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Jana Jordan's Selection Toolkit

Here is a comprehensive list of resources that School Librarians/Media Specialists will find very helpful.

The Daring Librarian

"Gwyneth A. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, is a blogger, a Tweeter, an international Ed Tech speaker, trope and meme archivist, creator of content, a citizen of advocacy, and a resident of social media. Gwyneth is a Google Certified Teacher, and the author of the award winning Daring Librarian blog."

Continuously Learning in the Library

"One of the goals for the library this year is to have maker clubs with specific projects. Last year, our only maker club was a digital maker club. This club met throughout the year and used digital tools to promote reading."

The Library Voice

"I have never seen any online database bring this much excitement, learning, and fun along with it! All of our youngest learners from Pre-K through 3rd grade loved everything about PebbleGo and we found them using it on the laptops and iPads all of the time at school and home."

Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids

"The Epic! library contains everything from picture books to chapter books, early readers, audiobooks, “read to me” audio books, comic books, graphic novels, non-fiction titles, educational books, and junior novels. Audiobooks and “read-to-me” books with over 15,000 great titles (& more added weekly), individual customized child profiles at no additional cost; personalized book recommendations for each child; online and offline reading (take Epic! in the car, on a plane, or camping); detailed reading log to track reading progress available in the app."


The Activated Classroom Teaching (ACT) Approach

The Activated Classroom Teaching (ACT) Approach

"The ACT approach is an easy-to-apply, effective set of digital-age pedagogies. Each pedagogy (teaching approach) can be used with a wide range of free online tools for amazing, effective blended and online learning. See more at"

"Edmodo is an easy way to get your students connected so they can safely collaborate, get and stay organized, and access assignments, grades, and school messages. Edmodo has a great Facebook feel but with the safety of being able to control the space."

PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations

"PowToon is an online business presentation software tool that allows you to create free, cool, and awesome animated video explainers as an alternative to using powerpoint. Powtoon is a great tool that enables teachers to make use of the #creating pedagogy with their class. However this is only the can then embed your students' powtoon animations in a social network like Edmodo or Twitter and use #conversation as a learning approach. Endless opportunities and a great tool. Be sure to check out our training videos on this at"


"I have used Scoop.It, Pinterest amongst other tools for curation and have returned to Flipboard. It really has to do with personal tastes and preferences. I enjoy it as I can curate from a computer, iPad and cellphone and e njoy the magazine format.
Flipboard is your personal magazine, the single place for all your interests, used by millions of people everyday. Reading, collecting and sharing stories."

Khan Academy

"With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, Khan academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. Its use of Game Mechanics to drive a 'self learning' behaviour in the classroom is one of the best uses of gamification i have seen."

Book Creator for iPad

"The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.
Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBooks Store.
Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.

  • The no. 1 Book app for the iPad in over 60 countries
  • "Book Creator makes e-book publishing easy” -
  • Over 5 million books already made with Book Creator
  • One of the Top 50 Apps for the iPad - The Guardian
  • Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award

Perfect for the home
Use Book Creator to create a personalised story for your child, or arrange family pictures and art into a beautiful eBook. Then pass your iPad to your child and watch their imagination run free!

Perfect for the classroom
"My students loved this app. They felt it was so easy to use, that they could open it for the first time and know intuitively what to do. Having it then go to iBooks and create an individual bookshelf was fantastic."

  • Rosey McQuillan, Pre-K-12 Assistive Technology Specialist, Massachusetts Book Creator is available with a 50% discount under Apple's volume purchase program.

Perfect for designers
"What a great tool! It’s sleek, intuitive, and easy. Being able to design a fixed layout picture book right on the iPad makes total sense. Highly recommended."

  • Liz Castro, Author of ‘EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders’


  • Choose from portrait, landscape or square book sizes.
  • Quickly add pictures from the Photos app, or grab them from the web, then move, resize and rotate them with your fingers.
  • Edit text using the onscreen keyboard, and apply rich formatting to make it look great.
  • Choose from all of the iPad's fonts - over 50 to use.
  • Import video and music, and record speech within the app.
  • Draw and write in your books with the freehand pen tools.
  • Layout your book exactly as you want it with guidelines and snap positioning.
  • A quick tap and you're reading your book in iBooks!
  • Send your books to your friends over email, to iTunes on your computer, over Dropbox, or to a WebDav server.
  • Print using AirPrint or other printer apps, or export as PDF.
  • Export as a movie and upload to the web.
  • With your books created using the international ePub standard you know they will be readable now and in the future.
  • Support for iBooks’ fixed layout format, including double page images and soundtracks. Please note that fixed layout iBooks are not ideal for long texts such as novels.
  • Includes a Getting Started tutorial plus online support articles at"

"Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and move your important projects forward."

