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Aren’t we already the “digital literacy corps”?

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I asked Fran Bullington, fabulous blogger and media specialist from South Carolina, if she’d allow me to share the post she wrote yesterday in response to Matt Ricthel’s New York Times piece, Wasting Time is New Divide in Digital Era. The article pointed to studies pointing to a new divide–that children of poverty spend more [...]

Join the June 7th #summerreading tweetfest!

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New York Times Learning Network editor/blogger, Katherine Schulten, wrote asking me to share news of what promises to be a big day in the bibliotwittersphere. Mark your calendars. Spread the word. Tell your colleagues.  Tell the kiddos. Let’s make this a huge international conversation. Let’s create the kind of  feed that even the most Twitter-resistant [...]

About The Watermelon: Can a YA novel change the world?

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My old college buddy (SUNY Binghamton ’75), author Michael Laser recently shared his latest young adult novel with me. We chatted a bit about the world of YA literature and about what inspires him to write. He shared with me that his latest book was differently motivated. The Watermelon is a loss of innocence story [...]

Unglue.it: crowdfunding ebooks

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unglue (v. t.) 2. To make a digital book free to read and use, worldwide. unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook. The crowdfunding of books is a new type of cause and it may allow [...]

A letter to my seniors (updated)

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A recent conversation on ALA’s  INFOLIT list–By graduation, what should K-12 students know about web search?–inspired me to update a post I did a few years back for eVOYA.  I’ll share this letter with my seniors in the next couple of weeks. Congratulations, Dear Senior Class, Secretly, I wish I could go along with you [...]

Google’s new Knowledge Graph

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Look for Google’s Knowledge Graph to roll out across all your (US English-speaking) searches –desktop, mobile, and tablet– in the coming days. A couple of days ago, Google Blog announced the new Knowledge Graph feature.  It just appeared in my search this morning and it just may be a search game changer.  The Google engineers [...]

Google Docs news

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In addition to a bunch of new fonts and templates, Google Docs just added a convenient Research Tool that automatically appears on the right side of your document and toggles off and on.  (If it doesn’t immediately show up, go to the pull-down menu under Tools.) The search bar offers web results, images, quotations, maps, [...]

Bookloose!

This is simply adorable and inspiring and a reminder that kids, even middle school kids, should have a voice in expressing what they need to learn and grow. Thank you teachers and students at Dowell Middle School in McKinney, Texas; for your charming production–Bookloose!

Map of Life launches its demo

Thanks to Gary Price of  LJ’s infoDOCKET I am exploring the first demonstration release of the Map of Life Project. The project’s ambitious goal is to show the global distribution of all plants and animals. Share this with teachers of science and geography! Map of Life will allow users to see several levels of detail [...]

Our ESL kids share their stories

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Yesterday was Diversity Day as STHS.  One of the projects I was happy to help with was our ESL Stories. We asked our little group of students from Ukraine, China, Tibet, and Korea, to share their personal stories about coming to America. While our initial intent was to create opportunities for our ESL students to [...]