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Getting ready for Super Bowl and teaching with the “text” of life

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If you are a teacher, getting ready for next weekend might involve more than picking up a bucket of wings.  While the kids cheer their teams on with their friends and family, they could be thinking a little more critically, by reading the text of commercials. Really. Annually, Frank Baker’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse offers an [...]

Educon: When a conference works

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. . . If it’s part of a movement. If every day is a building block on the way to something important, and if the attendees are part of a tribe that goes beyond demographics or professional affiliation.  Seth’s Blog: When a Conference Works (and Doesn’t) I spent the weekend downtown at Educon. This January [...]

Looking closely at inaugural addresses

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This week many of us will take the timely opportunity to study an important primary source–the Inaugural Address. The New York Times offers a fascinating interactive timeline of word clouds, summaries, and full-text documents. (I suspect today’s address will be posted shortly.) The timeline takes a look at the language of presidential inaugural addresses. The [...]

How would you fill an Edcanvas?

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I am adding Edcanvas to my toolkit for curating, flipping, and presenting. The flexible platform allows teachers and students to organize and share teaching and learning materials, or their research products, in the form of a attractive visual grids composed of tiles. Pick a topic, choose a theme (tile layout) and create a canvas by [...]

Wikivoyage launches

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The mission of Wikivoyage is to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable worldwide travel guide. Wikivoyage, the new collaborative travel guide project, launched yesterday with around 25,000 articles. According to the project’s Welcome Page, the goals and the audience for this  multilingual space built on user-generated content are different from those of the its [...]

Advanced Power Searching with Google

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Serious about search? Wanna put your tactical talents to test? If so, register now for the Advanced Power Searching with Google Course, hosted by Google senior research scientist, Dan Russell. The course begins on January 23rd and runs through February 8th. Course materials will be released in two batches: Challenges 1-6 and Assignment 1: Wednesday, January [...]

#tlchat was even more live last night

I’ve said it before, but last night was further proof of the power of our growing TL network.  The live Monday night twitter chat (#tlchat) we began back in September, ran on both Twitter and Google+ Hangouts last night.  And our intrepid team managed and archived both platforms. The topic was: Get Those Books Moving: [...]

WLMA: The library should be the heart of the school

The wonderful teacher librarians of the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) recently released the five-minute video, Teacher Librarians at the Heart of Student Learning. The video, partially funded by Mackin, is designed to present school libraries and teacher librarians as a vital resource for student learning and to highlight the essential role teacher librarians play [...]

Popcorn Maker: Will it pop a great video conversation?

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So, imagine if every video we that watched on the Web worked like the Web–completely remixable, linked to its source content, interactive for everyone who used it. I think Popcorn could change the way we tell stories on the Web and the way we understand the world we live in.                      Ryan Merkley, Mozilla’s Chief [...]

Pew offers new Libraries page

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I was about to write an alert about several of the interesting new Pew Internet & American Life Project studies, when I discovered that it is now easier to discover those studies. The Pew Project recently added a Libraries page to their site, gathering research especially relevant to our community, as well as updates from [...]