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What librarians make. A response to Dr. Bernstein and an homage to Taylor Mali

In his Newsday article last week, Dr. Marc Bernstein, Superintendent for the Valley Stream (NY) Central High School District, suggested Steps to Take Now for our Schools; What Cuomo Can Do to make NYS Education More Efficient and Effective. Among the several steps Dr. Bernstein suggested Governor Cuomo take in this Internet age is, eliminating [...]

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

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True confession. When it comes to cars and technology, I readily admit that I love being an end-user. I am not all that fond of trying to understand what goes on under the hood.  But if I am going to be an effective integrator, and if I am going to explain stuff to others, sometimes [...]

Glogster now presents

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I use Glogster daily.  As a interactive poster/presentation/research tool for my students.  As a tool for creating web-based interfaces professionally.  And I just gathered my Glogster search posters together as a presentation. Teachers who are serious Glogsters can now take a next step in sharing, archiving, and organizing their students’–or their own– work. A recent [...]

Building Digital Citizens @MICDS and beyond

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Some stuff just seems harder to teach.  Some standards seem harder to own. Digital citizenship is a critical element of ISTE’s NETS (standards for students).  It is woven throughout AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Everyday I live, model, and teach citizenship.  But, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t been able to figure out [...]

Edublogs Awards 2010

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Nominations are now open for the 7th annual 2010 Edublogs Awards. Think of this event as an opportunity to celebrate your favorite blogs, but more importantly, as an opportunity to discover and explore outstanding blogs  and also tweeters and podcasters and wiki owners and hosts of online communities and media producers you have never heard [...]

Very Kind Kindle support from Buffy! (and on further celebrating our network)

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I love you, Buffy J. Hamilton!  And I love our network! Earlier this fall I worked with the Special Ed Department on a Kindle roll-out, a project we’ve set up as a formal research project to explore the effect of ereaders on reading motivation.  But when we unpacked our own first library Kindles yesterday, a [...]

Young Adult Author Wordle and the beautiful purple cart

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Nora and I were thinking of a way to highlight young adult authors (and a way to use our beautiful purple book cart).  Our student readers kept asking for the same favorite names over and over again and we wanted to introduce them to a few new authors.  (John Green simply cannot write as fast [...]

SIGMS Launches 1 Tool at a Time (and a Loerscher SL webinar)!

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Hooray!  SIGMS (our own lovely ISTE special interest group) just announced powerful opportunities for learning and retooling.  This month you can meet with one of my mentors (and likely one of yours too), David Loertscher.  And you can join in on the exciting, new 1 Tool at a Time series!  This first event will cover [...]

Apps for student teacher librarians

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About a year ago around this time I began thinking of the apps I really wanted to load (metaphorically) on my students’ screens. This semester, I am very blessed to have a brilliant student teacher with me!  Nora has also been with us as a parent volunteer.  Like all my other student teachers, Nora arrived [...]

Congressional Timeline: New from the Dirkson Congressional Center

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The Dirksen Congressional Center just launched Congressional Timeline 1.0, making easily available in an attractive, visual format: Major laws — more than 200 examples — passed by Congress from 1933 to the present The partisan composition of each Congress, along with the presidential administration and the congressional leaders The session dates of each Congress Measures [...]