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Microsoft’s Office 365 now free to schools

It’s the one-year anniversary of Office 365 and Microsoft’s VP for Education, Anthony Salcito just released some big news in his blog: Starting today, Microsoft Office 365 for Education is available, providing the world’s best productivity, communications and collaboration experiences to schools at no cost. Office 365 for education is a cloud-based suite that includes [...]

Resolved:That School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success

Sara Kelly Johns just shared this now official document on the AASL Forum List: Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success. Sara writes, It is not posted online yet, but will be soon. School libraries and librarians need help ASAP. If you can use it for advocacy, that’s great. Thanks go [...]

Google launches a MOOC for learning search

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Need a little retooling of your search skills?  Want to learn some new strategies for teaching search? The folks at the Google booth here at ISTE, just led me to their new free online searching course.  Registration for Power Searching with Google, a short course on becoming a great internet searcher opens today. The MOOC [...]

New from AASL: Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

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I am in San Diego for ISTE and I missed the live excitement, but for the fourth year, AASL just announced its Top 25 Websites for Teacher and Learning. These sites were selected because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and [...]

Our own Creative Commons

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Right before the end of school we launched a new creative space. The transformation of our reference area to a making space was funded by a very generous gift from a family in our community. This little video gives you a flavor of the change. The Altman family wanted the space to be accessible to [...]

You’re gonna want to share ShareMyLesson

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The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently partnered with Britain’s TES Connect to create the ShareMyLesson portal, featuring content developed by teachers, for teachers, with a significant emphasis on resources on implementing the new Common Core State Standards. The free site promises to be the go-to online community where teachers of students K through 12 [...]

Big NoodleTools news

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One of our favorite productivity and teaching tools gets even better at the end of the month. This week I got a sneak peek at the newly evolved NoodleTools.  The update represents a significant redesign of the citation interface. I’ve relied on NoodleTools for years.  I’ve appreciated all the previous updates that helped students take [...]

A great year for #SWVBC (with Libba and Lauren!)

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It’s been a great year for our Somewhat Virtual Book Club.  Actually, it seems easy to forget that it’s also been the first year for the SomeWhat Virtual Book Club. In the fall I shared that we experimented by joining several schools around the country for monthly book discussions.  Our kids were happy to make [...]

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder App (love it!)

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Quick, before the school year ends, share this app with your teens and maybe their parents. Quick, before the school year ends, download this app yourself.  You’re going to want to start using the genre search to support readers’ advisory tomorrow!!! YALSA just introduced its Teen Book Finder for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.  (An [...]

Honoring our filmmakers: If you give a kid a camera . . .

It’s not Hollywood, New York, or Cannes, but for a particular group of students, this red carpet will be unforgettable. This time of year we traditionally award students who over the year score the highest on their exams, attend class every day, participate the most in school activities, achieve glory on the field or court. [...]