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Street Lit in school libraries

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K.C. Boyd wrote this morning asking me to help get the word out about announcement of the 2014 Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) winners. This award was created by Dr. Vanessa Irvin Morris, author of the Reader’s Advisory to Street Literature and the official press release appears on her Street Literature site. The young [...]

#whylib: sharing our origin stories

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Note/update: the #whylib origin stories are now being collected on this Padlet.  See the embed below.This weekend a new hashtag meme emerged as a result of a little Twitter conversation. Sherry Gick wrote to explain It happened during a casual Saturday morning Twitter convo, but I think it’s amazing!  #WhyLib is the new hashtag to [...]

Gynzy, handy beyond the whiteboard (and a list of other goodies)

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My very dear friend, Eileen Welsh teaches kindergarten. This morning I asked her, “What’s the most effective teaching tool you’ve discovered for your little ones?” Without hesitation she answered Gynzy. Eileen shared: When it is time to create collaborative groups or partners in my Kindergarten classroom,  I no longer use the “popsicle stick” method to [...]

Google Slides and images news

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Among the reasons I’ve been reluctant to build more of my presentations in Google Slides was, frankly, that working with images in Google Slides was a painful process. But then, collaborating anywhere else is a painful process. This morning I got a sweet little surprise when I began a new preso. The little note said: [...]

Census visualization and a data set round-up

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Earlier this week, Gary Price shared news from the Census Bureau relating to its efforts to increase the use of visualization in making data available to the public. Part of the effort is this beautiful gallery.  The Bureau shares its plan: The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior [...]

Google Docs adds add-ons

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Take a close look at the Google Doc or Sheet you likely have open right now and you’ll see something new on a tab about the WYSIWYG tools. Last week Google launched add-ons–easily accessible tools created by Google’s developer partners that offer on-the-fly features for your documents and spreadsheets. When you click on the  add-ons [...]

TLNews Night: On student voice

Last night I attended the Special Spring Break Edition of TL News Night featuring some of the amazing men of libraryland: Andy Plemmons, Shannon Thompson Stacy Ford and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf.  Sherry Gick and Nikki Robertson moderated. The conversation focused on student voice. And it was pretty darn special, with practical, engaging, inexpensive and sticky learning [...]

Unite for Literacy offers free early literacy ebooks

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Attention primary and elementary librarians and teachers and parents! Exciting news from Colorado:  The Colorado Library Consortuim (CLiC), Douglas County Libraries and Unite for Literacy, a Colorado-based publisher funded by sponsorships, have partnered to provide access to more than 120 free ebooks for young children. The project site shares that these early literacy titles: are all [...]

Gen i Revolution: gaming personal finance and designing a new mission

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Please share this with teachers of business, economics, social studies and game design. I only recently discovered Gen i Revolution, the web-based personal finance game that challenges 7th through 12th grades students with a series of missions covering such concepts as: building capital, investing in human capital, budgeting, credit, risk and return, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, [...]

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest

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In working on a long piece about how youth services librarians are using Pinterest, I discovered the work of K.C. Boyd, who leverages social media to promote the image of her school, to build community, and to archive her students’ work. K.C. Boyd, is the Library Media Specialist at the Wendell Phillips Academy High School  (Chicago [...]