Remind: Safe Classroom Communication

"Remind (formerly Remind101) offers teachers a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students and parents. Teachers can send or schedule reminders, assignments, homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly to students' and parents' phones. Interactions are safe because phone numbers are kept private, and messages are sent with no open replies. Teachers, students and parents see mobile messages from all their classes in one place.

For students and parents, Remind provides an easier way to stay informed outside of the classroom. They can now download the app and opt-in to receive messages faster with push notifications!

Use Remind to send free text messages to save time, engage students and involve parents with your class. Try it today! And if you love it, share it with your colleagues or write a review!

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK: “Jessica D, a teacher in Louisiana, uses Remind daily to brief parents on whether their children did well in class and what their homework is for the night. She says the app has led more students to complete their homework and even credits it with improving scores on standardized tests. “The word I use is ‘transform,’ ” she says. “It transformed my classroom. And I think it made me a better teacher.”

PARENTING: According to a study conducted by Harvard University, on average, teacher-family communication increased the odds a student completed their homework by 42% and decreased instances in which teachers had to redirect students' attention to the task at hand by 25%. Parent-teacher communication is clearly key to a student's success, and Remind can help.

BUZZFEED: “...SMS allows the app to be used by parents without smartphones. Brett Kopf said that Remind’s features have proved especially popular in low-income districts, where parent engagement is a key issue for teachers, and parents’ sometimes erratic work schedules can make it difficult to get in touch by phone.”

Note: Remind is only available in English. Stay tuned for more languages!"


"Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations!

Find new and interesting books by browsing personalized recommendations based on books you've read and your favorite genres. See what your friends are reading, write book reviews, and keep track of what you want to read.

Use our barcode scanner the next time you are in a bookstore. Add the book in your hands to your "to-read" shelf and browse reviews before buying.

More than 20 million members have added more than 570 million books to their shelves. No other app combines the power and depth of the Goodreads community with an enormous catalog of books and reviews.


• Get personalized recommendations and discover new books based on your tastes.
• Goodreads Choice Awards: vote for your favorite books of the year and see the winners!
• Participate in the Reading Challenge!
• Barcode scanner!
• Keep a want-to-read list.
• See book reviews and updates from your friends.
• Discover new books and explore popular book lists.
• Read ebooks! We have more than 2,000 public domain books, completely free.
• Rate and review any book in our catalog of more than 12 million books.
• Share notes and progress updates as you read.
• Recommend books to friends.
• Join online book clubs and connect with other readers.
• View literary events near you."


"Educreations is a community where anyone can teach what they know and learn what they don't. Our software turns any iPad or web browser into a recordable, interactive whiteboard, making it easy for teachers and experts to create engaging video lessons and share them on the web."

ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

"The International Children's Digital Library provides a surplus of great reads for children all over the world."

Scholastic, Helping Children Around the World to Read and Learn |

", the flagship Internet portal for the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, offers content and products for children ages 0-13 and the educators and family members who support their development."

Florida Center for Reading Research

"The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading research-basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment."


"Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction."

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds

"Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like."

Storyline Online

"Reading to children has been repeatedly shown to improve their reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking, concentration and general academic aptitude… as well as inspire a love of reading. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image."


"Read, write, discover, and share the books you'll always remember. Discover an endless library of free books, picture books, & poetry or use simple tools to create books in minutes. Storybird is a creative community where readers & writers celebrate storytelling."


"Kids Stories, Songs, Games, Videos & Educational Activities. Children's website for reading and literacy. Kids online stories, videos, educational activities, games, worksheets, printables, coloring pages, arts & crafts and more."

Welcome to the Newbery Medal Home Page!

Click here for Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present
It was very interesting seeing the books that have received this award. Some books I have already read, and others I look forward to reading in the future.

Walden Award | ALAN Online

"The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, presented annually by ALAN, is an award in the United States for a book that exemplifies literary excellence, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature."

All Caldecott Award Winners - Caldecott Award Books - LibGuides at the Public Library Albuquerque Bernalillo County

"This is a complete list of the books that have won the Caldecott Award.  Click on the title to see if the book is available.  (For a printable list of the winners and all the honor books for each year, select the checklist tab.)"