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April 24, 2014

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Booktrack for amplifying story

Booktrack for amplifying story

Booktrack is a new, free platform designed to encourage readers to immerse themselves in their readings by accompanying digital texts with movie-style soundtracks. Booktrack Classroom offers a library of public domain books to which soundtracks have already been added.  Students may opt to create their own soundtracks content they’ve authored themselves. And teachers may create [...]

FCC Takes Another Swing at Net Neutrality While Netflix Agrees To Pay for Faster Streaming

FCC Takes Another Swing at Net Neutrality While Netflix Agrees To Pay for Faster Streaming

In the wake of a January court ruling that struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) standards for ensuring that Internet traffic is delivered without bias—a standard industry watchers refer to as ‘net neutrality’—the agency has issued a new proposal outlining a new set of rules to ensure Internet users have uncensored access to the full content of the Internet. Some experts, though, don’t think these new rules will be any more enforceable than those overturned earlier this year.

ASU Students Aim To Turn Used Food Trucks Into Mobile School Libraries

ASU Students Aim To Turn Used Food Trucks Into Mobile School Libraries

Students at Arizona State University (ASU) have proposed a revamp of the traditional bookmobile, one that aims to provide school library services to schools that may not have access to those resources. The program, Bibliotrucka, recycles out-of-commission food trucks into modular moving libraries that can be customized on a day-to-day basis for students of different learning levels and cultural backgrounds.

Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS

Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS

Limitless Libraries, an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), is planning a move to a shared ILS system, and has requested funding for the transition from the office of Nashville’s mayor.

Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace

Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace

Nine-year-old Matthew is the owner of a brightly-colored prosthetic Robohand that was created in the MakerSpace of the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, KS.

TEDEd Clubs

TEDEd Clubs

Thinking about you can inspire the young people you teach to think more deeply and communicate more powerfully? Wondering how you can provide kids space and time to pursue their passions and share their voices? Interested in sponsoring a club that will truly make a difference in children’s lives?  That may encourage them to make [...]

Follow a scholar?

Follow a scholar?

Because we subscribe to ActiveHistory, we get active updates from site publisher and history teacher, Russel Tarr (@activehistory). A little while back, Russel shared his list of professional Historians on Twitter. The caused me to think about PLN building in an expanded way. As educators, many of us follow other educators, and perhaps, the journals [...]

Tackling the questions in 2014

Tackling the questions in 2014

I love Jennifer LaGarde’s idea of beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions. Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.) The lovely part about this whole social media thing is that we can attack [...]

British Library expands The Commons with Public Domain Goodness

British Library expands The Commons with Public Domain Goodness

The British Library recently uploaded one million scanned public domain images onto The Commons, the world’s largest photo archive hosted by Flickr. Taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books, and digitized by Microsoft, the first set of public domain images–Highlights from the Mechanical Curator–is available for use, remix and repurpose. The set includes: [...]

Common Craft goes to school

Common Craft goes to school

For many of us, Common Craft has been a learning fixture.  We’ve relied on those delightfully simple and brief introductions to explain complex ideas from apps to zombies. We’ve shared them in professional development sessions. We’ve used them to introduce concepts in digital citizenship.  They helped us introduce new technologies to classes. When we needed to [...]

Remixing TED with Popcorn Maker

Remixing TED with Popcorn Maker

I’ve written about how we’ve use  Mozilla Popcorn Maker to add life (pop-ups, maps, images, text, Wikipedia articles) to our German textbooks and to annotate Cold War propaganda films. This past week, we’ve explored its use in close reading of  TED talks, with an eye toward deconstructing what makes a good speaker and a good speech. [...]

Matthew and Sherry introduce GeniusCon

Let’s use our ideas and voices together to make our schools better. Let’s show the world our genius. When the Busy Librarian, Matthew Winner and TheLibraryFanatic.com, Sherry Gick shared their dream of a kid-powered GeniusCon at the AASL Unconference, I was so excited.   I asked if they’d allow me to help spread the word by posting [...]

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

What teacher doesn’t want to share their most awesome lessons?  Emily is home for Thanksgiving and I’ve never seen her this charged about her teaching before. I’ve never seen her this charged about networking before. What I discovered is that Emily’s PLN journey is very different from mine. Our conversations revealed that I haven’t questioned [...]

Google Doc Story Builder

Google Doc Story Builder

Remember Google Search Story?   Google now offers the opportunity to tell stories by animating simulated Docs with its Story Builder. Each document can host up to ten participants and ten actions that may include staged edits.   Storytellers may add a soundtrack from a library of six styles.  Because no login is required to create [...]

AASL: The unconference report

AASL Unconference

Friday night a team of teacher librarians, and a few friends, hosted AASL’s first unconference. It all started with a conversation with Susan Ballard at a CiSSL Retreat at Rutgers this summer. I wondered if AASL would consider the idea of a participant-driven unconference event. Sue said, why not? and that she’d check on it [...]

Remix-t: a new kit for remixing student projects

Remix-t: a new kit for remixing student projects

I’ve just discovered the ridiculously useful Remix-t and I cannot wait to share it with our teachers and students. Created by the Learning Technology Lab at the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame, the site presents a full-blown kit for inspiring media-rich, project-based instruction and suggestions for hours of engaging professional development. Designed for the [...]

The first ever (?) cell phone carnival!

The first ever (?) cell phone carnival!

Last week, Tammy Pirmann and our STEM 1 Class hosted, what we think, may be the first ever Cell Phone Carnival. Tammy, K12 Coordinator for Computer Science, is also our high school STEM teacher. The curriculum for her two mixed-grade classes called for a Rube Goldberg-type of machine as the students’ first project.   But [...]

TED Playlists: a librarian’s friend

TED Playlists: a librarian’s friend

In searching for great examples of presentations for our seniors, I happened upon the TED Playlists. They’re not really new, but they’re new to me. And these curated collections of TED Talks are a treasure! Some are curated by TED, others are guest curated by thought and cultural leaders like Dan Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, and Bono. [...]

Kaizena: improving voice feedback for student writing

Kaizena: improving voice feedback for student writing

Back in May I was excited to discover Voice Comments–a great tool for personally adding voice feedback to student writing or collaborative work. Recently, the app relaunched with a new interface and a bunch of impressive new features, as Kaizena.  (In Japan, Kaizen refers to a philosophy of continuous improvement.) If Google Docs is a way of life at [...]

I am a {social} librarian

I am a {social} librarian

In case you missed it when it was posted in August, here’s a cool infographic published by the folks at Elsevier, that describes the way I see my position. The original post explained: Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric [...]