Friday, September 28, 2012

Stylus for iPad

Are you looking for a stylus to use with your iPad?  These tools are great to use with many apps allowing  handwriting on the screen.  If you are wanting to purchase one of these, this would be a great use of your "technology fund" money that is campus based.  Check with your secretary.  They are available at Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and Office Depot , all  approved district vendors.

Click below to read stylus reviews.

The best stylus for iPad: we review the hits and misses

Thursday, September 27, 2012

October 2012 Calendar

Here is a list of special days for the month of October that you might want to highlight or develop a program for in your library:

National Bullying Prevention Month

Computer Learning Month

Fire Prevention Month

October 1 - Fair Day

October 2 - Custodian Appreciation Day

October 3 - Banned Websites Awareness Day

October 31 - Mock Election

October 1-6 Banned Books Week

October 7-13 Fire Prevention Week

October 8-12 College Week

October 15-19 Teen Read Week

October 15-19 National School Lunch Week

October 15-10 National School Bus Safety Week

October 22-26 Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Content Labels

Overdrive has added content restriction labels to all of our ebooks and audiobooks in the Digital Library.
Users will now be able to see the labels before adding to cart and checking out.  To see the labels, just click the title of a book and it will be under Language.

Please let me know if you feel a title is in the wrong category.  I will submit titles for change to Overdrive every week.  Click here to submit the title

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Do you know a great educator who deserves to be recognized?

TLA has joined with other educational associations in support of a statewide initiative to recognize 100,000 educators by the end of the school year. This effort is led by Texas PTA and offers a website where students, parents, and anyone can nominate a teacher, librarian, principal, or superintendent who is making a difference in the lives of students.

We encourage you all to spread the word about his campaign so that the good work of Texas educators can be recognized and appreciated. To recognize someone, just go to the campaign website

Let’s help ensure that the exceptional work of Texas school librarians and teachers gets noticed!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Library Scope and Sequence for K-6

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The Library Scope and Sequence documents for K-6 have been updated to reflect the work that elementary librarians did on August 21, 2012.

The scope and sequence is divided into three strands and lists skills that should be learned or reinforced in the library each six weeks. The strands are:

  • Research: Using Information to Build Understanding
  • Reading: Pursuing Intellectual, Personal and Aesthetic Growth
  • Responsibility: Demonstrating Good Citizenship

There are 3-8 objectives per grade level for each six weeks. The objectives in BOLD are the minimum that should be taught at each grade level. Campuses with a smaller enrollment will be able to accomplish more of the objectives.

The scope and sequence will be given to principals on September 11.

K-6 Library Scope and Sequence (PDF) 

The links below will take you to the final version of the Google document for each grade level.


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

6th grade

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Student Reading Charts

Charts to help students keep track of the Bluebonnet or Lone Star titles they have read have been posted on DocuShare. Hit the link below to take a look.

Student Reading Charts

Apps for the iPad

With so many apps for the ipad it's really hard to decide which ones are the best for the classroom.  TCEA is doing the work for you! They regularly test and list those apps that meet their standards for the classroom. They are sorted by subject and list an appropriate grade level.

Looking for free books for students in K-12 to read on the iPad?  TCEA also has a recommended list of iBooks as well.  Find both in the links below:

Recommended iPad resources

Recommended free iBooks