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Our very sad state database update

Yesterday we got the news regarding what will remain in our state database system after the cuts take effect on January 31st.  I share this with you in the hope it might help other states in similar circumstances. The Office of Commonwealth Libraries announced that POWER Library 2010 will consist of the following General Periodical [...]

SweetSearch Biographies launches

SweetSearch just launched a biography product and it looks especially sweet in these tight database times.  SweetSearch Biographies currently lists more than 1,000 people and allows searchers to filter by nationality, gender, and profession. Very nice for teachers looking for lists of individuals to explore for projects or for students exploring their own specific interests.  [...]

I will miss EBSCO (and so will our learners)

It is a sad day in Pennsylvania. I just received this email from EBSCO: Dear Librarians and Information Specialists,   EBSCO would like to thank POWERLibrary for over 10 years of partnership.  Unfortunately, we have been notified that EBSCOhost databases and content will no longer be provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While POWERLibrary’s EBSCOhost [...]

More Shmoopiness, now for teachers

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WallWisher for data collection, backchanneling and more

I’ve been a fan of WallWisher since I viewed Kelly Hines’ Little Kids, Big Possibilities presentation for K12Online.  The super-simple, web-based app allows for a sticky note backchannel that can be sorted and organized and embedded.  Yesterday we decided to use it for a content analysis activity.  In a primary source activity, our US History [...]

Science behind the Olympic Winter Games and other NBCLearn Videoss

NBC will broadcast the Vancouver winter games from February 12th through the 28th.  And Science of the Olympic Winter Games, the product of a collaboration between NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation, is a timely and engaging gift to science teachers. Narrated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt, the 16-part, free video series examines [...]

TL Virtual Cafe: Launching our monthy get-togethers

Yippee!  We are about to launch our monthly online get-togethers.  Try to save the first Monday of each month for live, web-based chat. For starters, join us Monday, February 1, at 8 PM Eastern for the first of our TL Virtual Cafe events. Our first chat, What is in a Name will be hosted by [...]

California’s proactivity: Best Sellers

I recently discovered CSLA’s recharged Best Sellers campaign.  v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Despite its [...]

140 University

Jane Harthttp://www.c4lpt.co.uk/140university/ Launched 18 January 2010 Extend your education via Twitter or Facebook Twitter and Facebook are great places to discover and share new things.  140 University provides you with classes in the form of knowledge nuggets and related links to web pages, videos,  etc – in less than 140 characters.  Explore the classes that [...]

OpenMagazineCustomSearch: a survival strategy

In my last post, I discussed EBSCO’s announcement of its newly exclusive content, and my budget concerns, and the strange fact that most of these magazines currently provide their content for free, and the fact that we can now create our own search engines using Google Custom search.  Here is the result of my first-try [...]