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July 29, 2014

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#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 [...]

Newsela Free Summer Reading Challenge

For those many kids who choose not to read books, for those kids who are news junkies, for those kids who choose to focus on nonfiction, for those kids who read everything anyway, and for those kids who are motivated by regular, tangible rewards, Newsela’s Free Summer Reading Challenge may be just the thing to [...]

Summer Badges and More from the Smithsonian

Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian

Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer? The Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program can motivate kids to explore and learn wherever they are this summer, while earning recognition for their achievements.

On the Horizon for K12 (and for libraries!)

On the Horizon for K12 (and for libraries!)

As we close one year and begin to think about what’s on the horizon for 2014/15, consider a peek at the recently released draft of the NMC Horizon Report 2014 for K-12 education. This sixth edition of the annual, internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC [...]

Happy 75th to the Library Bill of Rights!

Happy 75th to the Library Bill of Rights!

Something to celebrate for all who value intellectual freedom.  ALA’s OIF urges us to share!  (Sorry to be a day belated.) Today we are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the [...]

Before you renovate: check out Anne Weaver’s Potter Library renovation journey

Before you renovate: check out Anne Weaver’s Potter Library renovation journey

Among the inspiring sessions I attended at EduTECH, was Anne Weaver’s session on Designing the Contemporary Library. I had the opportunity to visit the Potter Library, attend a staff meeting, and watch the action on Destination Day. (Students and staff dressed in outfits representing where they’d most like to be, and so Anne greeted me [...]

Adobe Voice: Elegant, easy(!) storytelling

Adobe Voice: Elegant, easy(!) storytelling

Okay, this may be the easiest way yet to tell a professional looking story on your iPad.  I can see this app used with kiddos of nearly any age. I can see it becoming a classroom staple. (Especially when it moves to multiple platforms.) Adobe Voice is a new, free app that allows you to: [...]

Popping the shelves at Brisbane Grammar (and David’s templates)

Popping the shelves at Brisbane Boys Grammar (and David’s templates)

Pretty much everything I saw during my visit to the libraries at Brisbane Grammar was impressive, especially the passion and creativity of the teacher librarians, led by Director of Information Services, Cathy Oxley. But in this post I want to share one very simple element– how they’ve made the book collection pop on/off their traditional [...]

Mt. Alvernia: the journey to iCentre

Mt. Alvernia: the journey to iCentre

I am nearing the end of my visit to Australia where I was honored to speak and offer a MasterClass at EduTECH 2014.  Among the nine strands offered was the K12 Library Managers Congress where I met and reconnected with movers and shakers who are rethinking library, engaging learners, and inspiring each other.  I hope [...]

Microsoft demoes Skype Translator

Microsoft demoes Skype Translator

Imagine in the very near future, technology allowing  humans to bridge geographic and language boundaries to connect mind to mind and heart to heart in ways never before possible.  Gurdeep Pall This blew my mind.  Please watch this video and consider the possibilities. Earlier this week, at the the Re/Code Conference, Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft Vice President of Skype and [...]