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Adopting a display

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Adopt-a-shelf programs at public and school libraries ask volunteers to be responsible for shelf-reading and straightening a designated section of the library, usually a section to which the volunteer feels a personal attachment. I am blessed this semester with seven student interns and I am conscious of making sure that the time they spend with [...]

Checkthis! and other postery stuff

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Posters tell stories economically.  And there is no longer a need to share them with thumbtacks. I fell in love with Smore last spring (see Postering with new tools).  We now use it to promote library activities, to create marketing campaigns for sports and club events. Our students return to it often as a visual [...]

Celebrating interactive scaffolds

Primary Source Analysis Tool

Even with all those media-rich, glittery new resources out there, I find that I often return to some basics–a few simple, older and newer interactive tools for teaching and learning. Here’s an eclectic list of some handy interactive stand-bys: Primary Sources The powerful, one-page, interactive LOC Primary Source Analysis Tool allows users to choose the [...]

#TLElem: starting a new conversation

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@cktechtl: I have been an elem teacher-librarian for 6 yrs. @librarianmissk: This is my 4th yr as a TL, but it’s my 1st year in elem. @cktechtl: Sometimes I feel that I can’t keep up with new ideas @librarianmissk: Sometimes I feel like I am on a island by myself. I’ve kinda immersed my grad [...]

Google Drive’s new very appy Create menu

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It’s just a little easier to find your apps these days and to discover and connect to new ones. On Friday Google announced a new feature in its Drive interface.  The Create menu now expands to list a lovely variety of  third-party Drive-connected apps.  These apps may now be conveniently added to your Create menu [...]

Globalizing and Googlizing Science Fair

It’s your turn to change the world. It’s about time we remixed science fair for a networked, flattened, participatory world. Think of all those experiments year after year that lived for a few fleeting moments on a gym or cafeteria table, summarized on a cardboard tri-fold, only to be trashed days later. Think of all [...]

What’s Izik? Introducing a swipier, slashier search

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I’ve been searching for a search tool that makes me want to search on my iPad. I think I’ve found one that will work for me and for my students. Specially for tablets, Izik by Blekko is a new, free search app for iPad and android. Results are organized by contextual categories in an image-rich [...]

Resources for Black History Month

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I’ve been gathering a few Black History Month resources to share with teachers here at our high school and thought I’d share them here as well. African American History Month, a collaborative government-sponsored site, provides links to primary source-driven lessons from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Gallery, the National Park Service [...]

Why hair salons need to curate

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Please forgive this little journey about curation and life outside of school. I’ve been doing some thinking about curation and hair. Here’s my sad story and my proposed solution. I hadn’t had a hot shower for a week after Hurricane Sandy.  I was beat.  And my hair was full of knots.  When I got to [...]