Thursday, April 14, 2016

Region 10 Library Cooperative Training Opportunities - Summer 2016

The summer schedule from the Region 10 Library Co-op has been posted and registration is now open. Please click the link below to review the offerings, then sign up and take advantage of what is available to you for FREE as part of our membership in the Library Cooperative.








Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Additional Learning Opportunities from Region 10

Greetings,  Just wanted you all to be aware of these relevant learning opportunities.  Open to all educators including librarians!

1.  Techs4Tex Summit featuring Google for Education      
TXGOO16    
May 14th at Rick Reedy High School, Frisco, TX  
Shannon Miller is keynote!   http://www.txgoo.org/
Registration:   http://www.txgoo.org/registration   
Click here for a 20% off discount code - expires April 16 (you may have to login to your MISD Google Apps account)


2.  Hour of Code   May 26  FREE EVENT!!!      
Register now to claim your spot: http://goo.gl/8F0SNI
Session description: Are you and your students ready for the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104. Join Region 10 and our Code.orgAmbassador, Kimberly Lane, to explore coding and computer sciences in K-12 and learn how you can participate in this year's Hour of Code.

3.  R10 Literacy Guest  Speakers   Click link for list of guest speakers and dates. https://www.smore.com/vj9t2   

4.  Free YA audiobooks are back for summer!  
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens (and grownups) J Starting May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com
The 2016 season is May 5th - August 17th 2016.




 For more info, contact Terry Roper |Library Consultant |Region10 |972.348.1414

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens (and grownups too!)

The SYNC program returns this year on May 5, 2016

This program provides audiobooks to participants FREE OF CHARGE. Each week there are two audiobooks to choose from. Click the link below to check it out. The site also contains a toolkit of promotional materials you can use to advertise the program with your students and teachers.

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hour of Code workshop

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

The Hour of Code program hopes to change that by showing people that anyone can learn coding. Many librarians are offering coding activities as part of their makerspace.

Even President Obama has encouraged young people to make video games and apps, rather than just playing them.




If you are interested in doing something like this, don't forget to register for this FREE EVENT!!!

If you missed our workshop in December with Code.org Ambassador, Kim Lane, you missed out! The workshop sold out so quickly, we scheduled another date in the spring: May 27.

Register now to claim your spot: http://goo.gl/8F0SNI

Session descriptionAre you and your students ready for the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104. Join Region 10 and our Code.orgAmbassador, Kimberly Lane, to explore coding and computer sciences in K-12 and learn how you can participate in this year's Hour of Code.


Monday, April 4, 2016

HIstory & Notes in the Digital Library

Students can now access their reading history, notes and highlights at the new History and notes page.

·        The History & notes page contains a history of all titles borrowed since January 1, 2016. This page allows students to quickly see which titles they've borrowed, access the details page to borrow the title again, and access the new Notes & highlights pages.
The History & notes page displays the following for each title, when applicable:
o   Links for the title's details page and author(s)
o   Reading level information
o   The user's star rating for the title (or the ability to rate it, if they haven't yet)
o   The month and year of the most recent checkout
o   How many times the user borrowed the title
o   A Notes & highlights link (only for OverDrive Read eBooks)
The History & notes page is accessed from the user's Account.
·        Notes & highlights pages are also now available for titles borrowed in OverDrive Read. If the user opens an eBook in OverDrive Read and makes notes and/or highlights in that eBook, those notes and highlights will display on the Notes & highlights page, even if the user doesn't have the title checked out anymore. This allows students to refer to their notes for homework, book reports, etc., after the lending period ends.
Notes & highlights pages show highlighted passages, the colors of the highlights, and any notes made in the eBook. The pages also show reading information such as how many pages were read, how long the book was open, and more.

Keep in mind: Depending on the length of the highlighted passage, the Notes & highlights page may only display a portion of the passage.