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I love our beautiful new word wall! Right before we left for Thanksgiving break, we–well, actually Ray, Steve, and Mark–installed about twenty words.  The lovely, purple vinyl words were a gift from my generous friends at Syba Signs for whom I did workshops this summer. I hope the words continually remind us of what we […]

“Blacklisting” the Web?

I’ve shared two videos and included an infographic in this post.  If SOPA or Protect IP should pass Congress, the government could instantly and without question remove this blog from the Internet, and by doing so, remove the entire School Library Journal site as well. Two pieces of proposed legislation could change the game completely […]

12/5 is Smackdown/Open Mic/Karaoke night. Prepare!

Time to look back at the best of 2011 in our school library/edtech world and share! At the TL Virtual Cafe on December 5th, 8PM Eastern, we’ll be hosting a Learning Tools Open Mic/Smackdown/Karaoke.  And the plan is to get ready by building a crowd-souced presentation/book. Gwyneth and I are listed as host and presenter, […]

Share with school leaders: Douglas Reeves video

School Libraries in the 21st Century came across the AASL listserv a couple of days ago. It’s a bit different from the other advocacy videos we’ve been sharing. Douglas B. Reeves, founder of the Leadership and Learning Center, speaks to school administrators about a place you might not have been very recently, and that’s your […]

‘Tis the season for lists (and I love it!)

It begins around Thanksgiving each year. We reflect on what we learned, what we tried, what we loved, what we abandoned.  I thought I’d share a few of those early bird lists and a couple of opportunities for you to contribute to the list making yourself! Each year I look forward to Jane Hart’s list. […]

APPitic: a learning app directory

I just discovered APPitic, a super cool directory of more than 1300 apps for education, selected by a team of four Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs), who tested the apps with a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings. I love the way this is organized. Browse for relevant learning apps using pull-down […]

The new Pew on social networking: Regarding teens and kindness and cruelty

A report released this week from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the Family Online Safety Institute, with the support of Cable in the Classroom, explores Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites. Based on seven focus groups with teens and a nationally representative survey of nearly 800 […]

Karen Bonanno’s ASLA Speech: We are far from an endangered species!

Tweeting it out yesterday was just not enough to highlight the brilliance of Karen Bonanno’s talk at the Australian School Library Association Conference: A Profession at the Tipping Point: Time to Change the Game Plan. Some random nuggets you will take away: We are only an endangered species if we allow ourselves to be!  This […]

Protecting your reputation online: 4 things you need to know

A few days back, Mashable shared this infographic on e-reputation management. The very same advice digital marketing firm KBSD offers adults can be applied to high school students. College admissions officers, internship supervisors, and first employers are likely looking at our students’ personal profiles and social networking images and content to discover both their positive […]

On Why Johnny Can’t Search (with shout-outs to Francey & Buffy!)

This month Clive Thompson addressed Why Johnny Can’t Search in November’s Wired.  He also pointed to the importance of librarians teaching Johnny critical search skills. Thompson reported on research conducted by College of Charleston business professor Bing Pan, designed to assess college students’ search skills. Pan and his team found that the students generally relied on […]