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March 3, 2015

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Seesaw, the Learning Journal

Seesaw, the Learning Journal

Looking for an easy way to capture and manage student work and to encourage learners to reflect on their learning? I think it’s here. The developers of the very popular Shadow PuppetEdu recently released Seesaw, a free iPad/iPhone app that facilitates portfolio building.  Designed for independent use by students ages 5 and up, Seesaw allows […]

You and media literacy: What’s the story?

You and media literacy: What’s the story?

Hi friends, I’ve been asked to work on an article for the Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM).  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to gain visibility with colleagues who are share our professional interests in ensuring children grow up able to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. Sure, […]

Three tools for “in-text” video analysis and why it matters

Three tools for “in-text” video analysis and why it matters

For many of us, the go-to platform for learning and sharing is video.  Our students increasingly consult YouTube to get up to speed on any topic.  We learn from TED Talks, the Khan Academy, as well as the growing number of videos we ourselves create for flipped. blended and hybrid instruction. Though film media prevails […]

Twitter adds group chat and a mobile video cam

Twitter adds group chat and a mobile video cam

No secret:  I rely heavily on Twitter for keeping up with professional news and for messaging and for sharing discoveries. So, I was very happy to discover that Twitter’s Direct Message feature recently expanded to include group messaging. This enables the tweeter to easily set up groups and to privately message with up to 20 […]

Return of the 90-Second Newbery

Return of the 90-Second Newbery

Charlotte’s Web – HORROR STYLE from James Kennedy on Vimeo. The 4th annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival may coming to a city near you.  You may want to get tickets and join the fun live at free, gala screening event. James Kennedy, its charming organizer, master of ceremonies, and author of  The Order of Odd-Fish, […]

In case you missed the hoopla live . . .

In case you missed the hoopla live . . .

I’ve got a lot of reading to do!  Though I read a lot this year, each year at the beginning of each February I start fresh with a checklist of the great titles I missed. Of course, this was a big week for kids’ books and media.   If you somehow missed ALA’s Youth Media […]

Check out DKfindout!

Check out DKfindout!

Greetings from ALA Midwinter where Dorling Kindersley launched a beta version of DKfindout!, a new interactive site that makes the publisher’s already highly exciting visual content even more exciting! Designed for children ages seven through eleven (but truly fun for all!), the content spans science, math, English, history, geography, the human body and more with […]

Free PD for TLs (an infographic)

Free PD for TLs (an infographic)

There’s a whole lot of learning going on out there, but I’ve learned that it’s not all that easy to find. For the last few years I’ve tried to keep up with it myself and help my students and colleagues keep up as well.  I decided it was time to pull it all together. Here’s […]

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

I love SLJ ,of course. I am also a huge fan of AASL’s bimonthly journal, Knowledge Quest. It grows more relevant and inspirational with every issue. I keep a sticky-noted stack of them on my desk. Just yesterday, AASL announced the launch of Knowledge Quest‘s companion website, focused on integrating theory and practice. And it […]

The Super Bowl and the Oscars as text

The Super Bowl and the Oscars as text

Frank Baker and I chat around the same time each year. And when we do, the journalist, media literacy expert and author of Mastering Media Literacy, reminds us all of the importance of offering learners the opportunity to thoughtfully examine the prevalent texts of our culture. In the coming weeks, two global events present learning […]

Free civil rights programs using presidential primary sources

Free civil rights programs using presidential primary sources

Now through March, the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), a partnership involving the National Park Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums and other cultural and historic organizations, and the Internet2 community, offer an exciting series of free programs for students. Designed for grades 6 through 12, the programs created by ten historic sites and libraries, […]

Easy screencasting your iPad and iPhone (on the Mac side)

Easy screencasting your iPad and iPhone (on the Mac side)

I learned a little trick for creating screencast videos from my iPad and I thought it might be useful for many of you who have a regular need to demo apps. If, like me, you are working on a Mac, you probably already know how powerful your QuickTime Player is for making impromtu videos or […]

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new?  There’s an array […]

Databases: making the case

Brenda Boyer and I are getting ready for our edWeb webinar on use of subscription databases.  In preparation, we created an infographic you may find useful in promoting databases with teachers and students. Please feel free to use and embed it if you find it helpful. Top reasons to use databases from Joyce Valenza During […]

Crumbling the message

Crumbling the message

Okay, I am not sure this activity packs any learning punch, but it’s kinda fun making and sending little Crumbles videos. Simply type words or sentences into the Crumbles text box and they are converted into videos composed of one-word clips from movies and television.  In addition to standard dictionary of videos that appear to […]

Celebrating 20 years of booktalk sharing with Nancy

Celebrating 20 years of booktalk sharing with Nancy

Booktalks are an art form. They are low-key, personal commercials that encourage children (and other potential readers) to connect with books. They are teasers, designed to sell a book. After a powerful grabber, they might include simple summaries, dramatic readings, a presentation in the voice of a character, a sharing of a dramatic moment. They […]

On searching your drive

Lately, finding stuff in my Drive has been a lot like finding stuff in my closets. Sure, I’ve created lots of folders to help me.  But the problem now is that I have lots of folders. I’ve starred lots of documents too.  But the problem is that I’ve starred lots of documents. Sadly, my closets […]

Surveying the silver and gold

Surveying the silver and gold

In my last post, Find new apps, but keep the old . . ., I listed a few portals and lists I regularly visit to discover new apps and to search for tried and true tools to accomplish learning goals and tasks.  I see making these discoveries, old and new, as a new form of […]

Find new apps and sites, but keep the old . . .

Find new apps and sites, but keep the old . . .

Find new apps, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. As the holiday shopping season draws to a close, the classroom teachers and teacher librarians I know will continue to shop. We’re looking for a few perfect apps to introduce to learners. We don’t want to waste time opening pretty packages […]

My top 10 tech trends (expanded with infographic)

My top 10 tech trends (expanded with infographic)

Here’s an expanded version of my annual Top 10 Tech Trends, along with my infographic summary. Announced in July, the American Association of School Libraries (AASL)’s new mission statement says it clearly:. The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning. And the trends we see this year emphasize significant opportunities […]