The Georgia Department of Education is partnering with Communities in Schools of Georgia, the Yaarab Shriners of North Georgia, and Atlanta City Councilmember Mary Norwood to launch the Red Fez Reading Club, which will encourage the development of students’ early reading skills.
With the Georgia General Assembly in session, you will see news stories about bills going through the Georgia House of Representatives or the Georgia State Senate. You may not be old enough to remember Schoolhouse Rock, but f you’ve ever wondered about the process of how a bill becomes a law in Georgia, here are few resources for you.
- The New Georgia Encyclopedia’s Legislative Process Overview
- Georgia General Assembly’s outline on tracking a bill through the General Assembly
- Georgia Public Broadcasting video on the legislative process
- Georgia Public Broadcasting blog on Five Ways to Introduce Students to the Georgia Legislature (old post but still relevant)
Let’s face it. Fake media is a hot topic in, ahem, the media. But it is also a hot topic in education. In November 2016, the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) published Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning, a study that revealed concerning results. Because students increasingly turn to online news to meet their research needs, it is more important than ever for educators to help them separate truth from fiction. In this session, USA Today Reporter Greg Toppo will join Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, to discuss shifting trends in the news business and what teachers can do to help their learners sift through the information pool to find trustworthy journalism. This webinar will benefit librarians.
Putnam County Middle School has transformed its Media Center into a new Learning Commons. Students now have a flexible, student-centered learning environment that encourages critical thinking, collaboration and creativity within the Learning Commons space. From the interactive wall where students can locate information with the touch of a finger to the Makerspace and Multimedia room that encourages critical thinking and creativity, the Learning Commons at PCMS offers multiple opportunities to enhance 21st century skills. These skills are crucial in building a college and career ready community. Putnam County Middle School invites you to attend an Open House on February 14 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. and learn about their journey from traditional library to a 21st century learning environment!
GALILEO, Georgia’s Virtual Library, is seeking a talented and creative librarian to be our Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Coordinator. The person hired for this position will have a remarkable opportunity to work with vendors large and small, manage and curate licensed content, and serve the GALILEO community through outreach and training. GALILEO is staffed by a committed group of library professionals, who manage content, licensing, marketing, assessment, technology, development, support, and training for our users.
In the annual user survey, a media specialist asked why sharing the password over the phone is prohibited by the GALILEO access policy. The steering committee reviewed the policy and recommended it be changed to add the phone as an approved way to share the password. Check out the GALILEO newsletter to find out the 2017 password change dates, learn about the GALILEO browser toolbar and setting up journal alerts, and much more.
Scholastic has extended free access to BookFlix for every child in Georgia through Tuesday, Feb. 28. This digital literacy resource pairs animated storybooks with related nonﬁction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop essential real-world knowledge.