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Pinterest for bulletin board anxiety

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For me, the beginning of school is made even crazier by bulletin board anxiety. It has nothing to do with my artistic talents. Granted they are limited.  It has everything to do with idea deficiency. And then it also has something to do with the need to get something pretty up there even though you [...]

#tlchat live & get ready for more Café

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We’ve been playing around with the idea of beginning a live focused conversation around the hashtag #tlchat for quite some time.  It’s the start of a new school year.  Why not now? The goal is to get a conversation going on a particular evening around a focused topic, much in the same way that #edchat [...]

Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper:

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Every couple of years I attach a list of alternate project ideas to my September faculty newsletter.  As I began to update those ideas this time around, it occurred to me that it would be a much better list if we built it together. So here’s the document I have so far.  I invite you [...]

On Connectedness & the Learning 2.0 Conference

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August is Connected Educators Month. I started writing this post on the last leg of a flight home from Australia*, where Gwyneth Jones (the Daring Librarian) and I met with the fabulous librarians of Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Sometimes it really hits you hard that things have changed.  It hit me hard on this trip. [...]

The flipping librarian

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One of the things I am getting ready to do in September is to help a growing number of interested teachers flip. Just in case you’ve missed it, many educators are thinking about flipping. What is flipping? Flipping the classroom changes the place in which content is delivered. If the teacher assigns lecture-type instruction–in the [...]

Twiplomacy and tools for social network research

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A couple of years ago, while our students were engaged in a Middle East peace simulation, we discovered that Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted.  In fact, we discovered that at least three folks who called themselves Benjamin Netanyahu were tweeting. Once we distinguished the real Bibi from the imposters, the students representing him were golden. They were [...]

New Creative Commons license chooser

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If your kiddos are creating and publishing digital content at the rate mine are, you likely want to lead them to select a CC license to apply to those digital stories and posters and music videos and works of art. Just as it’s important to teach about the value of using Creative Commons materials, we [...]

Google calculates (more visibly)

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It used to be I could type any equation into a Google Search box and right below I’d see the answer. (That is, if I could figure out how to express the equation in my search box.)  You now get way more than your result.  And you get some support for expressing your math problem. [...]