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YALSA Teen Book Finder App, updated

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YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is one of my favorite apps.  I recommend it to my high school students and I/we often take it to the shelves on our iPhones, iPods or iPads for inspiration connected to YALSA’s recommended titles.   Good news.  This week, YALSA launched an updated version of the free app that now includes titles […]

Meet Club Academia, uncommon kids (who, BTW, love their library)

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Shilpa, Roya, Ahran, and Karan Mission: Club Academia strives to organize existing knowledge in ways that make learning easily accessible while simultaneously inspiring people to discover and innovate. Sometimes you meet a group of kids for whom being college and career ready is simple not enough.   As a high school librarian, I am often honored to work with […]

Working together is working smarter [Infographic]

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Based on a report recently released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), Working Together is Working Smarter, visually demonstrates the role of school librarians as highly involved leaders playing a critical role in their schools through consistent and sustained collaboration with other educators.   The infographic reveals our dedicated, voluntary leadership in the delivery of […]

Shannon’s Padlet on change and our other BLC presos

Greetings from Boston where I’ve been learning and presenting with friends at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference. I have much to report on, but first I want to share Shannon Miller’s Padlet asking folks to share their vision of library change–roles, responsibilities, physical spaces, collections, etc.–for the upcoming school year. The response was wonderfully […]

Brickflow for hashtag-based storytelling

One of my favorite tools for curating a breaking story as reported in social media has been Storify.   It’s widely used by journalists to aggregate news photos, videos, and tweets. Conference goers use it to grab and archive memorable moments.  I found it particularly handy to make sense of the multiple feeds emerging from the IASL […]

Shopping for online courses and other educational content

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For the growing numbers of us searching for online courses, as well as online educational resources, the portals are quickly growing in both number and size. Finding the best or most relevant content may be a challenge.  Sites like Kayak take care of of the would-be traveler with a cross-portal search, but what’s the would-be […]

Qwant a one-page, multilingual search aggregator?

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Among my recent discoveries in the world of search is Qwant. Launched in January by a French company, the multilingual meta-search, reaches into news, web, video, image and social content sources and allows (optionally) logged-in users to add and share bookmarks, respond to social posts directly from the interface, and maintain topic-specific notebooks. The attractive interface […]

Microsoft @ISTE–Surface & Bing for Schools

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Among the many sticky conversations I had at ISTE was one I had with Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, who generously took the time to introduce this confirmed Apple girl to Windows 8–the biggest change in windows since 1983.   We also discussed two big Microsoft projects aimed at education. 1. First a disclaimer/confession: I am […]

ALA’s Launches “Liberty” and the Privacy Toolkit

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In a powerful, proactive reminder of the principles for which our profession stands, yesterday ALA announced the launch of ALA Liberty, a new website that contains tools libraries can use to host educational sessions and public forums that help Americans understand their First and Fourth Amendment rights. ALA Liberty offers guides and tip sheets for libraries as […]

Recite this for inspiration

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I was wondering how folks have been making those simple, little quotation posters that I’ve seen around the Web. Until this morning, my dear friend Shannon Miller, shared Recitethis. Recitethis is a super easy and elegant tool for generating motivational images/posters.  Enter your favorite quote or message and select the most fitting or most attractive design […]