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The AASL Unconference: Join us!

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If you’re planning to attend AASL in Hartford, please add our first-ever Unconference on your agenda. Our kinda edgy, late-night event will take place in the Capitol Ballroom at the Marriott beginning at 9 PM on Friday night. The focus is on informal, peer-to-peer learning, PLN building, and sharing–ensuring that voices get heard and that […]

Kaizena: improving voice feedback for student writing

Back in May I was excited to discover Voice Comments–a great tool for personally adding voice feedback to student writing or collaborative work. Recently, the app relaunched with a new interface and a bunch of impressive new features, as Kaizena.  (In Japan, Kaizen refers to a philosophy of continuous improvement.) If Google Docs is a way of life at […]

OMG, CEM! I need an extension. (And what were/are the librarians doing?)

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We’re nearing the end of October, the month the US Department of Education declared Connected Educator Month or #ce13. With more than 500 events, the celebration has been overwhelmingly successful, and it has been seriously overwhelming. I am afraid I failed as a volunteer and a leader. You see, instead of leading, my head was spinning.  When I could […]

I am a {social} librarian

In case you missed it when it was posted in August, here’s a cool infographic published by the folks at Elsevier, that describes the way I see my position. The original post explained: Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric […]

Teach with Movies is now free!

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TeachWithMovies offers access to more than 350 lesson plans and learning guides for movies and films. I’ve long been a big fan of reading and studying movies. I’ve been a fan of this site’s rich curricular materials for many years. I just discovered that I do not need to re-subscribe. The site is now available for free (though it will […]

Newsela: making news accessible for more learners

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Face it.  The news is not written for most of our kids, especially those who are struggling readers or new English learners. I showed Newsela to my ELL and several of my ELA teachers early this semester and we have some devoted fans. Launched in June, and the winner of a Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge, Newsela publishes articles […]

Laura’s Digital Badge Professional Learning Platform

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Laura Fleming, a new teacher librarian with a strong interest and expertise in interactive and transmedia storytelling, generously allowed me to share a post from her Worlds of Learning blog.   Eric Sheninger, Laura’s principal at New Milford High School, also shared this post in his A Principal’s Reflections blog.   Like many of us as teacher […]

Let’s test drive FlipGrid: please share your own elevator speech

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I recently discovered FlipGrid and I am truly excited about sharing this (currently) free, interactive discussion platform at the high school school and about using it with my grad classes, perhaps in a way similar to the way I currently use Voicethread. But first, please help me test drive it by recording your video response […]

The view from my circ desk vs. stories of heartbreaking inequity

It’s the close of the school day. I am sitting at the circ desk looking out at our library where our kids have access to more than 85 computers and assorted devices and tools for reading, research and creation. I am thinking about the great week we had: scanning curation sites for breaking news, honing filtered searches […]

Declaration is now online. Sign it and wear the badge proudly

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When I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, the resources were not yet available online.   They are now.  So please spread the message widely.  Have everyone you know who believes in equity, who believes that every child has a right to a strong library program, sign Barb Stripling’s Declaration. Host a face-to-face signing or […]