Monday, February 6, 2017

Fake News! Resources for News Literacy

"The flood of fake news, propaganda, rumors, and advertising that often masquerade as news has made it harder than ever to separate fact from fiction.

News Literacy can help students of all ages recognize the differences between fact and rumor, news and advertising, news and opinion, and bias and fairness."

Stony Brook University

With the recent onslaught of fake news stories flooding our media stream, information literacy skills have moved to the forefront of our teaching objectives.

Resources for teaching news literacy include:

Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy's Course Building Guide and 2017 Course Pack

Newseum ED's free learning tools

Newsela's The Phenomenon of Fake News text set

PBS NewsHour's Media Literacy Lesson Plans

The Three Village School District's team of Information Specialists are also moving to tackle fake news, warehousing resources and developing lessons.  Please stop by your building's Information Center for support.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Shorten A Web Address With Google URL Shortener

You can shorten URLs to make them easier to share using the GooglURL shortener.
You can see how many people have clicked on your URL by visiting

Visit the "How-To" link below for directions on how to use this great tool!  Remember to sign into your Google account for complete access!  

How to use The Google URL Shortener

Friday, December 2, 2016

Newsela combines real-time assessments with differentiated content from premier daily news sources like the Associated Press, Washington Post, and Scientific American and eminent nonfiction publishers like Smithsonian, The King Center, and Newsela makes reading to learn relevant, interesting, and effective regardless of interest or ability. All articles are published at five reading levels.  This is a great reading tool for your classroom and it's free!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OverDrive: eBooks, Audiobooks, and Videos from your Local Library

OverDrive is an app that allows you to borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from your library on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone, Windows 8 & 10, and Kindle Fire HD. More than 30,000 libraries worldwide offer titles from OverDrive, so download the app and find your next book today!

• Available 24/7, now the library comes to you.
• No more late fees. Titles are automatically returned.
• Place holds, create wish lists, and return titles easily.
• Sync libraries, bookmarks, and recent positions across mobile devices.


ClaroSpeak: Free Word Prediction for G-Suite (formerly GAFE)

ClaroSpeak is a reading and writing Google Chrome app with high-quality text-to-speech, formatting controls, a wide range of fonts and styles, and cloud storage integration. ClaroSpeak offers the option of visual highlighting in-sync with the spoken words, a great range of color and font settings to allow for optimum reading and word prediction to help with writing.

This tool can be found in the Google App Chooser (colorful waffle in the upper left corner). Check it out!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Free Professional Development Webinars

The NYS Teacher Centers Technology Committee 
is pleased to present the
Smart Schools Bond Act Support Series

In 2014, New York State enacted the Smart Schools Bond Act, which allocated funds for New York schools to purchase technology and strengthen infrastructure. This Act gave NYS educators access to new technology with no guidance on how to implement it effectively into instruction. NYS Teacher Centers are offering over fifty professional development webinars in the fall of 2016 to showcase exemplary technological resources available, and the best practices for using these resources to increase student achievement.

Dates:               September 27- November 22, 2016
Times:              Varied, see schedule
Cost:                 Free
Registration:    Online, see the link below for more information

All webinars are open to administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals in New York State.  Participants may take as few or as many webinars as they wish.

CTLE professional development certificates are available with subsequent work and small registration fee. (See page 16 for details.)

* Link to catalog with more information:

 Questions? Contact Carol Weintraub, Director, InterCounty Teacher Center

Monday, August 29, 2016

YouTube Educational Shortcuts

Powerful educational videos are available in abundance on YouTubebut it can be a daunting task to search through them to find the best clips for your needs. The link below will bring you to a database of YouTube channels organized by subject area.  
(Note: Subjects are organized by tabs along the bottom of the Google Sheets document.)

Click this link to get there: Database of YouTube Channels

Friday, May 13, 2016

With Zaption - Turn online videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students and deepen understanding. 

  • DISCOVER - Find high quality videos on any topic.  Browse the gallery for great ready-to-use lessons.  
  • CUSTOMIZE - Add images, text, and questions to any online video, creating interactive lessons that meet your learners needs.  
  • SHARE - Share video lessons with a simple link, or embed directly into your Google Classroom, Blog, or website.  
  • TRACK Get actionable data on personal responses from learners with award-winning analytics.  Instantly measure understanding and differentiate instruction.

Use the following link to see what Zaption has to offer and sign up for a free account:

* Use this link to view a short introductory video on what Zaption has to offer:

*Use this link for more detailed video on how to use Zaption: