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Learning Commons

*FREE Teaching Resources

A sub-page from the official ED.GOV, United States Department of Education Webpage, this website provides teachers from all subjects free access to Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans, and aids including: Animations, Primary Documents, Photos and Videos.


*Horizons Report:

New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project is a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years on a variety of sectors around the globe.


*When Your Library Goes Virtual:

A Resource showcasing how going virtual can promote research and learning


*Inside a Dog:

All about books – by young people, for young people. Inside a dog is a place for teen readers. Here you can:

  • Find great reads
  • Share your reviews of books you love – or hate
  • Create or join a book club to talk about your reading
  • Win stuff!
  • Read authors’ thoughts about writing and reading on our Residence blog
  • Discuss book news and hot topics on our blog or forums


*Media Specialists’ Lesson Plans:

Brief descriptions of what they are, what they do, and a link to detailed descriptions.


*Florida Power Library Schools:

A statewide program designed to bring recognition to the role that the school library media programs and staff play in promoting student achievement.


*Collier Research Process

Evaluate the process.


*Library 2.0 Pages and Links:

great list of sites posted in Squidoo



Interested in the relationship between information, people and technology. This relationship is characterized by a commitment to learning and understanding the role of information in human endeavors.


*Books About Media and Media Centers:

An emerging list of books covering the topic(s)


*Designing Better Libraries

Exploring the Application of Design, Innovation, and New Media to Create Better Libraries and User Experiences


*Doug Johnson

is a well-known and respected author and lecturer/consultant for ‘new’ ed media/librarians in the 21st century.
Here is an abstract of his seminal article found in Teacher-Librarian, May 2005.


*Book Review Sources:

A comprehensive and interactive list of Book Review Sources.


*Book Awards:

A comprehensive and interactive set of Awards that you or your favorite authors, could be eligible to win



Bookshare, a resource offered by the United States Department of Education, is an accessible books and periodicals resource for readers with print disabilities.


*PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is a new, free, online media-on-demand service developed for PreK-12 educators featuring interactive, images, video, audio files and moreThey have lesson plans, background essays, and discussion questions too.



BetterLesson, Founded by teachers from Atlanta and Boston public schools, has become the best place for educators to connect and share the highest-quality lessons.