Library Circulation Program Demos, K-12

Heartland has asked these three vendors to demonstrate their resource management and library circulation modules. Requests for information were sent this fall and schools identified these vendors of interest. The goal is to provide students access to information and materials that will impact student learning. Register online at, click Professional Development, Professional Development Catalog, then enter the IL number listed below.

April 13, 12:00-2:00
Heartland Computer Lab

April 13, 2:30-4:00
Webinar (log-in from your school)

Auto-Graphics VERSO
April 15, 10:00-12:00
Heartland Computer Lab

Auto-Graphics VERSO
April 15, 12:30-2:30
Webinar (log-in from your school)

Follett Destiny
April 19, 10:00-12:00
Heartland Computer Lab

Follett Destiny
April 19, 12:30-2:30
Webinar (log-in from your school)

PBS SciGirls, 3-9
This new series premiered in February on PBS. In addition to the weekly series, a Web site has been created to encourage girls to think about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Earth Day, K-12
“A Billion Acts of Green” is the campaign slogan for Earth Day 2010. Click on Programs and Education to find over 300 standards-based lesson plans, school greening tips, grants for teachers, and links to more than 25,000 teachers. Go to Resources for materials such as environmental fact sheets and an ecological footprint calculator that help build a cleaner, healthier, and safer world.

Get Body Smart, 9-12
Get Body Smart is a fully animated and interactive e-book about human anatomy and physiology that offers free tutorials and quizzes. Students and teachers can view detailed instructional diagrams, drawings, and other items related to the systems of the human body. Within the sections, they can view illustrations of the various anatomical parts and read through the tutorials to learn about each system.

Comparing Global Warming Potentials, 9-12
Wolfram/Alpha provides information on the relative global warming effects of about 30 common pollutants in the atmosphere using the global warming potential (GWP) index.
The GWP index estimates how much a certain chemical will add to global warming compared to the same mass of carbon dioxide over a certain time span. Here’s an example with methane: Choose timeframes of 20 years, 100 years, and 500 years to see the short-term and long-term contributions of methane in the atmosphere. You’ll see that the longer the timeframe, the GWP decreases. This may seem counterintuitive, but makes sense when you discover that methane has an atmospheric lifetime of about 12 years. As a next step, compare methane to other greenhouse gases in the short and long term.

ChemTutor, 9-12
This basic chemistry resource can be used for independent study, review of lessons taught in class, or a tutoring program. The content is grouped into sections by topic including how to learn, the periodic table, kinetics, reactions, atomic structure, elements, solutions, and thermochemistry. Within each topic area, students can read the text and view charts, tables, sample problems, and diagrams.

Stellarium, K-12
This is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Open Notebook Science, 9-12
Open Notebook Science (ONS) is slowly making a splash in the scientific community. By publishing all experiments in online notebooks via blogs and wikis, scientists are bypassing the lengthy patent process and working toward creating faster solutions to world problems.
Example: Useful Chem Project

LIFE Series on Discovery Education, 3-12
LIFE premiered on Discovery Channel in March. For the next several weeks, the new episodes will be available the following Monday morning on DE streaming Plus. Each episode will be broken out into clips and have teacher guides and writing prompts.

The LIFE series narrated by Oprah Winfrey captures never-before-seen animal behaviors using the latest in state-of-the art high-definition filming techniques.

• Challenges of Life
• Reptiles & Amphibians
• Birds
• Creatures of the Deep
• Fish
• Hunters and Hunted
• Insects
• Kingdom of Plants
• Mammals
• Primates

Students can log in with the school online database username/password. Teachers will need their private log-ins to access the teacher materials. Ask the school teacher librarian or call Heartland AEA for assistance. More information about the LIFE series is at

Audio/Video Assessment Feedback, K-12
This URL links to an example of using Jing to capture and share teacher suggestions to a student on his writing. Jing is a free screen capture tool where you can record audio over a video screen in five minutes or less, This example shows a secondary teacher commenting on the sources, thesis statement, and suggestions to improve an essay a student submitted in a blog format. While this example critiques a student blog, the same procedure can be used to comment on an essay written in MS Word. Notice the background music and how it contributes to the effectiveness of the commentary? Teachers and students have access to free sound clips at Use the online database username/password assigned to your school.

