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November 24, 2014

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Best Apps for Teaching and Learning needs your input

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning needs your input

I am honored and kinda thrilled to be a member of AASL’s Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee. This particular best list is now three years old and recognizes apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of [...]

Listen Current: Leveraging public radio for learning

Listen Current: Leveraging public radio for learning

If, like me, you are a victim of the paralysis of driveway moments . . . If you are a devoted public radio listener who appreciates the power of quality journalism, the engagement of nonfiction storytelling, and the drama of the real voices you hear, Listen Current is for you and your class or library.  [...]

White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

Here’s an opportunity for all of us working both formally and informally with young filmmakers. For the second year The White House invites students to share their stories. This year, the targeted topic is one students often choose on their own. It’s about agency, making a difference, giving back. Every day in classrooms and communities [...]

TLVirtual Café: You’re the Star! Add to our smackdown and preview the upcoming season

TLVirtual Café: You’re the Star! Add to our smackdown and preview the upcoming season

After nearly five years, TLVirtual Café is still going strong. You can be a star at our next event.  Please consider adding a slide to our 5th annual EduTech Open Mic Smackdown, sharing your best ideas and discoveries for teaching and learning. Then, on Monday, December 8th at 8:00 PM Eastern, be ready to take [...]

Global Education Conference: Connect this week!

Want to learn more about how to engage your school community in global literacy?  Want to connect with and learn from inspiring educators and students across the globe? This is your week, friends! The fifth annual Global Education Conference is a free, week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. Held Monday, November [...]

JSTOR is even more librarian- and classrom-friendly

JSTOR is even more librarian- and classrom-friendly

This news from JSTOR makes me want to be a high school librarian again! If like me, you work or have worked with high school students and teachers who crave a challenge or lean toward the scholarly, you’ll be interested in the new developments from our friends at JSTOR. Officially launched in September, Research Basics [...]

Does Your School Have a Teacher Librarian? A new CSLA Film and a playlist

Does Your School Have a Teacher Librarian? A new CSLA Film and a playlist

The wonderful librarians the California School Library Association just released the film, Does Your School Have a Teacher Librarian? Featuring the voices of administrators, classroom teachers, academics, and, most powerfully, learners, the 10-minute film describes libraries as active, collaborative, creative safe spaces and librarians’ connections to the individual interests and passions of kids and their value [...]

Newseum Education’s Digital Classroom

The Newseum in Washington, DC has long been one of my favorite places to take students. The interactive museum, dedicated to media and journalism, now offers a Digital Classroom and you’ll want to add it to your go-to spaces for high quality, standards-based, document-driven instruction. Focused on historical inquiry, media literacy, critical thinking, document analysis, [...]

Classic arcade games in your browser? Thanks again Internet Archive!

Classic arcade games in your browser?  Thanks again Internet Archive!

Attention boomers, devoted (and nostalgic) gamers, and students of popular culture: A new section of the Internet Archive Software Collection,  the largest vintage and historical software library in the world, providing instant access to millions of programs, CD-ROM images, documentation and multimedia. is the Internet Arcade. The coin-free Arcade, featuring more than 900 games, is [...]

On (animated) leadership, with a focus on geese, our SLJ Panel

On (animated) leadership, with a focus on geese, our SLJ Panel

“When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.” Lau Tzu We decided to switch up the panel Both Sides Now: Librarians Discuss Leadership at the SLJ Summit this week by seeking inspiration from the animal kingdom. Doug Johnson, KC Boyd, and Michelle Colte joined me in selecting animal behaviors [...]

On school library resurgence: Craig maps the trend

On school library resurgence: Craig maps the trend

Back in 2010 I posted about Shonda Brisco’s library crisis map, A Nation without School Librarians. Back in April, SLJ‘s Rebecca Miller shared her optimism about crisis reversal. In her editorial, Now Hiring: Recent Wins on School Library Positions Spark Optimism, Rebecca notes a trend toward reestablishing school library positions in such places as St. [...]

Live from the Summit

Live from the Summit

At the #sljsummit this morning, our friends at Capstone debuted their fabulous advocacy video School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian. The five-minute film, featuring the voices of administrators and peeks inside of buzzing state-of-the-art programs, is a rich explanation of the librarian’s evolving role, what school libraries do, and what they [...]

Announcing: YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

Announcing: YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

Teen Read Week just ended, but the celebration continues. Today, Willow Shields (aka Primrose Everdeen), announced YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten titles. This teen choice list engaged Teens’ Top Ten book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country in reading and voting. The selected titles will also be included on the must-have [...]

Placeit and a round-up of image mockup tools

Placeit and a round-up of image mockup tools

I love playing around with images. I use mock-ups for customized screensavers, posters, signs, presentation slides, for telling digital stories, for visual announcements on websites. I just discovered a cool little tool that will come in handy for our more techie displays. Placeit.net is an image generator that allows you to upload an image, or [...]

Anchor charts away!

Anchor charts away!

Anchor charts make learning sticky and visible. By presenting visual reminders of what is being taught, they support instruction and reinforce learning, anchoring or holding it in place. Anchor charts are most effective, and most likely to be used, when they are focused and co-created during instruction, with a class engaged in think-alouds or writing, [...]

In case you missed Connected Librarian Day & Library 2.014

In case you missed Connected Librarian Day & Library 2.014

If you missed Connected Librarian Day on Tuesday, or the super-fabulous fourth annual Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference on Wednesday and Thursday . . . or if you were there and want to relive it or catch up with any sessions you missed . . . . . . it’s archived in all its glory [...]

Glogster for iPad

Glogster for iPad

I’ve been a fan of Glogster since its beginning back in 2007.  A couple of weeks back the Glogster app launched. Built specifically for iPad and for Glogster EDU users, the interface is easy and elegant and allows for simple placement and linking of media objects on an intuitive drag-and-drop Glog canvas. Especially nice is [...]

Google Science Fair: inspiration from kid and adult scientists

Google Science Fair: inspiration from kid and adult scientists

Want to convince kids that their creativity and inventive spirit can make a difference?  I know of no better way than to share examples of that spirit demonstrated by the winners of this year’s Google Science Fair. On September 22, three young women from Ireland took the Grand Prize for their investigation of the use [...]

Hyperlapse: for telling and sharing your story a little more quickly

Hyperlapse: for telling and sharing your story a little more quickly

I’m been brainstorming all the things we might do with Instragram’s recently released (and free) Hyperlapse app. Introducing Hyperlapse from Instagram from Instagram on Vimeo. Quite simply, it makes filming time-lapse videos a simple point and shoot experience, no fancy equipment necessary.  There is virtually NO learning curve.   Instagram’s announcement shared: We designed Hyperlapse to be [...]

Crowdsourcing what’s next. Help me explore what will be big in 2015

Crowdsourcing what’s next. Help me explore what will be big in 2015

For the past several years I’ve been identifying and writing about tech trends for the coming year and considering how they will impact the work of the teacher librarian. The time has come again, but this time around I would like to crowd-source the effort.  Shannon Miller and I are pulling our own ideas together [...]