Tuesday, July 17, 2018

End of a blog...

Hi everyone,   With my retirement just 45 days from today (7.17.18), we are closing this blog to future posts and it will disappear once my Google Account is removed from esc7.net.  Please be sure to subscribe to our email list for librarians so that you don't miss any exciting news from Region 7.  To subscribe, visit https://misweb.esc7.net/lists/technology.html.  Enter your name and email address and check the box for Librarians then click submit.

It has been a pleasure to serve the Region 7 schools these past five years and I wish you all the best.

Donna Stanley
Coordinator, Digital Learning
Region 7 ESC

Thursday, June 21, 2018

VBTSC 1 ends 6.22.18

This is just a reminder that all courses that are part of VBTSC 1 will end automatically at NOON on June 22, 2018.  When they end, they will disappear from your Dashboard in Canvas and you will no longer have access to the course materials. Please note:  Courses close (end) automatically, and course facilitators do NOT have the ability to open them back up once they close.  

If you have not had a chance to take any courses you have registered for in VBTSC 1, you still have another chance!  The second session of VBTSC will run from 7/19/2018 through 8/3/2018 and all of the same courses will be available during that time.  However, if you started a course during VBTSC 1 and did not finish, you will lose any progress in the course if you choose to take it again (you will be starting the course over in a new session).  Registration for the second session will remain open until noon on 8/1/2018.  

To view the list of available sessions for VBTSC 2 and for registration/enrollment instructions, please visit https://sites.google.com/esc7.net/r7vbtsc2018/home 

Summer Library Conference update


You don't want to miss out!
Join us on July 11 at Region 7 in Kilgore.  Learn more & register by visiting our site at:  https://sites.google.com/esc7.net/library2018/home

Then return on July 12 for Accommodate Special Populations with Digital Resources

Kelli Johns from Britannica Digital Learning and Tammi VanBuren from Gale |Cengage Learning will be teaching the TexQuest resources that provide access to authoritative online content including articles, videos, images, and full-text nonfiction e-books, in English and Spanish.  Join us for an informative and interactive session covering how these digital resources can be used to accommodate all students, including: Supplemental material, correlated to the TEKS, to support curriculum and differentiation Text to Speech features. Translations for multiple languages and much more!  

Register for Session #072385 by June 28.  There is no fee for anyone as these are TexQuest resources to discover! TexQuest provides all kinds of digital resources and databases for just 29 cents per child for the 2018/19 school year.  A temporary login for the day will be given to you if you are not yet a subscriber.  Learn more at http://texquest.net/welcome/program.  

Direct your questions to Donna Stanley, Digital Learning Coordinator, dstanley@esc7.net or the TexQuest Support center on their site.  

Monday, April 30, 2018

The schedule is here! The schedule is here!

Fans of Steve Martin's The Jerk movie will 'get' the reference in the post title today.  If you're not a fan, let me say I'm not recommending the movie (as this is not a movie review site).  I'm just saying I remember when he got so excited about the the phone book being published and delivered.  And now, I get so disappointed when I see that chunk of wasted paper laying in my driveway or shoved in my mailbox.   

But I digress...


The schedule for the 2018 Summer Library Conference is posted on the conference website.  

Please visit the site, check out the schedule & the sponsors and don't forget to register!  


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

National Library Week - Tuesday

National Library Week  

Learn about each day's celebration at the American Library Association Website at http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek.

​Today we honor the Library Workers in the USA.  ​​ It is a 
day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Follow the hashtag on Twitter #nlwd18  and or visit http://ala-apa.org/nlwd/ for more information!  

Even our Mutts Friends are celebrating today.  View today's comic strip at www.mutts.com

DID YOU KNOW that the Texas State Library Standards changed and were adopted last month?   If you attend our Summer Library Conference on July 11 you will learn about the changes ​​​from Liz Philippi, the School Program Coordinator for Texas State Library & Archives.  Here are THREE links you'll want to visit:

Conference Site:  https://sites.google.com/esc7.net/library2018/home
Call for Presenters: ​ Click here!
Registration Link:​​​  https://misweb.esc7.net/mis/myregion7.asp?sessNum=069133 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Library Conference

We need presenters and attendees for our Summer Library Conference.  

Our keynote speaker will be Liz Philippi, School Program Coordinator for Texas State Library & Archives.  The topic will be "The new 2018 Texas State Library Standards".  Confirmed featured speakers are Tammy VanBuren, Training Consultant K-12 Specialist for Gale, Cengage Learning, Kelli Johns, Professional Development Specialist for Britannica Digital Learning and Karen Beard, Outreach Coordinator for Accessible Books for Texas (Bookshare).

We have several great sessions submitted by potential presenters - please considering presenting a session to your peers.  Sign up at http://bit.do/r7libcall

Visit the conference site at https://sites.google.com/esc7.net/library2018/home - schedule will be posted once we have our presenters lined up.

Door prizes!

 State Standard Publishing Company is donating a library bound set of books for 4th/7th grade TEKS, “Texas, My State” Native Peoples.  
This includes these seven titles listed in the TEKS:The Alabama-Coushatta
The Caddo
The Jumano
The Karankawa
The Kickapoo
The Lipan Apache
The Tigua 

Scholastic Giveaway

Information was recently shared regarding the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway.  

Visit http://www.scholastic.com/PattersonPartnership/  to submit your entry. Good luck!