Formative Assessment Resources, K-12

New professional books for checkout
Call the Heartland library to checkout.
Advancing Formative assessment in Every Classroom: A Guide for Instructional Leaders (371.26 Mos)
Assessment-centered Teaching: A Reflective Practice (371.14 Ass)
Assessment Essentials for Standards-Based Education (371.26 McM)
Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom (371.2 Fis)
Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know (371.26 Pop)
Critical Thinking and Formative Assessments: Increasing the Rigor in Your Classroom (370.15 Moo)
Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Assessment: Deriving an Appropriate Model (371.26 Enh)
Exploring Formative Assessment (371.26 Bro)
Formative Assessment: Responding to Your Students (371.1 Tut)
How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students (371.1 Bro)
Mindful School: How to Assess Authentic Learning (371.26 Bur)
Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning (371.26 Cha)
Test Less, Assess More: A K-8 Guide to Formative Assessment (372.12 Bra)
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes (507 Kee)
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes (507 Kee)
Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics, Grades 6-12: 30 Formative Assessment Probes (510.71 Ros)
What Formative Assessment Teaches Us: Formative Assessment in the Writing Workshop (808 Ove)

Inservice Collection
Click the title hyperlinks to go to Medianet, then log-in with your personal username/password to reserve the materials, or call media reservations.
Assessing Inquiry, 60 min. (#254600)
Formative assessment in content areas, program : Elementary school, 29 min. (#256120)
Formative assessment in content areas, program 2: middle school, 31 min.
Formative assessment in content areas, program 3: high school, 32 min. (#256122)
Giving effective feedback to your students, volume1 : the impact on student achievement, 30 min. (#256059)
New mission, new beliefs: assessment for learning (#255566)
The power of formative assessment to advance learning (#255860)
The power of professional learning communities at work: bringing the big ideas to life, 80 min. (#255653)
Under-resourced learners: A six-step process to track student learning, strategy 6, 17 min. (#255956)

School Reform Film Series, K-12
“A 21st Century Education” features 10-15 minute videos about the best ideas in school reform. The series is meant to start, extend, or nudge the conversation about how to make change in education happen. Download the videos or view them online.
· Steve Barr and the Takeover of Locke High School in Watts
· James Dierke and Leadership Models for Urban Middle Schools
· David “T.C.” Ellis and Essential Learning at Hip Hop High
· Randall Fielding and Designing Schools for 21st Century Learning
· Stephen Heppell and Empowering Young Learners
· Jean Johnson, and Online Learning for Disaffected Youth
· Doug McCurry and the Success of Achievement First
· George McKenna and Personalizing Public Education
· Alan November and the Myths and Opportunities of Technology
· Larry Rosenstock and Project-based Learning at High Tech High
· Elliot Soloway/Cathie Norris and Educating the Mobile Generation
· Yong Zhao: No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness

100 Video Web Sites, K-12
These Web sites link to videos to augment lessons, lectures to inspire students, documentaries to show them how things work, and many additional videos to help teachers become better and smarter and engage their students more easily and effectively. This is definitely a page you’ll want to bookmark or add to

Texting, Driving, and Sexting, 6-12

Take a look at these resources that can be used when researching texting and driving. The following was retrieved from Com Cat, where students can log-in with the school online database username/password and search these databases simultaneously. Replicate the search of texting driving in SuperSearch 9-12.
Rosen Teen Health and Wellness – 2 resources
MasterFile Premier – 102 resources
Newspaper Source Plus – 1741 resources
Points of View Reference Center – 928 resources
SIRS Researcher – 21 resources

This DVD is available for checkout from Heartland AEA:
B careful when U txt : the dangers of texting and sexting #809780
You can watch a preview online at

Ellison Die Cuts and LAP Posters, K-12

Thanks to a partnership with AEA 267, Heartland now has a large selection of Ellison die cut letters, numbers and designs, as well as an expanded collection of Learning Activity Posters (LAP). The Ellison die cuts are great for bulletin boards, rewards and recognition, flash cards, signs, nametags, bookmarks, math manipulatives and more. The Learning Activity Posters are great for independent student activities or can be used as bulletin board starters. For more information or to download catalogs and order forms, go to, click Educators Tab, click Print and Production.

