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Pointing to effective practice, join the wiki!

What does an effective school library look like?  What does it look like online?  One of the big issues in our field is that we do not have a clear way to point to effective practice. What does our best stuff look like?  Considering our relatively new ability to share so much of our programs [...]

Keep an eye on WatchKnow (YouTube meets Wikipedia?)

Keep an eye on this project led by Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger who describes the portal as “YouTube meets Wikipedia."  Launched in October after a year-long development period, WatchKnow is a wiki-style portal that gathers and organizes educational videos for students ages 3 to 18.  An age filter slider allows you to easily focus your [...]

EduBlog Awards 2009 (Get the word out, vote!)

Get the word out.  It’s time to nominate your favorite blog of the year for the 6th annual Edublog Awards: Celebrating the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology. If you are reading this you are a reader of blogs (and possibly a [...]

Something is going on (or hooked on a feeling)

For the last couple of years I’ve been experiencing a kind of network building that I never before experienced in my more than thirty years of professional practice. It’s a kind of networking that begins outside of our state and national conferences. But it somehow becomes more obvious, and we may better recognize its importance, [...]

K12Online Conference! Be there.

It’s absolutely free.  You don’t have to travel.  And everyone is welcome to attend!  There are NO excuses.  Please join me and a gathering of so many outstanding educators from around the world at the K12Online Conference.  Here are the details: The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative [...]

Google Image Swirl

Today Google Labs launched a lovely experimental feature called Image Swirl, which builds on new computer vision research to cluster similar images into representative groups in a fun, exploratory interface.    A search on Impressionism reveals 12 large thumbnail stacks of paintings by a variety of Impressionist painters organized by their visual and semantic similarities.  [...]

New:Google Sites Templates

Google Sites debuted its templates today, making it easier than ever for anyone to create an attractive web presence.   Among the cool features: When you select a template from the new Sites template gallery, your new site will come setup with custom page layouts, links for navigating to each page, embedded gadgets, themes and [...]

Bing’s new visual search

You’re going to want to play around with Bing’s beautiful, new Visual Search.  And so will your students. A directory-type search, still in BETA, Visual Search allows you to search from images that fit into a growing variety of data groupings. It reminds me a bit of the matrix-type search offered by Google Squared. (See [...]

Great Libraries of Learning (or gr8 lol)

Our resource centres should be drivers of teacher and student learning. We cannot afford for our resource centres to be underutilised or bound in a twentieth century learning paradigm. (Great Libraries of Learning) I continue to look for ways to define our revised/refreshed/remixed vision of library to the world.  (Please, please scroll way down. I [...]

Mile Guide released