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SLS Update 12/16/2016

1.     Makerspace Status

We are thrilled to let everyone know that as of next week almost all Makerspace kits will be out and in use in our school libraries!  The only items that are currently available are some of the littleBit Kits.  To view more information about the various kits, to view a schedule of what is available or to learn more about the kits please visit:

·         3D Printers: 5 printers in school libraries.  Next available printer is in February

·         littleBits: most are out in school libraries, but we do have several kits available

·         Makey Makey: all kits booked through the end of June

·         Lego StoryStarter: 4 kits in school libraries.  Next available kit is in February

·         Green Screen: 2 kits in school libraries.  Next available kit is in April

·         Learning Alive: 3 kits in school libraries.  Next available kit is in March

·         Squishy Circuits: 2 kits in school libraries.  Next available kit is in June

·         Ozobots: 3 kits in school libraries.  Next available kit is in May

·         Dash & Dot: 2 kits in school libraries.  Next available kit is in May

2.     Library Resources Chart

Linda Paul (librarian) and Amy Crumb (teacher) from Spencerport Terry Taylor school created a great chart explain what their various eResources are and in what format they are available for a PD they recently presented.  Attached is the chart.  If you think something like this would be helpful for you please let us know!


3.     InterLibrary Loan

This is a gentle reminder- please be sure to check your 5 Systems InterLibrary Loan account EACH DAY.  There are some schools who have not checked in a while…or have not accepted/declined requests that are a few months old.  We have heard reports that not everyone is receiving emails like they are supposed to.  If you are not able to lend an item please remember to mark it as declined in the system.


4.     Video on Libraries and Coding

ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy just released a new video in collaboration with and funded by Roger Rosen. The video is part of the Libraries: Ready to Code project with which I am involved as the OITP Fellow for Youth and Technology. It highlights all of the work that school and public libraries have been doing around computer science and makerspaces and positions is for future success for policy makers.   To view the video please visit:


5.     PBS Digital Innovator Grant

Apply today for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator Program! Applications are accepted now through February 12, 2017.

·         Who are PBS Digital Innovators? They are a community of PreK-12 educators, who set the bar for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. They are not defined by the gadgets they use, but by the unique way they approach education. Their bold and enthusiastic perspective sets them apart as changemakers, and unlocks new worlds for their students.

·         The PBS Digital Innovator program brings together these thought-leaders and classroom changemakers for ongoing professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers, and inspire students.

·         This year, all selected applicants will travel to San Antonio, TX from June 24-26 for a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to the PBS Digital Innovators Summit and the ISTE 2017 Conference and Expo

·         For more information and to apply please visit: PBS Digital Innovators

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