Friday, May 12, 2017

Encyclopedia Britannica is coming to New York - it's online and it's free!

Beginning July 1, 2017, the New York State Library is adding Encyclopedia Britannica to the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) offerings. The Encyclopedia Britannica e-resources that will be freely available to all New Yorkers include:
  • Britannica School: the go-to site for learning more about any subject for all grades Pre-K-12 and all reading abilities. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica School. 
  • Britannica Academic: delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information, combining Encyclopedia Britannica with the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica Academic.  
  • Britannica Escolar: the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica Escolar.
For more information please contact your school librarian or the NOVELNY Help Desk at Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information.  NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Creative Educator Website

Started in 2007, Creative Educator focuses on effective ideas and strategies to foster creativity and engage students in the curriculum. Articles are designed to provide you with an informed and diverse view of today’s educational technology field, including fresh ideas about project-based learning, classroom management, and creativity. The classroom stories illustrate how educators are already utilizing creativity tools in their classrooms and the lesson plans provide specific ideas, resources, and directions that make implementing creative work with technology even easier. Check out the Topics and Lessons links at the top of the page!

Check it out by clicking this link!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free Technology Webinars!

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

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 Spring of 2017 to showcase exemplary technological resources available, and the best practices for using these resources to increase student achievement

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. 


Contact Carol Weintraub, Director, InterCounty Teacher Center 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Connecting music to reading, math, and science!

At this site, Phil shares a large number of free music activities and arts integration lessons that connect music to reading, math, and science.  In addition, he posts information on his latest music education products.  There are many links to all of his free arts integration resources, multimedia activities, and homemade instrument projects.  
It's not just for music teachers so check it out!

Click here to check out this cool site!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tech Tip - Spring Cleaning

Though Mother Nature may not realize it, Spring is officially here. Along with warmer, sunnier days (eventually) is the Spring Cleaning Feeling. A sudden urge to throw open the windows and scrub parts of your house that haven't seen daylight in months!

Don't forget it is a great time to spring clean your technology, too. Popsugar has put together 31 terrific tips for tech cleaning. One for every day of the month. Click here to check out tips from cleaning the outside of your phone, to organizing photos on your laptop, to deleting unused apps.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Epic! - Books for Kids

Epic! for Educators is available for FREE to all US and Canada-based elementary school teachers and librarians. It provides unlimited access to thousands of high-quality titles. It is available on the iPad, iPhone, and in any web browser. ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Battle of the Classrooms:  Microsoft, Google, Apple, Vie for K-12 Market

Check out this great comparison of three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies — MicrosoftGoogle, Apple and how they each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students.