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August 29, 2014

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Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from

Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from

            Attention fans of history, historical images, book art, and archives in general: Georgetown University scholar, Yahoo fellow and developer Kalev Leetaru is currently working to create a searchable database of 12 million copyright-free images, from 600 million library book pages. The recently launched Flickr-based Internet Archive Book Images currently [...]

Beloit College Mindset List

Beloit College Mindset List

Yesterday, Beloit College released its Annual College Mindset List. Ever since 1998, the list has helped us understand exactly where the current freshman (2018) class is coming from.  (You can check out the webcast here.) The initial purpose of the list was to alert aging faculty to beware of hardening of the references–that the students [...]

How do you keep up? Part 5: Google+ Communities

How do you keep up? Part 5: Google+ Communities

In the past few posts about keeping up, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations, we looked at curation sites for current awareness, webinars hosted by practitioners and Pinterest as a new essential for making visual discoveries and organizing what you discover. Recently, Google+ Communities have found [...]

How do you keep up? Part 4 Pinterest as a new professional essential

How do you keep up? Part 4 Pinterest as a new professional essential

In recent posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness and webinars hosted by talented practitioners. I suggest that if you don’t regularly refer to Pinterest, or if your Pinterest experience [...]

Touch Van Gogh

Touch Van Gogh

Share this with your favorite art teachers and art-loving learners. I love that technology removes the theater rope.  That great art can be less guarded, more accessible, nearly touchable. And I sincerely hope that Touch Van Gogh, the newly updated, free, award-winning app from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is only the beginning of [...]

How do you keep up? Part 3: A new season of Webinars (and live chat)

How do you keep up? Part 3: A new season of Webinars (and live chat)

In the past couple of posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness. Now let’s turn to the fabulous and nearly overwhelming array of webinar/conferency-type professional development available to you free [...]

Pinterest becomes more social

Yesterday, Pinterest announced a new collaborative feature–conversations/messaging around shared pins. Combined with the Send a Pin feature added last spring, users can now share and comment on visual discoveries with multiple friends, colleagues and students without having to leave the site or app they are currently exploring. To engage in a Pinterest converation, after choosing [...]

How do you keep up? Part 2: Scoop.it (and other newsy tools) for current awareness.

How do you keep up?  Part 2: Scoop.it (and other newsy tools) for current awareness.

In my last post I shared how presentation platforms/communities contribute to my professional learning, sharing, and growth. Also in my arsenal are tools that, in the old days, we would have called current awareness services. These curation tools allow you to follow others who share your interests and to push newsfeeds to your inbox after [...]

How do you keep up? Part 1: slideshare & authorSTREAM

How do you keep up, Joyce? Part 1: slideshare & authorSTREAM

Whenever I share at a conference, I get asked a couple of questions:  “How do you learn about all this stuff?”  “How do you keep up?” Most of us did not learn strategies for the type of keeping up we now need to do when we were in library school. New tools for current awareness, [...]

#saveedshelf: a new model. Helping the developers on our team.

No secret.  I am a huge fan of edshelf.  Not only as a curation platform, but as a source of reviews, as a discovery tool, as a lens on the apps and tools other educators I respect are using, as an attractive dashboard for my stakeholders–with the added value of descriptions, tutorials and so much [...]

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building.

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building.

Tell me if you’ve seen this happen. A classroom teacher or a teacher librarian friend attends a workshop or a webinar about a certain app, masters it and tries to use it, a lot.  There are likely better tools for the various tasks at hand, but they aren’t easily discoverable. Pre-service training does not prepare [...]

So you think you know your phone

So you think you know your phone

Confession: I love my iPhone and I thought I knew how to use it, until I attended Michelle Luhtala’s latest edWeb webinar. I couldn’t make the session live, but I am actually kinda glad I watched it first in archived form.  The recording allowed me to pause and take a good look at the features [...]

liberi.o: from Docs to pub

liberi.o: from Docs to pub

My favorite third party solutions for e-publishing include Issuu, FlipSnack, and ePubBud for kiddos. But, if you or your students do any serious writing using Google Docs, you’ve probably longed for an instant strategy for sharing your text masterpieces as ebooks. Liber.io, just out of private beta, may be a serious answer.  The program allows [...]

A round-up of interactive video options

A round-up of interactive video options

We take for granted that we can interact with text, but up until recently it’s been a challenge to interact (read/write/talk) with media.  I last looked at tools for annotating and interacting with video more than a year ago.  The field has changed a bit. Why interact with video? Being able to interact with video [...]

Why it’s important to smash a few apps (or what’s on your palette?)

Why it’s important to smash a few apps

Lately when I think about how I am going to accomplish a digital task, I find that I automatically consider the task as a creative process, a process that makes me dig into my digital toolkit or examine my digital palette, usually more than once, to discover new synergies. I’ve come to discover what I’ve [...]

Girl Power! All about that acceptance

In the past couple of weeks I’ve come across a couple of videos that refreshingly reaffirm the importance of girls’ voice and what beauty is really about. In case you missed them  . . . Twenty-year-old Nashville songwriter Meghan Trainer creates a pastel universe that is all about acceptance and positive body image in her [...]

A ThingLink challenge and new video tagging

One of the most versatile and easiest-to-use platforms I’ve used over the past several years is ThingLink. I’ve used the interactive poster tagging tool to create and embed media-rich image maps, to annotate and evaluate the claims infographics make, as a portfolio and as a curation tool. This summer, educator, consultant and ThingLink Education Community Manager, [...]

Teamput: updating the stickynote options (Updated)

Teamput: updating the stickynote options

Update: I want to thank developer, Bill Youngdahl, for so quickly responding to my suggestions for templates for schools! I am a huge fan of stickynote tools for collaboration and reflection.  I am particularly devoted to Padlet.  I love its ease of use, embedability, the fact that no registration is necessary. But for some purposes, [...]

Going global: a literacy, a process, a call to action (and some resources)

Going global: a literacy, a call to action (and some resources)

When you are lucky enough to travel and visit with librarians all over the world, you realize the power and the talents of our community. One thing is clear to me: as librarians, we haven’t yet leveraged our true power as global connectors.  Lately I’ve been thinking about our yet-to-be-realized opportunities and how we might [...]

AASL’s picks for apps and websites

AASL’s picks for apps and websites

On Saturday, two hard-working AASL committees presented juried lists of resources. While I try my best to keep up with this stuff, these two darn committees just filled my summer with new explorations. I take that back.  They’ve actually significantly narrowed the field by pointing to the learning tools most worthy of exploring and integrating [...]