School libraries are the gateway to a plethora of skills and resources--here are a few digital tools to add to the catalog

5 digital tools for school libraries


School libraries are the gateway to a plethora of skills and resources--here are a few digital tools to add to the catalog

School libraries have evolved from strict, quiet, hush-hush rooms to more interactive spaces with flexible seating, readily-available edtech tools, and educators on hand to help with research, critical resource evaluation, makerspaces.

It’s in school libraries where students often discover and hone their love of coding and programming, create amazing projects via makerspaces, and where they develop important 21st-century skills.

As schools plan to return to full in-person learning in the fall, students will no doubt be eager to return to their school libraries and pick up where they left off.

These five resources may help start a new school year on a fun and productive note:

1. Weava, a Chrome extension, simplifies research and lets users highlight websites and PDFs with multiple colors, make annotations, and revisit them with a single click; organize highlights into folders and sub-folders; create citations automatically for highlights; and access highlights anywhere. Highlights and notes are saved in the cloud.

Laura Ascione
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