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April 19, 2015

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Adobe Slate and other new storytelling platforms

Adobe Slate and other new storytelling platforms

I’ve been in love with the elegance and free-ness of the Adobe Voice app for nearly a year now.  It’s one of the easiest strategies I’ve seen for creating effective video stories.  This week, Adobe introduced an equally elegant tool for digital publishing–for those times you want to tell a non-video story, largely based on […]

Are you building something bold?

Are you building something bold?

Are you engaged in integrating 1:1 technology? project-based learning instruction? makerspace learning? With all that making going on and all the thoughtful tech integration you share in your blogs, webinars and on your sites, my guess is that so many of you are very eligible for SLJ’s Build Something Bold award. Sponsored by LEGO® Education, […]

Smithsonian TTribune for differentiating and engaging reading (& global conversation!)

Smithsonian TTribune for differentiating and engaging reading (& global conversation!)

Looking for high quality news for all of your readers? The Smithsonian’s TTribune now offers K-12 teachers and librarians a carefully selected array of news content to meet the needs of all readers, including those who speak (or are learning) Spanish. The free content, includes text, images, audio and video–all available on any of these rich […]

YouTube introduces Cards

YouTube introduces Cards

Google recently announced the addition of Cards for YouTube. The interactive feature allows video creators to strategically point viewers to videos, merchandise, playlists, websites and more from the Video Manager.   While the feature is aimed at business, it offers features that easily translate for high school student projects, marketing school events and for supporting fundraisers. […]

Pivot and TakePart: network(ing) for social action

Pivot and TakePart: network(ing) for social action

I recently discovered Pivot, a relatively new television network devoted to presenting entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Its message to its viewers: What you watch does make a difference. Launched by Participant Media, the network and its digital sister site TakePart, target a millennial audience and conscious consumers. Though not all kids will […]

CS (Computer Science) First: for middle school libraries, and your CS program

CS (Computer Science) First: for middle school libraries, and your CS program

This looks like just the type of program a middle school librarian could love. CS, or Computer Science First is a free Google program designed to increase student exposure to computer science education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs in a club approach run by teachers and/or community volunteers. CS First works towards its goal […]

If you do school library research, please help us birth a community

If you do school library research, please help us birth a community

I am thrilled to be a member of AASL’s Community of Scholars Task Force and equally thrilled about our plans to move forward in creating a truly meaningful community. Discussed at last year’s CLASS (Causality: School Libraries and Student Success) Summit, the project is realized and described as one of three goals in the CLASS […]

LinkedIn: an underused K12 search tool?

LinkedIn: an underused K12 search tool?

For a variety of reasons, filters included, social search tools are underused in schools. We usually encourage use of our subscription databases and share effective strategies for leveraging search engines like Google, but in my experience, Twitter, Scoop.it, Pinterest and other tools also offer rich opportunities for learning, discovery, sharing and searching. While LinkedIn is […]

CyArk: digitally preserving and sharing our vulnerable heritage

CyArk: digitally preserving and sharing our vulnerable heritage

We’re losing the sites and the stories faster than we can physically preserve them.  Ben Kacyra Earthquakes and natural disasters are partly to blame.  But human factors–arson, acid rain, urban sprawl, terrorism and war–accelerate destruction of our global historic treasures. Rather than seeing this as a losing battle, Ben Kacyra, inventor of a groundbreaking 3D […]

James Patterson asks: What would your school library do with $1,000–$10,000?

James Patterson asks: What would your school library do with $1,000–$10,000?

James Patterson might just make your library a little better and your students a little happier this year. Well-known, well-loved author and literacy activist, James Patterson is donating $1.25 million to school libraries because he believes that: fewer children are growing up in a household full of books – and that the effects of this […]

On Meerkat

On Meerkat

Yesterday I wished my friends could see the beauty of my snowy backyard and I discovered the Meerkat app. It seems everyone is buzzing about the free app that allows you to connect your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch camera to Twitter and live stream or schedule the video you shoot real-time to all […]

Agility is the word: Whither G+?

Agility is the word: Whither G+?

If you teach with technology, you learn that nothing is forever. My pre-service library grad students recently expressed concern about jumping in when we have no guarantee of platform immortality.  The problem is that, if you wait, you risk not experiencing anything. Another lesson you learn is that, along with grit, agility is an essential […]

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 […]