Digital Resources for K-12 | Learning in the Age of COVID

Monday, April 27, 2020
2-3 PM ET, 11 AM-12 PM PT

It’s a new age for learning and education. Content and tools are widely available, but what are the best resources and how best to use them in this uncharted landscape? Join our panel of experts for a critical discussion about digital resources, along with curated recommendations and guidance on their use.

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Gary Price, MLIS, Co-Founder and Editor, Library Journal’s infoDOCKET

Melissa Techman, MLS, NBCT, School Librarian, Albemarle Co Public Schools


Rebecca Jozwiak, School Library Journal

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Lemma Shomali, Director of K-12 Products, Gale, A Cengage Company

Words Have Power

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10:00 – 11:00 – Opening Session – Wanda Huffaker, Chair-elect of the ALA Roundtable on Intellectual Freedom
11:00 – 11:15 – Break/Snack
11:15 – 12:00 – Breakout Session One
12:15 – 1:00 – Breakout Session Two

Breakout Sessions – (Participants pick two)

  • Evaluating and Updating Library Policies to Foster Academic Freedom – Jim Wilson, Canyons School District
  • Book Selection Strategies and Guidelines – Sharon Deeds, State Library
  • Good Reading Processes – Monica Flint, Davis School District


Please see the attached flyer for our upcoming statewide symposium on intellectual freedom.  The  main meeting/broadcast site will be at Highland High School.  We are excited to have the following regional sites onboard – Heber City, Blanding, Richfield, Price and Cedar City.   We are still working out logistics to broadcast to the Uintah Basin, Grand County and Logan and other areas which have all shown interest in having local meetings. We can arrange for more sites if there is interest.

Wanda Huffaker, Chair-Elect of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table, will be our keynote speaker and there will be breakout sessions following.

Our Agenda for the day will be:

  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM:  Opening Session – Keynote
  • 11:00 – 11:15 AM: Break/Snacks
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM:  Breakout Session 1
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM:  Breakout Session 2

The entire event will be broadcast, including the breakout sessions. This will be a very informational event, if you have questions about book purchasing policies, book challenges and how to handle controversial content and more,  you must attend! You can register in Midas, this is the state system mostly used by teachers, but all paraprofessional have access as well, you just need to create an account here.

UEN Canvas PD

UEN has created mini lessons for students. These lesson will teach students how to use the resources in Utah’s Online Library.  These are all self-paced lessons that are less than 60 minutes in length. These are great for teachers who want to import them into their Canvas course. They can also be used as a substitute teacher lesson plan.

These lessons are available in Canvas Commons under the UEN-K12 consortium.  You will find this consortium under Canvas Commons using the Filter UEN-K12.  If your school or district does not have access to this consortium please email Justin Brooksby at  Once you have selected the UEN-K12 consortium search for “uen library lesson”.

These resources include:

  • CultureGrams High School
  • CultureGrams Middle School
  • CultureGrams Elementary
  • World Book Online
  • Gale Research in Context
  • Gale Reference Collection Secondary
  • LearningExpress Library
  • Soundzabound
  • eMedia

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Media Literacy PD

Dear Utah History Day Educators:

I am happy to announce this professional learning opportunity; please share widely. This will be the fourth year we have sponsored PD on teaching the Holocaust by Echoes and Reflections. Their resources are simply outstanding. I hope to see you there!

Analyzing Propaganda & Teaching Media Literacy: The Holocaust as a Case Study, presented by Echoes & Reflections

  •   Monday, November 11, 4-7 pm
  •  @ Utah Division of State History (300 S. Rio Grande Street SLC)
  •  Cost: Free
  •  Register Online:

Media literacy skills have become essential for young people to successfully navigate and critically assess the ever-increasing amount of information they receive throughout their day — on social media, advertisements, television, and film. 

This learning opportunity examines the events of the Holocaust through the lens of media, by examining propaganda deployed by the Nazis to discriminate against Jews and other minorities. Educators will gain the tools to facilitate classroom discussions on the role and impact of Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust and support their students to critically analyze media in today’s world.

Join us for this FREE professional learning opportunity in downtown SLC.  Parking is free, food is provided, and relicensure points given.

Please help us spread the word to your colleagues in social studies and English/Language Arts. 

Contact Wendy at Utah History Day ( with questions.