Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Grants for Technology and Other Library Resources

In today's educational environment, particularly in California, getting sufficient funding for school library media programs is a challenge. LMTs need to know how to locate and "go for the money" in order to help students succeed. Of course, the best scenario is to have an abundance of financial support AND get grants to do innovative services.

Go through this short course on grantsmanship:

READ David Moursund's guide to obtaining funds for technology:

Tech grant sites: monthly list of opportunities

grant-writing links:
LibraryHQ also has multiple resources on library funding:

Other useful grant Web sites: (CA Dept. of Education's grant tips) (sponsored by Winona State University) (contains tutorial on grant writing and link to Grantminer) (click on Grant Web)

Some specific grants include:
Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Video storytelling

These sites offer stories and booktalks in video format.

Developed by a Vancouverite, this video directory is intended for use with younger children, although more senior users like us will enjoy many of the selections. The site is moderated. It's powered by YouTube.

Book Video Ning
Visit or join the ning to find or share videos about books. The ning was initiated by Joyce Valenza on December 12, 2008. As much as anything, the ning serves to show us what is possible in the area of booktalks.

Scholastic's Video Booktalks
High quality video booktalks, many aimed at middle and senior level students

If you like Storylines at , you'll love this site as well. There you'll find online books, celebrity readers, teacher resources, and technology that enables kids to make their own recordings.

CogDogRoo Story Tools
This blog is more about making digital stories (or booktalks). Alan Levine offers 50+ web tools you can use to create your own web-based story. He provides several samples that have been made with each tool. In fact, the story of Dominoe the dog is told repeatedly using all of the tools.

c/o Margaret Stimson