May 25, 2017

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Check123 Video Encyclopedia

Sometimes you just need a little video to act as a hook, to activate prior learning, to get kiddos up to speed, to engage. You search the usual video platforms and sift through lists of noisy results. Check123 Video Encyclopedia is a promising solution. The social video platform curates more than 20,000 from all over […]

360 Video Spotlight: National Geographic and The New York Times

Today, I came face to face with an elephant, accompanied Iraqi forces as they fought to retake Falluja, and I rode along with police officers in Flint, and I tended bar for Don Cheadle. Storytelling is evolving and thrilling and sometimes dizzying. National Geographic has been growing a very cool YouTube playlist of 360° Videos.  […]

Cool new Google Slides video functionality!

You’ll want to share these tips with both teachers and students.  Google Slides recently added some new functionality for working with video.  Slides has become my go-to presentation platform for the easy ability to collaborate and build with others and for its portability. If, like me, you regularly use Slides as a platform for presenting, […]

MySimpleShow for explaining (and my first story)

Looking for a simple (and free) explainer video creator?  One of my recent discoveries is MySimpleShow. Write a script or upload a little PowerPoint (up to 20 slides) and tell your story cut-out, explainer style. This is an effective tool for writing across the curriculum as well as creating instruction. MySimpleShow offers writers a range […]

Announcing Flipgrid One (free and fabulous)

Today, one of my favorite communication/creativity platforms shared some major enhancements and a commitment to equity. I have been a devoted fan of Flipgrid since the beginning. For me it’s one of those wifi desert island web tools. Created by LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, Flipgrid is a simple and elegant video-based discussion platform […]

Libraries Ready to Code!

The library is a great place to introduce the ready to code concept because we’re public, we’re free, we’re easily accessible. After School Services Manager (Queens, New York) It’s really not just coding. It is a way of thinking and perceiving and problem-solving. Teacher Librarian (Norman, Oklahoma) When I’m coding… I really feel like I […]

UniversityVideos.org: search, transcripts, and automatic clipping!

I make so many discoveries through my grad students’ Weekly Search News presentations. This week, Emma shared Universityvideos.org. The new free video library, created by the MicroSearch Corporation curates academic videos and the metadata from a vast array of Univerisity YouTube channels, as well as TED and TEDx talks, scientific and cultural institutions like NASA […]

Favorite Portals for Pedagogical Planning (and a new curation tool)

In prepping for my on-campus course this semester I felt the need to freshen up my face-to-face discussion strategies. Digging around, I discovered some fabulous pedagogical portals well worth visiting for educators, both newbie and veteran.  Take a look if you and your partner teachers seek a little inspiration for engaging learners in meaningful conversations […]

Migrating from G+ Hangouts on Air to YouTube Live (Thanks, Nikki!)

I was in a serious panic a few nights back when I discovered my go-to strategy for meeting and sharing with my classes and hosting and archiving guest visits was kind of (but not really) going away. Hangouts on Air was so, so easy to use. So when the news that Hangouts On Air was […]

Web Stories and Social Graphics Made Easy with Adobe Spark | SLJ Review

Looking to help students craft digital stories? Or spice up library promotional materials? Adobe’s free Spark suite can serve a variety of creation needs, from explainer videos and student narratives to social memes.

PBS KIDS Video App

Chock full of quality children’s programs, the newly updated PBS KIDS Video App is an absolute no-brainer download for families, and for preschool and primary classrooms and libraries. The app is free, easy to navigate and available for both iOS (iPads & iPhones) and Android. The attractive, kid-friendly interface offers immediate access to such series […]

Global Oneness Project: free, interdisciplinary instruction and engagement

If you are seeking to inspire global awareness, critical thinking and student engagement, share the Global Oneness Project with your secondary classroom teacher partners. The Global Oneness Project offers an award-winning, interdisciplinary collection of films, photo essays, and articles exploring cultural, social, and environmental issues. All resources are free and are accompanied by rich standards-aligned lesson plans that […]

CDW-G Launches Collaboration Nation

CDW-G’s second annual Collaboration Nation video contest kicks off February 1, offering cash and product prizes to K–12 schools.

American Archive: A new online “reading room” of historical public media

To honor the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)–a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress-today announced the launch of its Online Reading Room.  The collection preserves significant historical public media content and makes it discoverable and searchable.  More than 100 public media organizations share content from […]

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 […]

Kindoma: a shared reading experience

I love the idea of expanding the reading experience–of making it a special, social, connected experience even when the kids we love are not in our laps. Parents, grandparents and read-aloud buddies of all flavors, will want to take a look at Kindoma. Available for iPhone and iPad, the free app allows two users to […]

FluentU for authentic language learning

In an increasingly flattened world, the need to develop fluency in more than one language becomes increasingly critical for collaboration and participation. I recently discovered the FluentU website, as well as the recently launched FluentU iPhone app, for language learning on the go. Language learning has long been a back-burner kinda goal for me, but […]

Lynda.com’s free offerings

I’ll admit it wasn’t on my K12 radar, but at the university one of the most popular resources for teaching and learning and catching up is Lynda.com.  Designed to address the training needs of industry, government and education, the service offers professionally produced video with curricula and assessment. While the full curricular/training content for K12 […]

Give me some credit, please! (Exploring plagiarism through a series of clever case studies by Jen)

I am usually pretty darn proud of my MLIS students’ work.  In going through my grad students’ final workshop presentations this semester, I found one just too useful not to share.  So I asked for permission. Jennifer Bigioni is now the School Library Media Specialist at Princeton (NJ) High School. Designed as a professional development […]

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

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