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Library management and school libraries

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Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians.” According to Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania and author of School Library Journal’s “Never Ending Search” blog, this is the golden age of librarianship. Valenza outlined five areas in which K-12 schools should turn to their librarians to empower learners with valuable 21st-century college and career readiness skills…

School librarians targeted in budget crunch.” How will students learn key information literacy skills, and how will teachers get help with integrating digital resources into their instruction, without a full-time media specialist in their school? That’s the question a national school library group has asked the nation’s second largest school system as it prepares to cut dozens of school librarians in a high-profile example of a trend that is occurring nationwide…

Special Education, Assistive Technology, and UDL

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Six great special education resources for parents and teachers.” According to some education stakeholders, it’s not always easy finding information on special education, especially when it comes to technology tools. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of six special-education resources that provide vetted tools and technology that can help in many aspects of a child’s learning…

Groups launch joint accessibility campaign.” Thousands of Americans who have combined hearing and vision loss may soon connect with family, friends, and community through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. Mandated by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established the new program to provide support for the local distribution of a wide array of accessible communications technology…

Video games help teach students with autism.” Can off-the-shelf video games spark a breakthrough in treating students with autism? That’s the question researchers are asking as educators quietly discover the therapeutic uses of motion-controlled sensors…

Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform?” As educators brace for new reforms, what will these changes look like? How will assessments and curriculum differ from previous versions? How can all students get the best education possible? The answer, some experts believe, lies partially in Universal Design for Learning (UDL)—a framework that’s quickly gaining momentum across the U.S. A new report indicates that many states and school districts have implemented UDL with support from Race to the Top monies or federal stimulus funds as they move forward with their education reform efforts…

iPad and iPod apps open a world for special-needs students.” Special-ed teachers say the iPod and the iPad tablet are becoming important tools in teaching and communicating with their students…

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