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"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


Image Sources for Student Work? Try These.

Image libraries for teachers and students

Beth Martin, Library Media Coordinator at  DC Everest Middle School IMC has put together a list of sites students can access for school project images.

DK Clip Art:
Explore thousands of images from leading illustrated publisher Dorling Kindersley. Perfect for illustrating homework, school projects and generally being creative, you can browse the clip art by A-Z or by school subjects.  DK holds the copyright but allows users to download, copy and display the Images for your own personal, home and school use.

Thanks to the generosity of contributors, this site provides thousands of free pictures, which you can use and remix, even in commercial applications.  Attribution is not required.

Free Digital is one of the best places on the web to download free photos for use in corporate and personal projects. The images can be used by web designers, graphic designers and editors to illustrate and brighten up websites and printed media such as newspapers and magazines.  Please see the terms of use for more information on acceptable use of these images.
Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students.  The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Wikimedia Commons:
Unlike traditional media repositories, Wikimedia Commons is free. Everyone is allowed to copy, use and modify any files here freely as long as the source and the authors are credited according to the author’s requirements.  


TRAILS: Assessment of Internet Searching Skills

Assessment of Internet Searching Skills
(Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills)
Developed by Kent State University Libraries

Wiki for TRAILS
TRAILS presentations, lessons and links to resources that support information literacy instruction.

"TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. There is no charge for using TRAILS." (Although an email address is needed to create an individual account.)

Some ideas for how to use this resource:
  • One-on-One: Work with a student or a small group of students to go through TRAILS questions with an instructor. This would allow for individualized instruction and opportunity for discussion.
  • Game Show: Create a fun learning opportunity with the instructor or one student serving as a “master of ceremonies” with students in the class answering TRAILS questions. Instructor could project the assessment on a large screen with a computer and projector.
  • Info Literacy Curriculum Mapping: Following a TRAILS assessment, use results to map information literacy needs and opportunities across curricular areas. Meet with faculty in those identified areas to create an instructional strategy.
Listen to an archived webinar that explains how to use this resource:

Digital Literacy Tour - clips and lesson plans

Three workshops to teach online safety: the Digital Literacy Tour

"Google, along with an online safety organization iKeepSafe, has developed a curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible online citizen.

The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. On the site you'll find a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation."

17.4.11 - Edmodo Webinar

Edmodo: Microblogging in the Classroom
with Jeff O'Hara

"Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other members of the community in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing, and sometimes even video. If you miss a show, you will find links to the recorded session under the Archive tab. Follow-up links and learning suggestions are also provided under the Resources tab for each show."


Interactive food chains - Flash

An interactive Flash food chain

Build your own food web