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Shmoop does econ and goes mobile

This week at ISTE, Shmoop announced a public beta test of a new area of resources for teachers and students. Shmoop Economics is a free online resource using humor, current events, pop culture references, and games to capture student interest in economics.  The curriculum includes a series of role-playing games, where students are thrown in the […]

I’ll admit it.  I am a Twitter junkie.  No surprise. Despite my lists and all my third party apps, my stream is a bear to keep on top of.  I’ve been playing with yet another third party app and I like it. organizes links shared on Twitter into an easy to read newspaper-style format. […]


Mark Moran (of FindingDulcinea, SweetSearch, and Dulcinea Media) wrote yesterdayto announce the beta launch of  a new, K8 search engine for children, SweetSearch4Me. Mark describes the new tools and urges us to share our feedback: We’re releasing SweetSearch4Me now at the end of the school year so we can solicit, receive and process feedback from school […]

On ISTE and ALA and our tribe

Over the course of the past couple of years we’ve been building a tribe. We already had organizations, lots of them.  What we need(ed) to move forward was a tribe, or several of them. Perhaps you didn’t notice it growing, but my guess is that the readers of this blog (and the readers and writers […]

Pathfinder swap?

After years of creating web-based pathfinders, it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only one out there doing this work.  As a profession, we continue to reinvent wheels when we could instead build on each others’ best work, discover new resources more quickly, and share models of effective practice. A number of us are […]

Edistorm: brainstorming and evaluating

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I am a big fan of WallWisher for backchanneling and brainstorming and planning and content analysis.  I just added Edistorm to my toolkit. I will continue to use WallWisher because it allows me to link to and include media in my stickies, but Edistorm […]

A time to reflect

Each year, I struggle with it, but when it’s done, the process and the product seem even more important to me.  Like several of my colleagues, this year I prepared a media version as well. Open publication – Free publishing It’s been a year of ups and downs for libraries all over.  For us, at […]

Office goes 2.0

If you or your students are users of Microsoft’s Office suite, you’re likely to be very interested in the new browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote now available free on Office Web Apps on SkyDrive, Microsoft’s free storage platform. The release of these free, sharable apps appears to be a response to the […]

Student strategies for getting the overdues back

Forgive me for a brief absence as I complete our annual report.  I will share that and some year-end reflections in a day or two. For now, I’d like to share what happened when I asked Emma, whose sense of humor is a little dark, to follow in the footsteps of Lewis, and create a […]

TL Café Discusses Skype an Author

Join us on Monday, June 7th at 8:00 PM Eastern for this month’s very cool TL Virtual Café event.  Dr. Mona Kerby and Sarah Chauncey will discuss their Skype an Author Network.  Gwyneth Jones will host. Mona and Sarah explain the purpose of their site: Our goal is to set up a network of authors […]