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I declare September, Avatar Month (or who are you?)

If I had the power, I’d declare September Avatar Month. As we break the classroom ice and get to know each other over the coming month, can you think of a better time for avatar building? I was inspired by a recent blog post from Philly Teacher (mshertz) who shared her list of Free Kid-Friendly [...]

I declare September, Avatar Month (or who are you?)

If I had the power, I’d declare September Avatar Month. As we break the classroom ice and get to know each other over the coming month, can you think of a better time for avatar building? I was inspired by a recent blog post from Philly Teacher (mshertz) who shared her list of Free Kid-Friendly [...]

Animoto’s big news! Video and new music

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Animoto, the storytelling tool that allows us to easily produce professional looking music videos.  Just in case you missed this week’s big Animoto news, tada! . . . Our music videos can be even more videoish.  Now, in addition to text, images, and music, we can [...]

Animoto’s big news! Video and new music

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Animoto, the storytelling tool that allows us to easily produce professional looking music videos.  Just in case you missed this week’s big Animoto news, tada! . . . Our music videos can be even more videoish.  Now, in addition to text, images, and music, we can [...]

There are holes in the buckets–and what the heck am I holding?

One of my big pet peeves has to do with teachers and teacher-librarians who assign research requiring students to find sources in buckets that no longer hold water. No more than three Internet sources.  You must use three books from the library shelves.  These particular buckets are no longer solid or meaningful.  They all have [...]

There are holes in the buckets–and what the heck am I holding?

One of my big pet peeves has to do with teachers and teacher-librarians who assign research requiring students to find sources in buckets that no longer hold water. No more than three Internet sources.  You must use three books from the library shelves.  These particular buckets are no longer solid or meaningful.  They all have [...]

Texting While Driving: The tough message PSA

I saw it this morning on the Today Show and I cannot get it off my mind.  The haunting and graphic (and now viral) public service announcement, produced by a small Welsh police department, shows teenager Cassie texting while driving, responsible for the deaths of at least four others. Yes, it’s hard to watch, but [...]

Texting While Driving: The tough message PSA

I saw it this morning on the Today Show and I cannot get it off my mind.  The haunting and graphic (and now viral) public service announcement, produced by a small Welsh police department, shows teenager Cassie texting while driving, responsible for the deaths of at least four others. Yes, it’s hard to watch, but [...]

Shifting into 7th: MLA Style

I successfully delayed the work since March, but with a new school year approaching, I had no choice but to update our style guide to reflect the MLA 7th edition updates and avoid confusing students and faculty with any mid-year changes. (You may remember my earlier posts on the matter: MLA Handbook Arrived and You [...]

Shifting into 7th: MLA Style

I successfully delayed the work since March, but with a new school year approaching, I had no choice but to update our style guide to reflect the MLA 7th edition updates and avoid confusing students and faculty with any mid-year changes. (You may remember my earlier posts on the matter: MLA Handbook Arrived and You [...]