environments, school libraries are adapting to keep pace—and new advancements are changing the very definition of school libraries and library media specialists.

Many of today’s students do not know what a card catalog is, and challenges lie not in locating information about various topics, but in narrowing it down and determining whether resources are trustworthy or not.

Read the entire story from eSchool News.

Video Lending Library Feature: Can I Eat That?

Here is a timely video for the holiday season. This video ventures into three areas to explore the scientific secrets behind our favorite foods. The topics include: Thanksgiving Cooking Chemistry – looks at the physics, chemistry and biology that go into making the perfect Thanksgiving dinner; Why Do We Cook? – Why are humans the only animals who cook?; What is Taste? – explores the secrets of flavor and taste. The video also includes a profile of Nathan Myhrvold, the former chief technology officer at Microsoft. Borrow this DVD from the WGBY Video Lending Library for a month by clicking here.

Teachers concerned about students’ online research skills

By eSchool News staff, eSchool News, November 5, 2012 — Teachers are concerned that students are a little too quick to turn to Google and other internet search engines for answers: That’s one finding of a Pew Research Center survey of more than 2,000 teachers nationwide queried about students’ digital research habits.

“Now, by default, they go online and they search,” said Lee Rainie, director of Pew’s Internet and American Life Project. “In some respects, that simplifies things.” On the other hand, Rainie said, it means that students are prioritizing that information in a way that might not give them access to all the high-quality and relevant stuff that would be useful.

Read the entire story by clicking here.