Printing and Production Services, K-12

Heartland’s print and production services are offered year-round. Cut down on your stress level by sending us your fall print and production requests this spring and early summer. The updated print and production request forms are available for download by clicking on "Print and Production" under the Educators Tab at

Create Online Research Modules, 3-12
Online learning represents an exciting new way to structure and guide student research efforts so they will focus upon higher-level thinking and rich electronic resources along with good print resources like books and live data from sources such as interviews. Research modules can be an effective way of addressing the standards.

Module Maker guides teachers through the process of creating online research modules for their students. The research model presented on this site is intended to “challenge students to make up their own minds while supplying them with rich information to support such thinking,” and the guidance includes advice on asking good questions, scaffolding the assignment to direct student efforts, and setting up the online module in stages. Module Maker includes examples and templates to help teachers get started with their own online research modules.

Develop Computer Literacy, 6-12
The new Strategy Guides provide examples of effective literacy teaching and learning strategies and offer related resources such as lesson plans and student interactives.

--Online Safety Strategy Guide: describes the strategies involved in ensuring that students understand how to be safe when they participate in online discussions and join social networks.
--Reading Online Strategy Guide: explains how online reading differs from offline reading and presents strategies to build and reinforce the skills that online reading requires.
--Teaching with Blogs Strategy Guide: describes the processes involved in composing blogs in the classroom, the process of writing regular posts, or entries, that are published online.
--Teaching with Podcasts Strategy Guide: describes the processes involved in composing and producing audio files that are published online as podcasts.

Google Squared, K-12
Google Squared is a search tool that helps you quickly build a collection of facts from the Web for any topic. It’s a new way to organize information so it’s more structured and useful. Here’s how the Google help page describes it, “… say you're curious about which roller coasters are the fastest, tallest, and longest in the world. Until now, you would have had to comb through dozens of webpages to compile the information. With Google Squared, all you have to do is type "roller coasters" into the search box…and click Square it to see an automatically generated table of roller coasters and their attributes.”

Facts about your topic are organized into a table of items and attributes (called Squares).
Customize the Squares to see just the items and attributes you’re interested in.
See the Web sites that served as sources for the information in your Square.
Save and share Squares with others.

Online Film School, 3-12
Teachers interested in producing video as part of their project-based learning will find lots of tools and information at Kids’ Vid. Students will enjoy displaying their work. Information is available on how to script a video, including a storyboard tool; how to produce a movie, including setting up a shot, lighting, and audio; how to edit using music and effects; and how to compress a movie into various formats. There is a teachers’ section with lessons on how to integrate video production into the curriculum and tips for improving video techniques, advice from other students, and ways to use video in class. The theater showcases some of the work that classes have submitted to the site.

New Big Book Collection, K-3

Heartland now has 107 big book titles for checkout. Call the Heartland library to check out or go to Medianet and request a title online,
Acids and Bases
All About Wood
Amazing Eggs
Amazing Sharks
America’s Landforms
America’s Regions
America’s Symbols
Animal Legs
Animal Senses
Animals Around the World
Animals in Danger
As Big as a Whale
At Play in the Community
At the market
Because of a Sneeze
Being a Scientist
Being Human
Big Bears
Bringing Water to People
Building Roads
Call of the Wolves
Caring for Our Land
Cells to Systems
Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams
Clay Hernandez: A Mexican American
Come Into My Garden
Counting Animal Babies
Crocodile Tears
Digging for Dinosaurs
Ding-a-Lings and Flutterbys
Dream Catcher
Every Landmark Has a Story
Exploring Everyday Wonders
Fifty States, One Country
Flower Garden
Food From Plants
Forces and Motion
From Father to Son
From Here to There
From the Factory
Getting Information from Maps
Give It a Try
Great Kapok Tree
Growing Pumpkins
How Do Animals Sleep?
How Do We Learn?
I Am of Two Places: Children’s Poetry
In the Tall, Tall Grass
Kids for the Earth
Leading the Way
Let’s Experiment
Life in a Coral Reef
Life in the Desert
Life in the Polar Regions
Life in the Rainforest
Life in the Sea
Life in the Temperate Forest
Life in your backyard
Life on the African Savannah
Little Red Hen
A Look at Lizards
Made by Hand
Make Mine Ice Cream
Map It!
Mark’s Kwanzaa Celebration
Martin Luther King Jr.: A Big Biography
Oil: A Natural Resource
Old Black Fly
Out in Space
Parts of a Whole
Passing It On
Pattern Everywhere
Penguin Rescue
Pickles and Preserves
Rain Forest
Remarkable Rocks
Signals for Safety
Sort It Out
Sounds on the Farm

