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CC 4.0 is here with more readable, more global, translated licenses

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In a BoingBoing post yesterday, Cory Doctorow shared Creative Commons’ release of its version 4.0 licenses. Released earlier this week, the new licenses are the result of a collaborative two-year process with ambitious goals. Cory summarizes the 4.0 improvements: They work in over 60 jurisdictions out of the box, without having to choose different versions depending on which country […]

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

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What teacher doesn’t want to share their most awesome lessons?  Emily is home for Thanksgiving and I’ve never seen her this charged about her teaching before. I’ve never seen her this charged about networking before. What I discovered is that Emily’s PLN journey is very different from mine. Our conversations revealed that I haven’t questioned […]

Our 3rd Annual Open Mic Smackdown!

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The end of the year draws year.  And it’s that time again! That’s right. Put the Thanksgivakkuh dishes away and get ready to smackdown. Librarians and teachers and other friends are invited to join me, Gwyneth and Tiff this coming Monday night for another exciting virtual, karaoke-style, smackdown! This is an opportunity for you to […]

Carolyn goes to the White House

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It’s not every day a teacher librarian is invited to the White House. Last week, our own Carolyn Foote spent a day there as a Champion of Change. In her reflection, Carolyn contends that leadership begins with sharing your voice, with being connected: Any one of us can lead–any teacher– any librarian–any administrator and any […]

Searching Google for contemporaneous news

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A few years back, I mourned the loss of Google’s New Timeline. I still miss that beautiful visual presentation, but you can still use Google News to search contemporaneous news. Contemporaneous news offers students unfiltered, personal connection to the past and forces them to wrestle with issues of bias and historical perspective. Contemporaneous news focuses a media literacy […]

Shannon’s holiday gifts and Lisa’s very useful printables

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Two inspiring/handy ideas came across my network yesterday.   My dear friend, Shannon Miller shared the mashed-up Smore newsletter she is preparing for her students as a holiday gift. When it’s complete, My Teacher Librarian Gave to Me will offer Van Meter families 20 days of awesome library and technology tools and resources. Shannon embeds several Tellagami introductions […]

Google Doc Story Builder

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Remember Google Search Story?   Google now offers the opportunity to tell stories by animating simulated Docs with its Story Builder. Each document can host up to ten participants and ten actions that may include staged edits.   Storytellers may add a soundtrack from a library of six styles.  Because no login is required to create […]

AASL: The unconference report

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Friday night a team of teacher librarians, and a few friends, hosted AASL’s first unconference. It all started with a conversation with Susan Ballard at a CiSSL Retreat at Rutgers this summer. I wondered if AASL would consider the idea of a participant-driven unconference event. Sue said, why not? and that she’d check on it […]

Remix-t: a new kit for remixing student projects

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I’ve just discovered the ridiculously useful Remix-t and I cannot wait to share it with our teachers and students. Created by the Learning Technology Lab at the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame, the site presents a full-blown kit for inspiring media-rich, project-based instruction and suggestions for hours of engaging professional development. Designed for the […]

The first ever (?) cell phone carnival!

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Last week, Tammy Pirmann and our STEM 1 Class hosted, what we think, may be the first ever Cell Phone Carnival. Tammy, K12 Coordinator for Computer Science, is also our high school STEM teacher. The curriculum for her two mixed-grade classes called for a Rube Goldberg-type of machine as the students’ first project.   But […]