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ASCD Part 1: Conversation with Heidi Hayes Jacobs

From "Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping"  Edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Last Sunday, I joined a group of bloggers interviewing educational authors and experts at the ASCD Conference here in Philadelphia. I’ll share some of the highlights in a series of post. First, I’d like to share a video interview with Heidi Hayes Jacobs–author and editor of Curriculum 21 and a personal hero and inspiration–who discussed [...]

From Syracuse a new video (and compelling research)

Ruth Small, Dave Lankes, and Barbara Stripling appear in this brief and effective video, presenting the value of school libraries and school librarians to learners.  New York Schools Need School Libraries presents these (slightly paraphrased) arguments: Ruth: Even when controlling for poverty level, elementary students in schools with full-time certified librarians had significantly higher ELA [...]

Research and an infographic about research

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Infographics are viral. In my own PLN, one of us discovers an infographic relevant to learning or libraries or research and it’s all over the edtech/library world in a matter of minutes.  And many of us are now using infographics as a student assessment. But, like political or commercial messages, infographics are carefully-crafted media messages.  [...]

Barbara for president

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The polls are open. If you are an ALA member you can vote for our ALA President. Likely you were notified by email and provided with your passcode and you will have until Friday, April 27 to vote. When you vote, I urge you to support my friend and mentor, Barbara Stripling for ALA President. [...]

Discussing the future of the textbook. Add your voice!

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Despite a stupid broken knee, I’ve found a way to get down to Silver Spring, MD tomorrow for Discovery Education’s Beyond the Textbook Forum. I am honored to be among a small group of teachers and thinkers I truly admire, but I am conscious of the fact that Karen (my dear generous friend and driver) [...]

NGA Images Database launches (with Open Access Policy)

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Yesterday, our National Gallery of Art made the following generous announcement that will be of interest to teachers and learners across the disciplines. The National Gallery of Art announces the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection at http://images.nga.gov. This repository [...]

TED-Ed video portal launches

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Right now,  there is a gifted educator somewhere out there delivering a life-changing lesson. The TED-Ed team hopes that anyone who is passionate about education will help us find that teacher, capture that moment, and amplify it the way that it deserves to be amplified. The folks at TED just announced a new initiative to [...]

Planning prom online

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A little background.  I never had a prom.  Back in 1971, Student Council of Canarsie High School voted the whole idea of a prom (we used articles back then) politically irrelevant. We had a war to protest.  As a Student Council officer back then, I was completely behind the decision. Though I never went to [...]

Searcheeze, please rethink your nasty approach

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This morning I was excited to discover the beta of Searcheeze, which appears to be an easy cool tool for collaborative curating. But I watched the intro video and went into a not-so-quiet tirade. Here’s how it starts: Search. It’s quite interesting how the meaning of the word “search” has been subjected to change in [...]

Scholarship gets democratic: JSTOR launches register and read

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JSTOR is one of my students’ favorite databases. They are kinda JSTOR junkies. But not every high school can afford to subscribe to this not-for-profit full-text resource, offering access to scholarly content from more than 1300 journals and thousands of primary sources. And then, so many individual researchers and young scholars don’t happen to be [...]