Adolescent Literacy Report, 4-12
Time to Act PDF:
This new report, Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success, outlines a national agenda for fully supporting adolescent learners, including details on literacy needs, case-studies, professional development and specific action steps for school leaders, district leaders, state leaders and federal policymakers.

New Iconographic DVDs, PreK-3

These picture books on DVD from Nutmeg Media are available for checkout. Reserve online or call Heartland AEA.
Bebe #809681
Monarch and Milkweed #809832
Bats at the Beach #809678
Halloween Treats #809676
Bats at the Library #809675
Ruby the Copycat #809677
White Owl, Barn Owl #808663
A Mama for Owen #809831
Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating #809830
Counting Crocodiles and Monster Math #809827
The Apple-Pip Princess #809826
A Box Full of Kittens #809672
The Best Place and Hog-eye #809673
Little Rooster’s Diamond Button #809679

60 Second Literature Recap, 6-12
This Web site takes great works of literature and breaks them down into easy to digest 60 second video clips. There is also a weekly quick-read recommendation just for fun. Use the clips to introduce a new book, fine similar themes across books, use as a model to create your own video recaps.

Free MP3 Audiobooks, K-12
Be sure to read any usage restrictions.

Teaching History CSI Style, 3-12
HSI: Historical Scene Investigation helps students solve “crimes” using historical documents as evidence. This historical investigation lesson plans cover 14 cases, and all of them include a student and teacher view. Each case comes with links to primary documents and offers a challenge for students to investigate. The cases prompt students to rely on their analytical abilities in determining an outcome.

Free DVD: America the Story of US, 6-12

This series premieres on HISTORY on April 25. It is a six week series that looks at the stories of the people, events, and innovations that forged out nation. It is supported by educational materials tied to curriculum standards. HISTORY is offering the DVD to every accredited public, private or home school. The principal needs to complete the request form at this URL:

My Brand New Life DVDs, 3-9

This series was aired on IPTV. It features contemporary kids from around the world who swap places to experience another culture and lifestyle. The titles are available as DVD for checkout or for duplication. To learn how to request a DVD to be duplicated, go to, click Educators, scroll down and click Print & Production. You can reserve videos for checkout online at, click Advanced Search under the Medianet column.

A Border Story #072605
A Feast for One’s Eyes #072606
A Feast for One’s Eyes: Muslim Culture/Native American #073607
Ballet Dancer/Hockey Player and a Border Story #073606
He Said, She Said #072607
Inuit Games #072608
Music for Whose Ears #072609
Music for Whose Ears: Acadian Culture/Indian Culture #073608
Only Child, Big Family #072610
Scary Tales: Halloween/Day of the Dead #072611
School’s Out #072612
Wheelchair Challenge #073609

History Animated, 6-12
Content is limited to the Civil War, U.S. Pacific Campaign in WWII, and the Revolutionary War. It shows the animated movement of armies displayed on a map. Each animation is accompanied by captions describing the strategies of the armies as well as the results and consequences of each battle.

The Map as History, 6-12
This Web site provides animated, narrated historical maps. Most of the maps are only available through a subscription, but there are nine free maps you can view. The maps in the collections are narrated with animations synchronized to highlight the points made by the narrator. Each map also provides the option to view a transcript of the narration. Created by Images et Savoirs, a French company which designs and publishes multimedia educational and cultural tools.

SmartHistory, 9-12
SmartHistory is a free online alternative to expensive art history textbooks. It features more than just images of notable works of art. Videos lessons, VoiceThread lessons, and audio lessons about eras and themes in art history are included. Students can browse the resources by artist name, style of work, theme, or time period.