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Infographics as an infolit product

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Data is the new soil. Because for me, it feels like a fertile, creative medium. You know, over the years, online, we’ve laid down a huge amount of information and data, and we irrigate it with networks and connectivity, and it’s been worked and tilled by unpaid workers and governments. . . But it’s a [...]

Everyone is talking apps, but . .

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At ISTE11 everyone is talking about powerful apps for learning. Apps for creating art and music and for publishing.  Remarkable apps for special education.   And apps for research. Educators here are discussing the powerful role mobile devices and apps can play in student research.  But no one is talking about library apps. No one [...]

Follett Challenge for the Most Innovative School Library: Time to vote!

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Way back in January, I wrote of the announcement of Follett’s seriously generous competition to recognize innovative library programs. You can now view and vote on the 124 entries to help select the People’s Choice winner. Here is today’s press release and the voting rules: RIVER GROVE, Ill., June 23, 2011 – More than 100 [...]

My report and a couple of (far more) stellar examples

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No one has ever asked me to do it.  But each year I spend time reflecting on the past year and pulling together an annual report. Here are the print and video versions for STHS Library: Each year, after I pull my report together, I discover the wonderful work our colleagues share as they describe [...]

Why cite?

I am adding this little video to my 9th grade orientation agenda for the fall and I’ve added it to my documentation guide. Produced by the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries, the film features a college student sharing his soul on an information ethical therapist’s couch and a visit from an uncited journalist. [...]

Share EdHeads.org with all your STEM friends!

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Edheads, is a free nonprofit organization located in central Ohio, providing free, educational online games focused on science, math, and critical thinking.  And their standards-aligned sims, designed for grades 2 through 12 and beyond, reinforce and inspire STEM-type learning.  Share these with science, tech, and math teachers before they leave for summer break! Each simulation [...]

Our new orientation video

Catherine and Greg just delivered the orientation video I asked them to produce for next year’s 9th graders.  Okay, so they didn’t get in all the details, and the focus is a little different from the original concept, but OMG, what fun!  And isn’t Chad a rising star?  I love it!

The FBI opens its Vault

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Holy primary sources!  Make sure you add this one to your history and primary source pathfinders! The FBI recently launched The Vault, its new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. New [...]

Sync free audiobook downloads

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Each week this summer, Sync, part of the Audiobook Community, will once again offer free digital audiobooks pairings. Each audiobook pair consists of a current YA title and a thematically connected classic or frequently studied title. The program begins on June 23rd.  And here’s the list: June 23 – June 29 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater [...]

I hope you’ll search (with skill): a revised letter to my grads

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(It’s that time again.  I was thinking about how sad I am going to be to say goodbye to this year’s senior class, and decided to update a piece I first shared in my April 2009 VOYA column.) A letter to my seniors Each spring I watch another class leave me for the university and [...]