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Curation is the new search tool

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I hope to introduce a variety of curating tools to classes and individual students this year.  While this is an exciting way for learners to discover how to manage their information worlds, not everyone actually needs or wants to curate every single time they begin research. Students and teachers can exploit the curation efforts already [...]

Delicious Stacks

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The reports of its death were greatly exaggerated. With Stacks–a kind of fusion of bookmarking, microblogging, curating, and sharing–Delicious beefs up and prettifies its popular bookmarking service. What’s a Stack? The site explains that these playlists for the web are collections of links: built around a common theme. To get started, visit the stack tab [...]

My first Summit report

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What I loved about the past three days at the SLJ Summit in Arlington, was the blend.  The discussion was reading, and we discussed reading in all its glorious traditional and emerging formats. Forward-thinking practicing librarians interacted with other reading passionate stakeholders–an array of authors, illustrators, researchers, publishers, distributors, developers, content aggregators, school administrators, and [...]

Read it 1st! (For Nerdfighters & the world)

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Inspired by Nerdfighteria, we decided to bag the traditional book-to-film display in favor of a far more awesome, far less sucky Read-it-first display. Our Springfield Nerdfighters not only approve, several volunteered to help us pull it together. The Readit1st pledge page offers a variety of embeddable web and Facebook buttons (with logo designed by Hank) [...]

Two goals, one stone, easy magic

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So my two big goals for the school year are 1) encouraging reading outside the curriculum 2) proving that learning opportunities exist outside the doors of our school and our library. Shannon Miller and I started chatted about connecting our book clubs late this summer, but the beginning of the school year hit and so [...]

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story

For my September newsletter, I decided to resurrect and majorly update an old PowerTools document of ideas I had for mixing up the traditional student project and for offering students alternate strategies for communicating their knowledge and creativity. Yes, I have tried many of these at home with adventurous teachers.  I thought I’d share.  Please [...]

Curation tools & the databases

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I am getting ready to make two cases with my learners in the coming week. One is my usual advice about carefully selecting sources and making use of the riches we provide in terms of our subscription databases. The other will be the importance of new strategies for curation, both for school research and for [...]

Free stuff from JSTOR

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My kiddos are true JSTOR junkies.  They rely on the scholarly database for their research in many areas, but particularly in history and lit crit. Alas, not every high school can squeeze this subscription into their budgets.  But cheer up, young historians and scholars . . . Earlier this week, JSTOR announced that they are [...]

See Sally Research @TEDxPhillyED

When I discovered I was selected to present at TEDxPhillyED last spring, I was both honored and terrified. Doug wrote about this event and his own TEDx experience in his post Everyone should give a TED talk. Doug hit the nail on the head with his question: So here is my question: Could you give [...]

Still time for the Trailees!

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Good news!  The deadline is extended for SLJ’s Trailee Awards! If you missed the August 31 deadline to nominate your favorite book trailer–perhaps because of that little thing called summer–you still have time to gather those little video gems. The deadline is extended till September 15. Submit your favorite book trailer in any of these [...]