October 13, 2015

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PopBoardz: a media dashboard for instruction and presentation

So, what would happen if Pinterest and Symbaloo and Blendspace had a baby?  Well, it might look a little like PopBoardz, one of my new favorite options for personal curation and presentation. PopBoardz allows you to organize the content you need and easily present from your iPad, iPhone or Mac desktop.  For educators, it can […]

How to host a hackathon (on the #sljhackathon breakfast)

I’ve been to nearly all of them, but for me, this year’s 11th Annual SLJ Leadership Summit may have been the best ever.  The speakers were inspiring. The crowd buzzed with energy. The panels were engaging and interactive.  The mix of practitioners included a wide range of ages. A youth presence was obvious! When SLJ […]

Mark your calendars! #TLDay15 is just round the corner

Once again, the Rutgers University Master of Information Program and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) sponsor a day celebrating our profession!  Join us on Monday, October 19th 2015 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT /1:00 PM  – 6:00 PM PDT for Teacher Librarian Day A Library 2.015 pre-conference, this open, online, […]

Media/news literacy resources to good to miss!

If you read this blog at all, you know I am a fan of Katherine Schulten’s posts for the New York Times Learning Network. This morning she outdid herself with a round-up of resources entitled: Skills and Strategies|Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources, in honor of News Engagement Day, coming up […]

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015

Each year Jane Hart does some serious crowd-sourcing.  Earlier this week, she released her 9th annual Top 100 Tools for Learning.  Each year Jane’s list becomes a little checklist for me, actually a kind of shopping list.  I enjoy watching the trends and seeing what’s hot. To create the list, Jane surveyed more than 2,000 […]

Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program takes the road!

The Google Expeditions Pioneer Program launched today. In an email update this morning, the team shared: Expeditions is hitting the road! Expeditions teams will visit selected schools around the world, starting with The United States, Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and Brazil. Each team will bring a complete Expeditions kit with everything the teachers […]

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Helping Michelle crowd source this great BBW resource

It’s Banned Books Week.  Michelle Luhtala shares a crowd-sourced project that will help us promote censorship awareness as we pool our efforts to create a project with far and lasting reach. Michelle proposes that we work together and contribute to a Challenged Books Slide Show. She explain explains the back story: This project began when […]

Are we there yet?

I was asked to keynote for #njpaetec2 this past weekend. It’s not so unusual for me to speak at a local conference.  But conference organizer Barry Saide did not want me to talk about libraries or inquiry or social media curation or app smashing or the importance of online communities of practice. He wanted me […]

New from the National Constitution Center: an Interactive Constitution

It’s Constitution Day and the National Constitution Center just launched an Interactive Constitution, perfect for high school and university study. The podcast announcement, hosted by Jeffrey Rosen, the Center’s president and CEO,  celebrates the launch and offers detailed project background on the project. The three-year project, currently covers the first 15 Amendments and invites students […]

It’s blocked: Join us for a discussion about filters tomorrow

I am excited about tomorrow’s Emerging Tech webinar hosted by Michelle Luhtala and featuring Doug Johnson.  Please consider joining us in this interactive conversation. Here are the details: Wednesday, Sep. 16 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time It’s Blocked! How Internet Filters Impact K-12 Learning Presented by Doug Johnson, blogger and author; Dr. Joyce Valenza, Director of […]

Better World Education: a curriculum for leading kids to lead global change

Better World Education is an online learning space designed to engage learners and coordinate teachers in leading positive change in the world.  It’s a globally adaptable academic curriculum for global good. Built by reweave, a US-registered nonprofit, the attractive format and curriculum focuses on social, emotional and academic learning goals using three key layers: Empathy […]

Free school library advocacy packs from Bound to Stay Bound

ALA is offering free school library advocacy packs.Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), the packs contain tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning. They include 25 copies of a limited print edition of the digital magazine supplement AASL produced in collaboration with American Libraries, as […]

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day is coming up on September 30th.  Many thanks to the AASL Banned Websites Awareness Committee for this important guest post.  Please spread the word as well as these critical IF resources with your school communities. It’s happened to all of us– we’re at school trying to access the perfect website […]

Global Collaboration Day

My guess is that opening your library, and your school culture, to global opportunities is already high on your to-do list for 2015/16.  Here are a couple of ways to get started now, no matter where in the world you work. I the share news of two major free events from organizers Lucy Gray and […]

Google introduces Voice Typing for Docs (and it transcribes too!)

Hooray! I rely heavy on voice typing for messaging and searching on my phone.  I type pretty darn fast, but I talk and think way faster than I type and I just lose ideas before they make the page. Along with several other enhancements (a See New Changes feature and research tools that I will […]

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 […]