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The visit: from the author’s lens

A couple of weeks back, we were fortunate to host a visit from author James Kennedy.  James was adorable and so very generous with our students.  He charmed even the most charm-resistant of our kids. He mesmerized my Book Club fan-girls for two whole hours after a full day of formal presentations at both our [...]

The Picnik is over, but . . .

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I’ve been mourning my beloved Picnik. the photo-editing tool that closed its basket and moved to the Google+ Creative Suite.  We can use Picnik there. When we’re there. Happily, we have several other free options for when we’re not. I am kinda falling in love with PicMonkey.  In addition to basic edits, you can add: [...]

Flip this lesson! (a TED-Ed update)

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I talked about the launch of TED-Ed back in March.  The project, designed to inspire high school students with mind-altering video lessons presented by master teachers and amplified by talented artists, has grown way more collaborative and even more powerful for learning. The second phase of the initiative allows registered teachers to create and share [...]

On dear staff and flowers and maximizing equipment

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For so many reasons it’s nearly impossible to run a library without able staff behind you. They are the folks who make us look good and who allow us to teach and plan and make a difference with learners. This post is not about this serious issue. It is simply a tip for how to [...]

A peek at the Horizon 2012 for K12

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The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition is a collaborative research effort of the New Media Consortium (NMC), in collaboration with the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  The official report will be released in June at the 2012 NMC Summer Conference in Boston, hosted by [...]

Slikk looks pretty slick

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I discovered Slikk yesterday.  Still in beta, the new search tool is a nice alternative to the traditional list of links approach.  And it offers some interesting, flexible features. SearchBrowsing allows you to open search results in an embedded window to the right side the search page, making it more convenient to evaluate potential resources.  [...]

Coursera launches with new OER strategies

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Lifelong learners everywhere start cheering. I just added Coursera to our list of open educational resources (OER).  But in several exciting ways this one is very different. Courses are free and are offered by top universities: Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UM Ann Arbor, and U of Pennsylvania. But where past efforts archived lengthy video lectures [...]

CCSS and us

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success [...]

Finding the right moment (and many more YouTube tricks)

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YouTube is the largest video repository known to (wo)man. The global looking glass has changed the way we view and share news, culture, politics, our world.  It’s changed the way we learn, both formally and informally. Sometimes we don’t manage this monster of content as powerfully as we might.  Though there are many others, here [...]

Postering with new tools

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I thought I’d share a couple of cool tools I’ve been playing with to make posters for student projects and to promote library services and events. Currently in private beta, Smore may be the easiest way ever to create and share a quick online poster or flyer.  Here’s the poster I just pulled together to [...]