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Stephens, Wendy – Knowledge Quest, 2014
School librarians and other specialists should take note of the new wave of computer-based assessments required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), testing that is only now beginning to get off the ground. The new testing necessitates that districts possess the right hardware, install the requisite software, and, in some cases, create…
Descriptors: State Standards, Alignment (Education), School Libraries, Librarians
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Stephens, Wendy – Knowledge Quest, 2012
In the championship playoffs of professional learning tools, this author contends that there is a clear-cut victor. Customizable, platform-agnostic, able to circumvent filters--both browser and network-imposed--RSS is the best professional learning tool. Reading sites via RSS has appeal for those who want the raw information. With a well-honed…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Learning Experience
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Stephens, Wendy – Knowledge Quest, 2012
With the introduction of more standardized multimedia file formats, the text has more potential than ever to provide a really robust experience, with the best products moving from discrete narrative literature to something altogether new and well beyond the page. A work is no longer confined to a single definitive version, as the reader can follow…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, High School Students, Information Seeking
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Stephens, Wendy – Knowledge Quest, 2008
This article presents the results of a research project centered on challenged books, which was used with a twelfth-grade class of mixed ability levels. The study of banned books provided the students an opportunity to engage with literature on a number of levels, generating text-to-self connections by involving students in a discussion centered…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Intellectual Freedom, Action Research, School Libraries