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On QR codes in the library and in our school newspaper

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They’re popping up all over the place–in my magazines, on store fronts, on business cards.  And I’ve been thinking about how we too might harness the power of QR codes to disseminate information, enhance resources, and promote activities in the library and around the school. I have lots of plans–I am thinking of embedding codes [...]

Scholastic’s Reading Bill of Rights (and other inspirational stuff)

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Need some inspiration?  Looking for a powerful partner to help promote reading in your community?  Take a look at Scholastic’s new Reading Bill of Rights.   It’s now on the bulletin board outside our front door. Part of Scholastic’s Global Literacy Campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life, the brilliant, cornerstone Reading Bill of Rights [...]

Remixing great words with new power

For quite some time I’ve been thinking about the power of remixing to inspire new understandings of great speeches and documents, of giving learners opportunities for creatively reinterpreting great works and ideas in modern contexts. Our Hamlet Remixed (VoiceThread) project was highly successful.  But this morning I was completely blown away by Adam Gault’s remix [...]

Personal reflections on SLJSummit10

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I returned home from the SLJ Summit late last night.  I had a great time in Chicago.  And it would be easy to simply return with fond memories of time spent with old and new friends.  The two days were packed with learning experiences and fun. I am still working through that learning and I [...]

SortFix for searching and thinking about search

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Via Richard Byrne’s lovely presentation Best of the EdTech Web 2010, I discovered Sort Fix.  It works as a search tool, a brainstorming tool, and a teaching tool. Sort Fix graphically facilitates search and demonstrates thinking about search refinement.  A behind-the- scenes algorithm scans results to identify and present significant keywords.  Searchers can grab (or [...]

DocsTeach rocks primary sources!

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I discovered National Archives Experience’s DocsTeach today, thanks to eSchoolNews. My teachers are going to flip.  And so will my APUSH gang. Searchable by time period, historical thinking skill, and tool, this new portal helps teachers find, use, and create instruction using more than 3,000 primary sources. I love the open-ended approach to instruction and [...]

eCatalog central redux?

Back in July 2009, I was fretting about volume of paper catalogs that arrived in our library, lamenting the waste and limited space issues, and brainstorming about a solution in a post-ALA post.  I was dreaming of an online resource, a catalog central, that would be there when I needed it, always up to date, [...]

R & J remixed and enriched!

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A thousand times good day! I discovered Interactive Folio: Romeo and Juliet from my Diigo in Education group this week and I am in love. This may be one potion to cure the star-crossed relationship some of my students experience with the Bard.  I want to take all my Shakespeare with a pinch of Canadian [...]

New from Creative Commons: Public Domain Mark

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This week Creative Commons launched a new tool designed to improve public discovery of and access to content in the public domain.  The new Public Domain Mark allows users to publicly identify and mark works they determine to be free of copyright restrictions. Imagine it.  Someday it could be far more easy to determine whether [...]

on research shifts

Yesterday, once again, it was time for our 12th grade honors Global Studies classes to engage themselves as stakeholders in our ever-morphing Middle East Peace Summit simulation. We updated our lesson and the resource page and watched the classes as they attacked understanding of their roles. But this year it looked different. Instead of focusing [...]