NYPL Educators cards are here!

NYPL Educator Card

Last year’s cards are no more. This card is for keeps.
When can you use it? September – June
Where? online or at any NYPL, QPL, or BPL branch. Present it and your school ID/paycheck, and get a BPL or QPL card.
Why? No fines or overdues. Teacher sets of books. Books delivered to our school.

How do I reserve books? Quick FAQ here. Our school site is


Sources for the Progressive Era: Women’s suffrage and Labor reform

Great source for an overview of the Progressive Era
Digital History has a great overview of the Progressive Era. Click on images to find primary sources like this one.

The Library of Congress has an Industrial Revolution primary source set and a Women’s suffrage set. The History Place has a great collection of child labor photos. Here is a webquest on Child Labor in the Progressive Era. Here is a “Did you Know” list of facts about the women’s suffrage movement.

Each primary source and web site has a title. Use that to clearly cite your source!

Check the library web site’s web sites link to find more.


Digital Publishing, Notetaking, and Annotating on the iPad 2

I am going to give a short hands-on demo of ways to use the iPad to publish digitally, take notes, and annotate PDF graphic organizers tomorrow at the NYCDOE School Library Services Fall conference.

How to do it all in 50 minutes?

Demo marking up an IFC PDF in neu.annotate (5 min)
Demo giving feedback for student notes in Evernote (5 min)

Hands-on practice using Evernote – how to create and edit a note and invite people to share (15 min)

Demo Scribble Press for taking notes & publishing digitally & show flipsnack (5 min)

Hands-on practice using Scribble Press: each page a category/research question (15 min)

Questions & Applications on these and on iBooks Author (5 min)

So the goal is to have folks using the iPads for 30 minutes–more than half the time of the presentation!


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Teaching resources for children and teens on Hurricane Sandy and disaster recovery

Back to school after a long, media-saturated week. How do we help kids make meaning of   the suffering and the fear of what might be a trend of annual superstorms?

There is a lot to discuss and analyze. New York Times Learning Network put together some great teaching resources and ideas. I especially like the social media lessons that ask kids to separate real photos from fakes, and facts from rumors.

Colorado State University published an annotated resource list, “Children and Disasters,” which gives educators a comprehensive list of websites for kids and adults, research findings on the effect of disasters on children, and well as a book list.

Focusing on what was done right–volunteerism, helping neighbors, donating, and creating safety plans for future disasters–will help children build resilience. It is also a teaching moment for media literacy since now the news is partly generated by the public via Twitter and other social media tools.