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History for Music Lovers on YouTube

An article in the Washington Post yesterday turned me on to an amazing creative effort developed by a couple of teachers in Hawaii. History for Music Lovers on YouTube is song parody and remix at its most useful.  And you are going to want to share it with your history, and many of your other […]

Frank Baker updates his media lit resources

AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner are largely about information and media literacies. What we are about is helping learners understand and create with information and media as they: Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge Share knowledge and participate ethically  […]

Gwyneth’s At-A-Glance Comic Tutorials Rock!!!

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For newbies: Just Heart the (#) Hashtag!

Looking back at the past year, when I consider my favorite source for leads for professional learning and growth, Twitter has clearly been my first alert system.  It’s the place I go to when I need to take the pulse of what’s going on in the intersection of worlds I belong to. Judging from the […]

Mapping America: a NYT and Census Mashup!

Holy infographics! As someone who remembers messing around with those huge Statistical Abstracts volumes and later the PDFs available by our Census Bureau, I am blown away with the easy data display possibilities presented by the New York Times’ research tool, Mapping America! Students and teachers can now access and manipulate local Census data, based […]

Qwiki, a new type of multimedia reference engine

Recently, I got an invitation to the alpha release of Qwiki.  This multimedia search tool is a bit different from the others. Here’s a Qwiki profile of John Lennon: Qwiki – John Lennon from Cédric Bellenger on Vimeo. The searcher’s query is answered with an interactive Web collage of relevant images, video, a text essay, […]

My year on the web and off

Around this time of year, it is customary for bloggers to look back at their blogs and come up with a list of highlights. Here’s a recap of low points and highlights and favorite discoveries. In January, I lamented the disappearance of the majority of the databases in our state suite and celebrated the launch […]

Celebrating Castilleja and on library websites

Castilleja School Library won the 2010 Edublog award last week in the category of best librarian/library blog. I felt awful that I’d never before seen this exemplary blog, a blog that really is the library’s website.  (And by the way, don’t miss the also fabulous runners-up: Bright Ideas (yeah, Judith and the Victoria librarians!) and […]

Google launches Body Browser

On Thursday, Google previewed Google Body Browser, offering what PC Magazine calls  a “Google Earth-like experience for the human body.”  Now available in Google Labs, the kinda magical 3-D, layered, interactive, high resolution experience allows users to zoom, pan, rotate, the human body, and to visualize its organs, systems, bones, and muscles.  And its searchable!  […]

NARA gets more social

I am both a primary source junkie and a social networking junkie and I’m loving the new look at NARA. A NARA blog post from 12/13 explains: You may have noticed that things look a little different on our website today. That’s because the National Archives just received a digital makeover, streamlining our look and […]