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MIT App inventor


  A few years back, in a powerful TEDx talk, Heidi Hayes Jacobs suggested, I think every student should design an app. I can’t think of a more practical, more challenging way to see if students could solve a specific problem, get it out there and make a difference to help people.  Or don’t. Instead, […]

American Archive: A new online “reading room” of historical public media

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To honor the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)–a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress-today announced the launch of its Online Reading Room.  The collection preserves significant historical public media content and makes it discoverable and searchable.  More than 100 public media organizations share content from […]

SlidesCarnival: it will make you feel better about templates (and about Slides in general)

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I make lots of presentations and I use presentations as a platform for instruction. For so many reasons, Google Slides is my go-to platform for creating presentations these days: It’s collaborative. I often work on presentations with partners. So do our students. It updates easily and save automatically. I can easily examine revision histories and […]

Late night in Columbus! (Two big unconferency AASL events)

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If, like me, you are counting the days till AASL, the biennial convergence of our people, you’ll likely be pulling your calendar together around now.  Yes, there’s a lot going on!  I am truly looking forward to the speakers, the authors, the sessions, the friends, and yes, the dancing. When the sessions and the dinners […]

When Carla met Scott and how they talked leadership with our library school students


This past week I was honored to host a very special Colloquium at Rutgers School of Information and Communication. Tough Times–Troubled Choices gathered together: Scott Bonner, Library Director of the Ferguson, Missouri Public Library and Carla Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as Rutgers’ own Nancy […]

Fantasy Geopolitics

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Developed by Minnesota high school social studies teacher Eric Nelson, Fantasy Geopolitics is an easy, fun and social way to get learners thinking about our flattened world.  Nelson began the game in 2009 as a strategy to engage his own students at North Lakes Charter School. Leveraging the popularity and competition of fantasy sports, this […]

PopBoardz: a media dashboard for instruction and presentation

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So, what would happen if Pinterest and Symbaloo and Blendspace had a baby?  Well, it might look a little like PopBoardz, one of my new favorite options for personal curation and presentation. PopBoardz allows you to organize the content you need and easily present from your iPad, iPhone or Mac desktop.  For educators, it can […]

How to host a hackathon (on the #sljhackathon breakfast)


I’ve been to nearly all of them, but for me, this year’s 11th Annual SLJ Leadership Summit may have been the best ever.  The speakers were inspiring. The crowd buzzed with energy. The panels were engaging and interactive.  The mix of practitioners included a wide range of ages. A youth presence was obvious! When SLJ […]

Mark your calendars! #TLDay15 is just round the corner


Once again, the Rutgers University Master of Information Program and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) sponsor a day celebrating our profession!  Join us on Monday, October 19th 2015 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT /1:00 PM  – 6:00 PM PDT for Teacher Librarian Day A Library 2.015 pre-conference, this open, online, […]

Media/news literacy resources too good to miss!

If you read this blog at all, you know I am a fan of Katherine Schulten’s posts for the New York Times Learning Network. This morning she outdid herself with a round-up of resources entitled: Skills and Strategies|Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources, in honor of News Engagement Day, coming up […]