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September 1, 2015

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Pixar in a box

This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media teachers, and young filmmakers as well. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school […]

Old Maps on new devices

Teachers and lovers of history and geography are going to love this new app. Old Maps, available for iPhone, iPad or any Android device through Google Play, allows mobile access to more than 250,000 high resolution, historical maps from the 15th to the 20th century, from across the world.  Only a few years ago, we […]

Interactive presentations: a round-up

Sometimes it just hard to know. When you look at the faces around you, in your audience or your classroom, or increasingly, in remote spaces with folks you cannot see,  you just don’t really know if anyone is with you. What do they understand? What are the issues? If they are on their devices, are […]

Celebrating edcamp, libcamp, unconference

For me, it’s been an unconferency kinda week–a celebration of the informal, participant-driven learning experiences that have made huge impact on professional learning culture. 1. On Monday, I was honored to be invited to attend a little 5th birthday party featuring an extraordinary present.  The EdCamp Foundation announced the gift of a $2 million dollar, no strings […]

By any media necessary

Intensely political years present rich opportunities for teaching and learning.  As we enter the 2015/16 school year, I suspect we’ll see a bounty of resources to aid in the teaching of civic engagement and media literacy. One highly engaging, high quality resource high school and university instructors, and especially librarians, will want to grab right […]

DAQRI for your science teachers: Elements 4D and Human Body Anatomy 4D

(Video by David Petro) As you get ready to reconnect with your favorite science teachers this fall, you’ll want to share two fabulous apps by the augmented reality developer DAQRI. Elements 4D This is a different kind of block play likely to engage new fans of chemistry. Using either paper or wood six-sided blocks inscribed […]

Nepris: matchmaker for STEAM learning

Nepris is a social community devoted to a particular type of matchmaking–to connecting teachers and students with a global database network of industry professionals and experts.  It could also be a secret weapon for teacher librarians as we think of a broader notion of collection for a global, walls-free landscape. Winner of a 2015 REVERE […]

It’s explosive: Brit’s Biggest Bangs

No mess.  No danger.  No smelly fumes. BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a fun, interactive video experience that allows users to channel their inner mad scientists, mixing dangerous chemicals with sometimes explosive results without a proper laboratory. The secret behind the interactivity is a central choose-your-own-adventure video around which annotations lead to separate videos that […]

Simplifying production, with a one-button lab

This week I attended the PA Forward Information Literacy Summit, where I connected with school and academic librarians and discussed evolving visions of literacy. (More on that coming!) At the Pattee Library,  I was treated to a tour of the Knowledge Commons by Associate Librarian Joe Fennewald.  Joe showed several of us around a variety […]

Kindoma: a shared reading experience

I love the idea of expanding the reading experience–of making it a special, social, connected experience even when the kids we love are not in our laps. Parents, grandparents and read-aloud buddies of all flavors, will want to take a look at Kindoma. Available for iPhone and iPad, the free app allows two users to […]

AP Archive now free and on YouTube!

This week the Associated Press, the world’s largest and oldest news agency, announced that its entire Archive is viewable on YouTube, and that it will be adding new material every day.  This is an INCREDIBLE treasure for educators who teach history, culture, science, current events, global studies, media literacy–pretty much anything.  I can easily imagine […]

What is your reading personality? Which reading super-hero are you?

How do you find just the right book to recommend for a kid?  It’s trickier than discovering that they like mysteries or even a very specific type of science fiction. What makes a certain book a yes for one kid reader and a clear no for another? The question deeply troubled former independent children’s bookseller […]

How do you say Tomie dePaola?

Is it de …paw-la? …paa-oo-laa?  …pow-la? I’ve said it so many times, but I have never really been sure.  Have you? When you’re chatting with kiddos, or recommending a book to a parent or a teacher, or beginning an author study, how often have you wondered if you are truly pronouncing that author’s name correctly? […]

JSTOR teaching resources (with way more Understanding Shakespeare!)

Back in November I wrote about JSTOR becoming even more librarian- and classroom-friendly.  This morning JSTOR significantly beefed up its bardiness. Understanding Shakespeare, the collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library increased its coverage from six to 38 plays. This research tool facilitates discovery of scholarship. It allows students, teachers and scholars […]

Camp Google

There’s a new (free) camp in town.  No bus necessary.  Camp Google is designed to engage kids ages seven through ten in creative science activities. Each week students explore provocative questions and themes with experts across the globe, courtesy of such impressive partners as: Khan Academy National Geographic Kids NASA National Park Service This week is […]

Trio for mobile media curation

The folks who brought us the digital storytelling tool, Meograph, offer up a new app designed to facilitate mobile storytelling across platforms. Launched in March and available free for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Trio allows users to mash up or curate third party assets with their own digital content, captions and comments to create […]

Pam Moran on transformed school libraries

Once I believed that libraries were places where people went for books and reference materials. Now I believe that libraries are learning opportunities that promote pathways for people to “search, connect, communicate and make.” Please do not miss superintendent Pam Moran’s post today about the possibilities of 21st c school libraries. Please share her vision […]

FluentU for authentic language learning

In an increasingly flattened world, the need to develop fluency in more than one language becomes increasingly critical for collaboration and participation. I recently discovered the FluentU website, as well as the recently launched FluentU iPhone app, for language learning on the go. Language learning has long been a back-burner kinda goal for me, but […]

Lynda.com’s free offerings

I’ll admit it wasn’t on my K12 radar, but at the university one of the most popular resources for teaching and learning and catching up is Lynda.com.  Designed to address the training needs of industry, government and education, the service offers professionally produced video with curricula and assessment. While the full curricular/training content for K12 […]

Dear ISTE (reprised)

This past week in Philadelphia I participated in a meeting that launched the year-long process of refreshing ISTE’s Standards for Students. The organization acknowledges the accelerated pace of change and is entering the process of seeing what works, what is still relevant, what is obsolete, what is still missing since the last refresh in 2007. […]