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Live in your world. Create in ours. The back story of our ISTE Board visit

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On Friday, our High School was honored to be one of three schools to host visiting members of the ISTE Board who were in town for a meeting.  (The other schools on the tour were Science Leadership Academy and School of the Future.) We began by posing this problem to a core group of students, [...]

Wikispaces goes to college, gets even better, and stays FREE!

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At our state edtech conference last week (PETE&C), our favorite wiki guys, Adam Frey and James Byers, hinted about some exciting upcoming news. They followed up this evening with this email sharing that they are extending their most generous free wikis for education policy to our colleagues at the university. Adam writes: Starting this month, [...]

It’s about the people: Spread the words!

I discovered this little promotional video on Dave Lankes blog.  In an excellent example of branding, the Edmonton Public Library demonstrates how it sells what it does best. Can we do one of these for school libraries?  I want all parents, teachers, administrators, stakeholders to know who we are, what we do, how we can [...]

Book Trailers for All updated

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I met Teresa Schauer working with the SLJ folks on the Trailee Awards. She was the powerhouse and guiding force of our committee.

Consider ISTE & our SIG! A repost of Doug’s ISTE SIGMS alert

I am thrilled that our fair city, Philadelphia, is hosting the 2011 ISTE Conference.  I am doubly thrilled that TLs will be a fierce presence here.  Please consider attending this outstanding learning event from June 26th through 29th. While I am already overplanning events and sessions of all flavors, I wanted to highlight some events [...]

Curating the #TLChat Daily

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We began archiving the #TLChat hashtag as a daily newspaper around eight months ago. And now everyday I look forward to my email reminder to check out our newly aggregated news.  But, when I looked at the number of other subscribers (only 56!), I realized that so many of you have not yet discovered this [...]

PaperRater rates my paper

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I must admit I was suspicious of this one–I’ve always been suspicious of nonhuman writing assessments—but I now think PaperRater is a cool tool for students (and adults) interested in getting some feedback on their written work before they submit it for grading or publication. The free tool requires no registration and offers real-time, 24/7 [...]

Karen, on saving our staff

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5 reasons why_ View more presentations from Karen Kliegman. This morning, Karen Kliegman tweeted about her powerful and compelling argument to retain support staff for her elementary library program, and the district. I asked if I could share it here because I suspect it will help other make the case on behalf of our learners. [...]

On building a guide for research skills

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Returning to those Spring semester reflections . . . It’s been around ten years since we launched our school-wide research initiative.  A number of us on the faculty felt that we needed a little boost.  While I was migrating my pathfinders to LibGuides, I decided to pull together a number of research tools to make [...]

On LibGuides (and the dangers of relying on free lunch)

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It’s a new semester here in Springfield and I’ve been reflecting again.  (This post is kinda connected to the next, so please read on. It will be up soon.) I am a huge fan of free apps for creativity and productivity and dynamic information gathering. No surprise that in this blog I frequently celebrate the [...]